RISC-RISE Working Groups
DEVELOPMENT, EQUITY AND POLICY COHERENCE
Coordinators: Dr. Lauri Siitonen & Dr. Harlan Koff
The objective of this working group is to examine the coherence of public policy systems for the promotion of sustainable development. It examines the emergence of regional policy-making and its relationship to the Sustainable Development Goals. The group adopts a comparative regional perspective that examines development challenges faced by stakeholders in different world regions and the interconnectedness of development processes between these regions. It considers how regional integration can contribute to the achievement of sustainability within these contexts. The group is particularly interested in normative policy coherence for development perspectives through which development strategies aim to reinforce key norms in global affairs such as human rights, gender equality and socio-ecological sustainability, amongst others.
MANAGEMENT OF STRATEGIC RESOURCES, ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY
Coordinators: Dr. Carmen Maganda and Dr. Edith Kauffer
This Working Group explores the challenges of creating a truly sustainable and equitable society from interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity perspectives. It aims to establish a platform of trans-regional comparative research in order to:
- broaden and integrate the discussion on socio-economic-political analysis concerning the management of strategic resources
- promote better social knowledge of environmental politics and socio-development-environmental problems
- promote environmental rights analysis in a global context
CIVIL SOCIETY, VULNERABLE POPULATIONS, AND STATE POLICIES OF HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
Coordinator: Dr. Claudia Puerta Silva
This Working Group seeks to conduct collaborative/comparative research on the role and incidence of civil society in regional and state policies of health and well-being. This approach considers the social and political maturity of the state, the world context of a supposed democratization and liberalization of access to health and well-being, as well as the recognition of the plurality of concepts which inform these policies and an increase in the expectations and demands citizens manifest before the state.
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND THE LINK BETWEEN REGIONAL AND GLOBAL GOVERNANCE ARCHITECTURE
Coordinator: Dr. Suzanne Graham
History is replete with examples of bodies or groupings organized by states in a spirit of community for some perceived greater good or purpose. Whether these bodies are motivated by a neorealist desire to preserve a balance of power in a structured political world; a neoliberal institutionalist philosophy to implement international law and moral codes through such bodies; or constructivist insights that reflect bodies born of shared ideas, the commonality is human beings acting on behalf of a state/unit/actor to examine and resolve challenges facing society and humanity. Obvious examples include the European Union, BRICS, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, African Union and the United Nations. Governance architecture and its efficacy, reflects, and depends on, varying measures of commitment from and across regional, or global, members; constitutional arrangements; buy-in and implementation; and belief in an enduring philosophy of purpose.
QUALITY OF DEMOCRACY
Coordinator: Dr. Victoria Graham
This Working Group explores the possibilities for democracy to loosen the stranglehold of poverty, insecurity and weak rule of law that continue to buffet citizens of democratic nations throughout the world. It seeks to support interdisciplinary research that endeavors to understand the factors shaping citizens’ ability to meaningfully engage with or change institutions, and how the quality of democratic institutions changes over time.
THE SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF RISK AND DISASTERS
Coordinators: Dr. Dora Ramos and Dr. Virginia García Acosta
This Working Group aims to develop and promote research and teaching activities, as well as comparative discussions, on the forms in which conditions of risk and disaster develop in different countries. It also seeks to identify both cultural and social practices associated with risk-disaster reduction, as well as with recovery capabilities in disaster cases associated with both sudden and slow impacts.
COMPARATIVE BORDER AND MIGRATION POLITICS
Coordinator: Dr. Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly
This Working Group integrates the comparative examination of contemporary developments in border regions and migration systems into more general discussions of political and economic transformations in global politics, thus creating a connection between border and migration debates (which are often artificially separated) and linking local and global studies in both arenas.
CONFLICT, VIOLENCE AND CITIZEN SECURITY
Coordinator: Dr. Juan Carlos Velez Rendón
This Working Group promotes academic discussions on conflicts, violence and security policies located in urban, regional, national and international environments with different social, political, cultural and economic contexts.