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Oxford Social Sciences Showcase Programme

Andy Hurrell’s project, ‘Governing the globe: Designing Global Institutions for the 21st Century’, was the proposal selected from several applications to the Oxford Social Sciences Showcase Programme.

The Social Sciences Division received Fell Funding to establish a multi-disciplinary programme to showcase the Social Sciences in Oxford. Under a programme director, the selected programme is intended to draw together a group of researchers, run a graduate seminar and conduct a workshop. The research and papers that emerge out of the seminar and workshop form a book that will be launched at a major conference.

Andy Hurrell’s project, ‘Governing the globe: Designing Global Institutions for the 21st Century’, was the proposal selected from several applications to the scheme. The over-arching theme of global institutional design builds directly on some of the work that several of the Centres/Programmes within the Department are doing and will develop new links, across various disciplines, within Oxford Social Sciences and beyond. The project has three main stages, ‘National Sovereignty as a recalcitrant problem’, ‘Modalities of Governance’ and Issue-Areas and Interconnections’. These stages aim to showcase work that is currently in progress, to illustrate how the different disciplines involved in global institutional design can learn from each other and better understand the common problems and differences associated within different issue-areas of governance, and to prepare for a way to further research bid and for external development funding.

The Project will begin on 1 January 2007 and will take place over an 18 month period. Andy Hurrell is University Lecturer in International Relations, Director of the Centre of International Studies and Faculty Fellow at Nuffield College.