LSE Global Governance conducts innovative and challenging research on key facets of globalisation: global governance, global civil society, climate change, regions, and global security. Researchers explore these concepts theoretically, engaging critically with current debates to elucidate new ways of seeing and understanding. Scholars also investigate the nature and terrain of globalisation, focusing on particular regions, issues and case studies, in order to unpick the impacts and implications of global processes. The concepts around which our research revolves are complex, sometimes contradictory and often contested. That is what makes the Centre's work dynamic, challenging and influential.
research theme: global governance
LSE Global Governance understands global governance not as government but as a minimum framework of principles, rules and laws necessary to tackle global problems, which are upheld by a diverse set of institutions, including both international organisations and national governments. The Centre's aim is both to increase understanding and knowledge of global problems, and to encourage interaction between academics and policy makers.
research theme: global civil society
Global civil society is about understanding globalisation 'from below,' from the perspective of ordinary people. We see the concept as describing an emerging reality of global civic action and connectedness. But global civil society is a highly contested concept, for which many meanings have been proposed but no agreed definition reached. We see this as an opportunity: debate about its meaning is part of what global civil society is all about.
research theme: global security
The impacts of globalisation are complex, contradictory and often damaging to the security of ordinary people. The effects of global economic processes - corruption, poverty and growing inequality – can destabilize societies and undermine hard-won development gains. Further, the weakening of the nation state, the growing cleavage between cosmopolitan and fundamentalist perspectives, and rise of new forms of violence, threaten local and global security. Our research seeks to understand the effects of these economic, political and cultural processes of globalisation in order to identify strategies and solutions to growing global insecurity in the 21st century.
research theme: regions
A major focus of LSE Global Governance's work is the way in which globalisation affects regional dynamics. At present, our work mainly concentrates on the Middle East and South East Europe.
research theme: climate change
Our research on international climate policy involves examining different theoretical conceptions of climate governance; focusing on the role of nonstate actors in global climate governance and developing a Handbook of Global Climate and Environment Policy, which will bring together state of the art reviews of research by renowned experts from around the world.