Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB)

CIDOB is a leading Spanish independent, non-partisan centre devoted to international affairs. CIDOB’s vision promotes good global governance based on democratic practices and plural dialogue that embraces all differences.

For over 30 years, CIDOB has carried out field research and studies in order to maintain its capacity for interaction with the academic world; to provide original analysis to political and economic decision-makers; and to anticipate new trends before they reach the political agenda.

CIDOB has a particular focus on four fields of excellence: European Foreign Policy; Security Sector Reform; Intercultural dynamics; Migration Policy in Europe.

People involved:

  • Jordi Bacaria, Scientific Coordinator
  • Jordi Vaquer i Fanés, Researcher
  • Anna Ayuso, Researcher
  • Elina Viilup, Researcher
  • Laia Tarragona, Project Manager
  • Oriol Farrés, Data manager


Aberystwyth University
Wales, United Kingdom

People involved:

  • Dr Steve McGuire
  • Dr Sangeeta Khorana
  • Nicholas Perdikis
  • Nicola Barron

Aberystwyth University (founded 1872) is Wales’ oldest university. Enrolment is 11,000 students across three faculties.

The School of Management and Business (SMB) was created in 1998 and now has forty full-time academic staff and 800 students. MBA and MSc programmes are accredited by the Association of MBAs.

Research strengths in SMB include regional economic development and international economics and trade. SMB has two research centres: the Centre for Local and Regional Enterprise (ClaRE) and Centre for International Business and Public Policy (CIBaPP).

Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas A.C. (CIDE)

People involved:

  • Dr Lorena Ruano
  • Mark Aspinwall
  • Dr Mariana Magaldi de Sousa
  • Dr Camila Pastor
  • Jorge A. Schiavon Uriegas
  • Dr Alejandro Anaya
  • Gerardo Maldonado
  • Kimberly A. Nolan García

CIDE (Mexico City) is one of Mexico's leading public research centres in the social sciences. It is composed of six academic divisions hosting more than 100 full-time professors: Economics, History, Law, International Relations, Politics and Public Policy.

With active links to policy-makers, CIDE produces creative, methodologically rigorous interdisciplinary research designed both to advance scientific knowledge and improve decision-making and policy on major national and international issues.

Ecologic Institute (ECOLOGIC)
Berlin, Germany

People involved:

  • R. Andreas Kraemer
  • Dr Nils Meyer-Ohlendorf
  • Dr Tanja Srebotnjak
  • Elizabeth Tedsen
  • Dr Christoph H. Stefes
  • Benjamin Boteler
  • Katriona McGlade

Ecologic Institute is a not-for-profit think tank for applied environmental research, policy analysis and consultancy with offices in Berlin, Brussels, Vienna, Washington DC and San Mateo, California.

Founded in 1995, Ecologic is dedicated to bringing fresh ideas to environmental policies and to promoting sustainable development. Ecologic Institute's work programme focuses on obtaining practical results and on enhancing the importance of environmental protection and sustainable resource management in the fields of international relations, foreign and security policy, and global governance structures.

As an independent, non-partisan body, it undertakes applied research and analysis to increase awareness and understanding of the political, economic and technological forces driving global and environmental change.

Fundación para las Relaciones Internacionales y el Diálogo Exterior
Madrid, Spain

People involved:

  • Dr Giovanni Grevi
  • Dr Susanne Gratius
  • Dr Oladiran Bello
  • Daniel Keohane
  • Alejandro Barón

FRIDE was established in 1999 with a view to providing the best and most innovative thinking on Europe’s foreign policy.

It strives to break new ground in its core research interests of peace and security, human rights, democracy promotion, development and strategic affairs and mould debate in governmental and non governmental bodies through rigorous analysis, rooted in the values of justice, equality and democracy.

The main empirical research focus is on the development and promotion of democracy; the increasing role of emerging powers; EU-US relations; the role of international development cooperation in advancing universal values; governance and multilateralism; fragile states and energy security; the complexity of threats to peace and security.

Fundaçao Getúlio Vargas (FGV)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

People involved:

  • Dr Renato Galvão Flõres Junior
  • Dr Rubens Penha Cysne
  • Dr Celso Castro
  • Dr Joaquim Falcão
  • Dr Elisabetta Lazzaro
  • Inẽs Pereira de Sousa
  • Marina Drummond
  • Timothy Hobson
  • Fabiana Gonçalves Mayrinck

Fundação Getulio Vargas is an educational centre of quality and excellence. Its policy of promotion and incentives for the production and improvement of ideas, facts and information makes Fundação Getulio Vargas one of the most important institutions in the national and international arena, in addition to enabling the formation of ethical citizens, aware of their responsibilities as agents for social transformation.

Founded in 1944 with the main purpose of training qualified personnel for the administration of the nation’s public and private sectors, Fundação Getulio Vargas has pushed the boundaries of teaching and advanced into the research and information areas, becoming a Centre of quality and excellence.

Institut des Hautes Etudes de Management (HEM)
Rabat, Morocco

People involved:

  • Alfredo G.A. Valladao
  • Driss Ksikes
  • Dr Nezha Alaoui M’hamdi
  • Hammad Sqalli
  • Omar Aloui
  • Tariq El Kadiri
  • Katarina Pereira da Costa

HEM Business School – Institut des Hautes Etudes de Management (Institute of Graduate Management Studies) – is a private Moroccan business school, recognized on May 24th, 1988 by the Ministry of National Education.

Set up as a "Grande Ecole", HEM Business School selects students for admission based chiefly on national ranking in competitive exams and the completion of dedicated preparatory classes. The HEM Business School model is a pure product of Moroccan skills and yet is open to the world through renowned partnerships.

CESEM (Centre for Social Economic and Managerial Studies) was launched by HEM in 2007. Its main goals are to undertake research useful for better management practices, by using tools of social sciences such as surveys, fieldwork, case studies, workshops, seminars and international symposia. Main focus areas: microeconomic sociological research, governance of public decision-making processes.

Instituto Português de Relações Internacionais (IPRI)
Lisboa, Portugal

People involved:

  • Nuno Severiano Teixeira
  • Dr Andrés Malamud
  • Carlos Gaspar
  • Dr Luís Nuno Rodrigues
  • Dr Tiago Moreira de Sá
  • Carmen Fonseca
  • Dr Daniel Marcos
  • Edalina Rodrigues Sanches

The Portuguese Institute of International Relations of the NOVA University of Lisbon is an academic research institute founded in 2003.

It is home to various researchers specializing in political science, international relations, contemporary history, comparative politics, diplomacy and economics, transatlantic relations, European integration and post-colonial studies. The IPRI-UNL is organized by into three research groups - International Relations, Political Science and Prospective Studies.

Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI)
Rome, Italy

People involved:

  • Riccardo Alcaro
  • Nathalie Tocci
  • Ettore Greco
  • Nicoletta Pirozzi
  • Andrea Dessì
  • Chiara Rosselli

The Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) is Italy’s major international affairs research centre, as well as being the Italian research institute with the most developed international network capabilities.

The Institute’s mission is to promote the understanding of international relations through inter-disciplinary and policy-oriented research and meetings. Its main areas of interest are: Italian foreign policy, European integration and external relations, transatlantic relations, the Mediterranean and Middle East, international security and international political economy.

IAI is the Coordinating Institution of the FP7-funded project TRANSWORLD. The Institute also has also participated in numerous research projects financed by the Commission under the FP7 umbrella (MICROCON, EU4SEAS, MERCURY, MEDPRO, CORE). IAI regularly organises dissemination events, including conferences, workshops and guest lectures, and disseminates research results through regular publication outlets including its peer-reviewed English-language journal (The International Spectator, 55 Routledge), its online magazine (AffarInternazionali.it), its yearbook (L’Italia e la Politica Internazionale, il Mulino), its monographs (IAI Quaderni) and its working paper series (DocIAI).

German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF)

People involved:

  • Dr Ian Lesser
  • Dr Emiliano Alessandri
  • Dr Corinna Hörst
  • Madeleine Goerg
  • Mark R. Jacobson
  • Tim Ridout
  • Madeleine Goerg
  • Fernanda Faria
  • Laura Schusser

The mission of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMFUS) is to promote greater cooperation and understanding between the United States of America and Europe on transatlantic and global issues.

It focuses on helping Americans and Europeans to learn from each other, and from other industrial societies in order to best serve their economic, social, cultural, and political development. To achieve its purpose, GMFUS has built transatlantic knowledge and networks.

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)

People involved:

  • Gian Luca Gardini

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) is one of the largest universities in Germany.

With its five faculties, FAU offers an almost unique scope of subjects ranging from the Humanities to Law and Economics as well as Sciences, Medicine and Engineering. The close collaboration between the single disciplines is reflected by the University’s Mission Statement "Advance through Networks". FAU thus offers perfect conditions for interdisciplinary research and learning to students and scientists alike. Moreover, over the last decades, the University has established its reputation as a top-ranking institution in cutting-edge research.

It is firmly anchored in a close network of interdisciplinary co-operations. These include partners from industry, specialised non-university research centre and a number of leading international universities.

University of Pretoria
Pretoria, South Africa

People involved:

  • Lorenzo Fioramonti
  • Maxi Schoeman
  • Camilla Adelle
  • Dr Mzukisi Qobo
  • Andréas Godsäter
  • Frank Mattheis
  • Jacob Mati
  • John Kotspoulos

The University of Pretoria has established itself as the leading research university in South Africa in terms of research output, as measured by the SA Department of Higher education.

The Department of Political Sciences has established itself as a leading expert in the whole of Africa in various fields, including Comparative Regionalism, European Integration and Euro-African relations. In 2008, the Department was awarded a EU FP7 grant as a participant in the research project ‘Mercury: Multilateralism and the EU in Contemporary Global Order’.

Researchers have also collaborated with the research project ‘EU-GRASP: The EU as a Global/Regional Actor in Security and Peace’, funded under the FP7 programme 2009-2011. In 2010, the Department established a UNESCO Chair on Regional Integration, Migration and Free Movement of People and launched a Research Unit for Euro-African Studies.

Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Washington, United States

People involved:

  • Dr Daniel Hamilton
  • Paul Isbell
  • Joseph Quinlan
  • Katrien Maes

Johns Hopkins University is a leading U.S. research university with substantial commitment and expertise on international affairs and issues pertaining to the Atlantic space.

The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies is one of the leading graduate schools of international relations in the world, with campuses in Washington, DC; Bologna, Italy; and Nanjing, China. Its Center for Transatlantic Relations and its Centers for Brazilian and Latin American Studies, Canadian Studies and African Studies consistently rank among the top such centers in the world. The Center for Transatlantic Relations coordinates the American Consortium on EU Studies, recognized by the European Commission as the EU Center of Excellence Washington DC. CTR is currently conducting a policy research program, ‘Redefining the Atlantic,’ with support from the European Commission.

The Center has substantial experience with mapping data flows, illustrating and analyzing regional impacts of globalization; has published a series of books and articles on globalization and Europe; and has built an excellent network of policy contacts on these issues across the wider Atlantic Rim.