IES Part of Research Network on Fragmentation and Complexity in Global Governance (FCGG) - a FWO project

The Institute for European Studies is partnering with universities, institutes and social science centers in Belgium, Canada, Sweden, Germany and Australia to work together for the upcoming five years.

The participants have been awarded with a grant application for the Research Network on “Fragmentation and Complexity in Global Governance” (FCGG), to foster international scientific exchanges and dialogues on regime complexes and institutional fragmentation.

IES Academic Director Sebastian Oberthür will lead the project on behalf of the IES. IES will especially contribute: (1) its long-lasting conceptual expertise on institutional/regime complexes that builds on about 15 years of academic research on the topic; (2) its in-depth empirical knowledge of institutional/regime complexes in environmental policy/law, including interactions with non-environmental institutions (trade, intellectual property rights, health, etc.); and (3) a multilevel-governance perspective that arises from work on the role of the EU in international institutions and the interaction between European regulations and international governance.

The research network officially came into being as from 1 January 2015. The project is funded by the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO).


Partners: Ghent Institute for International Studies; Antwerp Centre for Institutions and Multilevel Politics; Center for Research in Political Science, Université Saint-Louis; Canada Research Chair in IPE, Université Laval; Environmental Politics Research Group, Lund University; Chair of International Relations, University of Bamberg; Institute for International Law and the Humanities, Melbourne University; Stockholm Environment Institute, Oxford; Global Governance Research Unit, WZB Berlin Social Science Center.