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Regional Orders in International Environmental Politics (REORIENT)

English title Regional Orders in International Environmental Politics (REORIENT)
Applicant Balsiger Jörg
Number 157404
Funding scheme SNSF Professorships
Research institution Institut de santé globale Faculté de Médecine Université de Genève
Institution of higher education University of Geneva - GE
Main discipline Political science
Start/End 01.09.2015 - 30.04.2021
Approved amount 828'364.00
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All Disciplines (3)

Discipline
Political science
Legal sciences
Social geography and ecology

Keywords (7)

Regionalization; Environment; Pluri-regionality; Institutions; Regionalism; Asia; Europe

Lay Summary (French)

Lead
Au cours des trois dernières décennies, les relations internationales ont été caractérisées par une prolifération de la coopération régionale. Cette tendance a suscité des inquiétudes quant à des réductions en termes de légitimité, de responsabilité et d’efficacité, y compris dans des situations de chevauchement de différentes régions (ce que je désigne par la ‘pluri-régionalité’). Cependant, il existe un sérieux manque d’information sur l’ampleur exacte du phénomène, les moteurs de la régionalisation, et les conséquences de la pluri-régionalité.
Lay summary

Contenu et objectifs du travail de recherche

Le projet REORIENT vise cinq objectifs principaux. Premièrement, il s’agira d’effectuer une évaluation quantitative et qualitative de la pluri-régionalité. Deuxièmement, le projet développera des explications théoriques et empiriques des mécanismes conduisant la pluri-régionalité, avec des études de cas approfondies en Europe et en Asie. Troisièmement les résultats des études de cas seront validés contre les tendances actuelles dans les Alpes. Quatrièmement, le projet vise à contribuer à l’étude de la coopération régionale en matière d’environnement. Dans le cadre de ce projet de recherche, des doctorants seront formés et de nouveaux partenariats institutionnels seront créés.

Le projet comprendra une variété de méthodes, parmi lesquelles l’analyse des réseaux sociaux, des entretiens individuels et collectifs et de l’observation participante. Afin de mettre à disposition de nouvelles connaissances sur la coopération régionale, la plus grande base de données existante sera mise à jour, élargie et rendue accessible au public sur Internet.

Contexte scientifique et social du projet

Avec son approche pluridisciplinaire, le projet construit des passerelles entre plusieurs domaines de recherche : les relations internationales, la géographie politique, le droit international et la sociologie politique internationale. Il contribue ainsi à une meilleure compréhension de la régionalisation comme un des phénomènes mondiaux les plus répandus.

Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 09.03.2015

Responsible applicant and co-applicants

Employees

Publications

Publication
Sustainable development and the concept of scale
Debarbieux Bernard, Balsiger Jörg (2020), Sustainable development and the concept of scale, in Sarmiento Fausto, Frolich Larry (ed.), Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, UK, 49-66.
What we know (and could know) about international environmental agreements
Mitchell Ron, Andonova Liliana B., Axelrod Mark, Balsiger Jörg, Bernauer Thomas, Green Jessica F., Hollway James, Kim Rakhyun E., Morin Jean-Frédéric (2020), What we know (and could know) about international environmental agreements, in Global Environmental Politics, 20(1), 103-121.
Still Saving the Mediterranean? Expert communities, regionalization, and institutional change
BalsigerJörg, CugusiBattistina, VanDeveerStacy (2019), Still Saving the Mediterranean? Expert communities, regionalization, and institutional change, in Peterson M. J. (ed.), Routledge, New York, 33-53.

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
Mountain Research Initiative (Greg Greenwood) Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
UniGE Institute for Environmental Sciences (Anthony Lehmann, Roderick Lawrence) Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
Centro Studi di Politica Internazionale (Battistina Cugusi, Andrea Stocchiero) Italy (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
University of New Hampshire (Stacy VanDeveer) United States of America (North America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
University of Agder (Stefan Gänzle) Norway (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
UniGE Department of Geography and Environment (Bernard Debarbieux) Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
UNESCO, Man and Biosphere Prograamme Vietnam (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
University of Oregon (Ron Mitchell) United States of America (North America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
UNCTAD, BioTrade Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Scientific Network for the Caucasus Mountain Regions (Nina Shatberashvili) Georgia (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Université Laval (Jean-Frédéric Morin) Canada (North America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
United Nations Environment Programme, Vienna Office (Matthias Jurek) Austria (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Geography (Raisa Gracheva) Russia (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Institute of Resources and Environment, Hue University Vietnam (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
Regional Studies Association Annual Conference 2019 Talk given at a conference Pluri-regional environmental governance at the Russia-Europe interface 05.06.2019 Santiago de Compostela, Spain Koritchenko Elena;
International conference "Environmental Knowledge and Policy Innovation between East and West. Lessons Learned and not?" Talk given at a conference Regional environmental governance at the Russia-Europe interface 28.05.2019 Minsk, Belarus Koritchenko Elena;
International Studies Association 60th Annual Convention, 2019 Talk given at a conference What is pluriregionality and why should we care? 27.03.2019 Toronto, Canada Koritchenko Elena; Balsiger Jörg;
International Studies Association 60th Annual Convention, 2019 Talk given at a conference Modes of Regional Environmental Governance in the Situa on of Pluri‐Regionality at the Russia‐Europe interface 27.03.2019 Toronto, Canada Koritchenko Elena;
A World of Flows: Labour Mobility, Capital and Knowledge in an Age of Global Reversal and Regional Revival, RSA Annual Conference 2018 Talk given at a conference What is pluri-regionality and how does it help us understand global reversal and regional revival? 03.06.2018 Lugano, Switzerland Balsiger Jörg; Koritchenko Elena;
International Studies Association 59th Annual Conference, 2018 Talk given at a conference Still Saving the Mediterranean? Expert Communities, Regionalization and Institutional Change 04.04.2018 San Francisco, United States of America Balsiger Jörg;
Which region? The spatial and scalar politics of regions and the regional in international politics and security Talk given at a conference Back to the Future: Vestiges of a Post-regional World 02.02.2018 Zürich, Switzerland Balsiger Jörg;
8th Pan-European Conference on the European Union "The Union's Institutional and Constitutional Transformations: Stress or Adaptation?" Talk given at a conference Macro-regionalization in the Alps 15.06.2016 Trento, Italy Balsiger Jörg;
International Studies Association 57th Annual Convention, 2016 Talk given at a conference Pluriregional orders in international environmental politics 16.03.2016 Atlanta, United States of America Balsiger Jörg;
Institute for Environmental Governance and Territorial Development Retreat Individual talk Regional orders in international environmental politics 03.09.2015 Bogis-Bossey, Switzerland Balsiger Jörg;


Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
145119 Comparing regional environmental governance in East Asia and Europe (EE-REG) 01.01.2013 International Exploratory Workshops
149536 EU-gems: Gouvernance de l'Environnement et Macro-régions en Europe 01.01.2014 Project funding (Div. I-III)
137989 European Regional Mountain Initiatives (ERMI): From Pyrenees to Caucasus 01.01.2012 Interdisciplinary projects

Abstract

The proliferation of regional cooperation is one of the most prominent trends since the end of the Cold War. In international environmental governance alone, some 60% of all agreements are regional, contributing to growing unease over institutional density among scholars and practitioners, who point to the risk of declining legitimacy, accountability, and effectiveness of international governance. The proposed research examines the widespread but previously neglected phenomenon of pluri-regionality: situations where countries are subject to multiple, overlapping regional agreements. Building on and expanding prevailing debates about institutional complexity and fragmentation in international relations, legal studies, and international political sociology, the project investigates the mechanisms driving regionalization and responses to pluri-regionality by means of a global assessment of pluri-regionality using an enhanced version of the international environmental agreements database as well as a comparative study of European and Asian contexts.
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