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Centre for the Study of International Governance

The Centre for the Study of International Governance (CSIG) is a multidisciplinary research centre based at Loughborough University. Located within Politics, History and International Relations (PHIR), the centre brings together researchers from across the university to analyse emerging political challenges from a mix of innovative, cross-disciplinary perspectives.

Questioning international governance entails moving beyond the actions of individual states to inquire into the processes through which governance is conducted in areas above, between or beyond sovereign territories. This raises questions concerning the agents of governance (who is responsible, how are they organized, how are they legitimated), what is being governed (how is it problematised and to what end is governance directed), and how governance is being conducted (what are the logics, rationalities, technologies and practices of governance)?  In asking these questions researchers contributing to CSIG observe, contest and critically enrich debates about some of the most pressing challenges of our day. 

Our research expertise cuts across four principal thematic areas:

Phil Parvin Democracy without participation: A new politics for a disengaged era 18 October 2017 K109 (Manzoni Building) 12:00-13:00
Chris Zebrowski “Crisis and Emergency Governance theme discussion” 08 November 2017 K109 (Manzoni Building) 13:00-14:00
Christina Oelgemoller “International Political Theory theme discussion” 15 November 2017 K109 (Manzoni Building) 13:00-14:00
Giulia Picolino The consequences of rebel governance : preliminary results from Northern Cote d’Ivoire” 13 December 2017 K109 (Manzoni Building) 12:00-13:00
Giulia Piccolino “Peace and Conflict theme discussion” 13 December 2017 K109 (Manzoni Building) 13:00-14:00
Nicola Chelotti “Diplomacy and International Governance theme discussion” 07 February 2018 K109 (Manzoni Building) 13:00-14:00
Christos Kourtelis  'The EU's normative power as hegemony in the EU's neighbourhood policy' 21 February 2018 K109 (Manzoni Building) 13:00-14:00
Paolo Cossarini  "People’s quest for sovereignty? Victimisation, humiliation, and banal populism in the Spanish/Catalan clash" 25 April 2018 K109 (Manzoni Building) 13:00-14:00
Ali Bligic   A Human Security Perspective on Migration: A Compass in the Perfect Storm (Eventbrite registration) 4 May 2018 LDN.1.04, Loughborough University London 17:00-18:00
James Sidaway (National University of Singapore) Securing urbanization’s multiple frontiers: a view from Yangon, Myanmar
(co-hosted with LUNN)
17 May 2018 K105 (Manzoni Building) 15:00- 16:00
  • “Grant application review session”, March 14, 1-2pm in K109 A session (led by Giulia Piccolino) designed to workshop grant applications for those in their initial stages or close to submission. Application materials will be circulated prior to the event.
  • “Reflecting CSIG in our teaching”, 18 April, 1-2pm in K109 Over the course of last semester, we have been exploring the cutting-edge research of our members. Yet, is this research adequately reflected in our teaching programmes? This session has been set-out to reflect on the current constitution of our teaching programmes in Politics and IR and identify strategies for improving our programmes through research-led teaching

  • “Abstract Writing and Review Workshop”, 2 May, 1-2pm in K109 Abstracts are an important element of any published piece of research. This session (led by Christina Oelgemoller) is designed to reflect on abstracts-in-progress in terms of what they communicate and how they could be improved with a view of strengthening the writing-process. Abstracts will be circulated prior to the event.

  • “CSIG in London away day”, 4 May, noon-4pm in LU LDN CSIG members will be travelling to London thanks to the generous support of LU LDN. The day’s events will be designed to explore opportunities for greater integration between CSIG and those taking place with colleagues at the London campus (LU LDN).
  • On Monday 30th October the 28+ Perspectives project team (led by prof. Helen Drake) opened the doors of its first ever Brexit café (hosted by the Centre for European Research at Queen Mary University London). Over canapés, wine and candlelight, guests enjoyed ‘conversations that matter’, in the spirit of the World Café method. Guests moved between tables where hosts helped shape discussions on the project’s findings and about whatever was on their minds, Brexit-wise. The project’s findings revolved around three major areas: a) the current state of the Brexit negotiations; b) Brexit and populism across Europe; c) the emotional response to and around Brexit using Twitter feeds. Academics and other stakeholders mingled in an atmosphere that they told us was conducive to fresh thinking and frank exchanges.  Further information can be found on the project website: http://www.28plus.eu/#home .

  • On 17 October 2017, CSIG (together with LUNN) organized a public lecture entitled ‘Catalonia’s independence: When nationalism and democracy clash’.  Eunice Romero Rivera (Open University of Catalonia) and Paolo Cossarini (Loughborough University) led discussion on the current constitutional crisis in Catalonia.  The event was lecture captured and can be accessed through the following link.

  • On 5 June 2017, Chris Zebrowski and Dan Sage organized the Organizing Preparedness Practitioner Workshop.  The event brought together emergency practitioners and Loughborough academics to discuss research collaborations in preparation of a major research grant application. The event was sponsored by CSIG and financed with SSPGS seedcorn funding.

  • On 24 May 2017, CSIG invited our former student, Bissan Fakih, to deliver a talk on her work in Beirut for The Syria Campaign. The talk starts at 1300 (U020 Brockington extension) and will be followed by a showing of the Oscar winning film about discussion.
  • Giorgos Katsambekis has joined the Management Committee for the COST Action CA16211 "Reappraising Intellectual Debates on Civic Rights and Democracy in Europe."  This is a Europe-wide interdisciplinary research network, scheduled to run until September 2021.  

  • Christina Oelgemoller was interviewed about Italian government policy and migration for the 10pm Aljazeera News Hour on the 17 June. The link is http://yellownews.tveyes.com/Transcript.asp?StationID=2690&DateTime=6%2F18%2F2018+12%3A10%3A08+AM&Term=Loughborough+University&PlayClip=TRUE

  • Christos Kourtelis will present his research on EU rural development programmes in the Arab Mediterranean countries to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament on 11th July

  • Guilia Piccolino presented a paper ‘Local peacebuilding in a victor’s peace. Why local peace fails without national reconciliation' at the International Seminar ‘The Global South and UN peace operations: contemporary debates on conflict, violence and intervention’,  Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, 29-30 May 2018.

  • Taku Tamaki has received £2k from the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation today to support archival research in Japan. He's also presented research at the annual conference of Nordic Association for Japanese Studies https://nordicjapan.wordpress.com/ (NAJS) in Copenhagen (May 25-26). His paper was entitled: 'South Korea as Japan's Reality: The Lessons of Ajia shiso Thinkers'

  • Giorgos Katsambekis recently gave an interview to POP – Political Observer on Populism, published at https://populismobserver.com/2018/06/25/interview-26-populism-and-the-future-of-democracy/ 

  • Guilia Piccolino presented ‘Territorial planning for peace and statebuilding in the Alto Cauca region of Colombia’ at the workshop ‘Peace Operations and Peace Agreements: Experiences from the Global South’, at the BRICS Policy Center, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 28 May 2018. The workshop was organized by the Global South Unit for Mediation and by Columbia University.

  • Christos Kourtelis was invited by the University of Peloponnese to offer two guest lectures on Euro-Mediterranean relations.  He also presented work on EU's foreign policy in North Africa at The EU in International Affairs in Brussels (16th-18th May) and at the ECPR Standing Groups held at Sciences Po (13th-15th June).
  • Moya Lloyd and Laura Brace (Leicester) have published  'Critical Exchange' on 'The politics of the human' in Contemporary Political Theory.
  • Cristina Flesher Fominaya will be giving a talk titled ‘Navigating the Technology-Movement-Media-Complex’ at COSMOS, Scuola Normale Superiore Florence, on May 16 http://cosmos.sns.it/all-events/cristina-flesher-fominaya-navigating-the-technology-media-movements COSMOS is one of the leading centres on social movement studies in Europe. She will be talking about theoretical approaches to studying the relationship between (digital)media and social movements and setting the research agenda in the field.

  • Giulia Piccolino (Co-I), Kate Gough and Carolina Escobar Tellos have been recommended for funding under the highly prestigious Newton RCUK-Colciencias Research Partnerships Call 2017. The project, ‘Territorial planning for peace and statebuilding in the Alto Cauca region of Colombia’, will be undertaken with the Universidad del Valle in Colombia. The funding will enable the team to hire a Postdoc for two years and meet their research expenses. The partnership with Universidad del Valle will enable them to produce a specially tailored training programme designed to build the capacity of local populations to participate in territorial planning in the Alto Cauca region.
  • Dr Jeremy Speight, an Assistant Professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, will be visiting the University’s Department of Politics, History and International Relations for the duration of the summer to work on When Does Rebel Governance Persist? Rebel Governance and Post-Conflict Peace-Building in Côte d’Ivoire.

  • Alex Christoyannopoulos’ recent co-authored paper on anarchism and religion has been translated into French and published as a book under the title Anarchisme et Religion (Lyon: Atelier de création libertaire, 2018). A book launch talk and discussion was held at the Centre de Documentation et de Recherche sur les Alternatives Sociales in Lyon on 11 April. Alex was also interviewed about the book on a Swiss radio, and the interview is now available as a podcast. His 2008 article published in Anarchist Studies has also been re-published as: ‘Leo Tolstoi über den Staat’, translated by Sebastian Kalicha, in Arbeitsgruppe Anarchismus und Gewaltfreiheit (eds.), Je mehr Gewalt, desto weniger Revolution: Texte zum gewaltfreien Anarchismus & anarchistischen Pazifismus (Heidelberg: Verlag Graswurzelrevolution, 2018), pp. 17-59.

  • Giulia Piccolino presented a paper ‘The Politics of Rebel Authority in Postwar States: Theory and Evidence from Côte d’Ivoire’ at the ISA conference in San Francisco together with Philip Martin (MIT) and Jeremy Speight (University of Alaska Fairbanks). The panel had very good attendance and the presentation received very favourable feedback. She has also published a piece on The Conversation entitled ‘How an uproar over aid and sexual exploitation ignored women’s actual experiences’ (https://theconversation.com/how-an-uproar-over-aid-and-sexual-exploitation-ignored-womens-actual-experiences-92200.) Tomorrow at 6pm Paris time (5 pm UK time) she will be on air on Radio Africa nr1. The interview is part of their broadcasting ‘Le Grand Débat’ about Cote d’Ivoire under the Alassane Ouattara presidency and Giulia will be talking about her article recently published by Politique Africaine (radio link is http://www.africa1.com/emissions/le-grand-debat-22)

  • Moya Lloyd delivered a keynote address at the conference ‘Dimensions of Vulnerability’ at the University of Vienna on 5 & 6 April. https://philevents.org/event/show/38562

  • Ali Bligic’s first book Rethinking Security in the Age of Migration: Trust and Emancipation in Europe has been published in paperback.
  • Paul Maddrell has published Spy Chiefs, Volume 1: Intelligence Leaders in the United States and United Kingdom, http://press.georgetown.edu/book/georgetown/spy-chiefs-volume-1  and Spy Chiefs,
    Volume 2: Intelligence Leaders in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, http://press.georgetown.edu/book/georgetown/spy-chiefs-volume-2   - both with Georgetown University Press. He was co-editor of  Vol. 1 with Christopher Moran, Ioanna Iordanou, Mark Stout and lead editor of Volume 2.

  • Caroline Kennedy-Pipe has published ‘What We Now Know and What We Have Forgotten’ in Government and Opposition. Vol.53.no.2.pp.356-384,  2018.

  • Ali Bligic haspublished a co-authored article 'Toward a Pedagogy for Critical Security Studies: Politics of Migration in the Classroom' in International Studies Perspectives and republished 'Turkey is Using Syrian Refugees as Bargaining Chips' for the Conversation in the Rights in Exile Programme of The International Refugee Rights Initiative.  

  • Caroline Kennedy-Pipe will be Visiting Professor at the University of Lille in Security Studies during the Easter Vacation and has also been awarded a Visiting Fellowship at the Rothermere American Institute University of Oxford, this summer.

  • Ali Bligic has given a series of talks: 'From 'City of Sanctuary' to 'These Walls Must Fall': Politicisation of Humanitarianism' at the Institute of Resilient Societies, Amsterdam; 'EUropean Migration (Mis)Management: Unintended Consequences, Potential Solutions' in the closed meeting at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs; 'How is #RefugeesWelcome slowly destroying pro-migration struggles?' at University of Roskilde, Denmark; 'The LGBTQ Battalion in Syria: When Anti-Colonial Wars Go Queer' at Charles University in Prague, an online seminar as part of the project Hybrid Revolutionary Actors in Global Politics, which he has recently joined.

  • Paul Maddrell has published an article in the Spectator Online about Boris Johnson's comparison between the Berlin Olympics of 1936 and the World Cup: https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2018/03/boris-johnsons-putin-hitler-comparison-is-right/ 

  • Caroline Kennedy-Pipe has given a keynote lecture at the NATO counter-terror centre in Ankara on UK experience of terrorism and a paper on ‘Developments in Drone Warfare’ at the University of York
  • Paul Maddrell was interviewed this month by the Sunday Express about the attempted assassination of the former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia: Sunday Express online: https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/933346/russia-news-uk-theresa-may-vladimir-putin-nerve-agent-attack-salisbury-cold-war. He was also interviewed about the attack by the Brazilian magazine Veja: https://veja.abril.com.br/revista-veja/o-veneno-de-putin/. And he appeared on Sky News to discuss what sanctions to impose on Russia in response to the attempted assassinations.

  • Giulia Piccolino’s co-authored Benin report has been published as part of the Bertelsmann Transformation Index project.

  • Ali Bligic published a co-authored article in Political Psychology entitled ‘Trauma, emotions and memory in world politics: The case of the European Union’s foreign policy in the Middle East conflict’

  • Giorgos Katsambekis will be participating in the launch event and Symposium of the Leeds Centre for Democratic Engagement, contributing to Panel 3 of the Symposium which is titled ‘Populism from Below? Grassroots Activism and Radical Democracy.’ More info on the event here: https://cde.leeds.ac.uk/events/centre-for-democratic-engagement-inaugural-symposium-democratic-engagement-in-the-age-of-brexit/

  • Paolo Cossarini published (2017) ‘Indignation as Resistance: Beyond the Anxiety of No Future Alternatives’ in Eklundh, Zevnik, Guittet (eds), Politics of Anxiety, London/New York: Rowman and Littlefield International, pp. 141-164 and is working on a co-edited collection, Populism and passions: democratic legitimacy after austerity for Routledge

  • Chris Zebrowski spoke to an audience of critical thinkers and European diplomats at the Prague Insecurity Conference 29 Nov. 2017-2 Dec. 2018.

  • Ali Bligic signed a contract for a co-authored book with Routledge on the theme of ‘Positive Security’.

  • Giorgos Katsambekis has had a paper accepted for the 2nd Populism Specialist Group (PSA) Workshop at the University of Bath, 23-24 March 2018. His paper is titled ‘Constructing the people of populism: a critique of mainstream approaches.’ Info on the Workshop here: https://psapopulism.wordpress.com/2017/11/30/defining-populism-concepts-contexts-genealogies-2nd-populism-specialist-group-psa-workshop-23-24-march-2018-university-of-bath/

  • Ali Bligic gave a public lecture on December 14 hosted by Free University of Amsterdam, Department of Anthropology, entitled ‘Unmaking the Mediterranean: Radical Human Security and the Migration “Crisis’’’; presented a research paper (‘Emotional Production of Europe’s Neo-colonial Masculinity through Migration Management’) at Queen Mary University of London; gave an online seminar to MA students of University of London, Institute of Paris, about Europe’s migration regime; and then skyped in to public event organised by ULIP on ‘migration crisis’.

  • Paolo Cossarini  was invited to give a lecture at the Department of Culture and Global Studies - Aalborg University (Denmark) in November  on ‘Populism and Passion: mapping the emotions-politics nexus in Spain and Europe’.

  • Giorgos Katsambekis will be submitting a manuscript to Routledge  titled The Populist Radical Left in Europe(co-edited with Dr Alexandros Kioupkiolis).  It is expected to be published in late 2018.
  • Ali Bligic published ‘The Violence of Frontex on the EU Borders’ commissioned by the Civil Society Futures Project and funded by Black Journalism Foundation in January. It’s now reprinted in Red Pepper magazine’s February/March issue.  He also published another piece in the Conversation entitled ‘Turkey is using Syrian refugees as bargaining chips as it moves against the Kurds’ . This came out on Feb 6, and was translated to Portuguese and republished at Esquarda.net news website in Portugal.
  • Paolo Cossarini was interviewed on Catalonian issues by Sky News, Russia Today and TRT Turkish television in October/November 2017.
  • Giulia Piccolino (with Philip A. Martin and Jeremy S. Speight) has published the following report, ‘Les conséquences d’une gouvernance rebelle: enquête au nord de la Côte d’Ivoire’, Bulletin FrancoPaix Vol. 3, no 1 - Janvier 2018, Chaire Raoul-Dandurand en études stratégiques et diplomatiques, Université du Québec à Montréal.  Accessible here

  • Paolo Cossarini was invited to give a lecture at the Department of Culture and Global Studies - Aalborg University (Denmark) on the 2nd of November - title of Lecture: "Populism and Passion: mapping the emotions-politics nexus in Spain and Europe".

  • Christos Kourtelis has taken the role of LU liaison for FEMISE. FEMISE is the largest network of research centres focusing on Euro-Mediterranean relations. You can find more information about FEMISE at: http://www.femise.org/en/le-r%C3%A9seau/about-femise/ .  He has also published an article in Mediterranean Politics. Kourtelis, C. (2018) ‘From Neglect to Selective Engagement: The EU Approach to Rural Development in the Arab Mediterranean after the Arab Uprisings’, Mediterranean Politics, 23:1, pp23-42, DOI: 10.1080/13629395.2017.1358897

  • Giulia Piccolino (along with Philip Martin and Jeremy Speight) has published “Rebel Networks’ Deep Roots Cause Concerns for Côte d’Ivoire Transition” in International Peace Institute Global Observatory, October 12, 2017. Accessible here.

  • Giulia Piccolino presented her paper 'Local peacebuilding and "social cohesion" in post-conflict Côte d’Ivoire: a paradoxical engagement?' at 2 conferences in September: the International Association for Peace and Conflict Studies (IAPCS) conference in Manchester and the 11th Pan–European Conference on International Relations in Barcelona.

  • Giulia Piccolino had a paper co-authored with her research partners, Philip Martin (MIT) and Jeremy S. Speight (Alaska-Fairbanks) accepted for ISA ('When Does Rebel Governance Persist? Militarization and Post-Conflict State-Building in Côte d’Ivoire' AND she'll be organising a thematic stream at the next African Studies Association of the UK (ASA UK) conference in Birmingham next September.

  • Ali Bilgic attended the 11th Pan-European Conference of European International Studies Association in Barcelona (13-16 September) as a co-chair of section called ‘Exploring and Studying Emotions in Global Politics’. He presented two papers entitled ‘Emotional Performances of Sovereignty: Constructing Neo-colonial Masculinity’ and ‘Memory, Trauma and Foreign Policy: EU’s Agency in the Middle East Conflict’.

  • Taku Tamaki attended the European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS) Conference in Lisbon (August 30th and September 2nd) and delivered a paper titled: ‘Globalization and Nationalism: Abe Shinzo's Beautiful Country Narrative’. 

  • Christina Oelgemoller’s book, The Evolution of Migration Management (Routledge) published earlier this year has been nominated for the ISA-ENMISA book award Details of her book can be found here

  • Ali Bilgic’s co-authored article ‘European Union and Refugees: A Struggle for the Fate of Europe’ was given to the Swedish press: https://www.etc.se/utrikes/forskaren-sa-avgors-eus-ode-av-flyktingfragan and the Minister of Migration of Sweden, Heléne Fritzon, replied to the points we raised in the article: https://www.etc.se/utrikes/sa-sviker-sverige-migranterna-pa-medelhavet (both in links in Swedish)

  • Taku Tamaki’s new piece in The Conversation, ‘Caught between Trump and Kim, Japan is nervous and alone’ has been published. This is being translated into Japanese by Newsphere <http://newsphere.jp/>

  • Phil Parvin presented research at the APSA conference in San Francisco. 

  • Ali Bilgic has been appointed to the Prince Claus Chair as of the 1st of September 2017. The chair was established in January 2003 to support the research of ‘an outstanding young academic’. Ali will be working on ‘Migration and Human Security’ at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University, Rotterdam, though he will continue his work at Loughborough during the 2 year appointment. His inaugural is scheduled for April 12, 2018, in the presence of Queen Maxime in Noordeinde Palace, the Hague, and will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Chair. More information about the chair at http://princeclauschair.nl/

  • Giulia Piccolino and Philip Martin (MIT) delivered a presentation on rebel governance and post-conflict transition at the Institut pour la bonne Gouvernance, le Développement et la Perspective (IGDP), Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire), which was attended by Ivorian researchers from the Université Félix Houphouet Boigny (University of Abidjan) and by foreign researchers, as well as development practitioners.

  • David Roberts has published an article in Politics concerning the pedagogical implications of the ‘pictorial turn’ with data generated from PHIR politics and IR students!  To access the article follow the link:  http://journals.sagepub.com/eprint/28zVZJmSHIgj5QaXK975/full

  • Taku Tamaki has given three talks: “Globalization vs. Nationalism: Abe Shinzō’s Beautiful Country Narrative” (International Studies Association Hong Kong conference); “Japan’s Image of South Korea Today: The Lessons from Ajia Shisō”(Hebrew University of Jerusalem); and “Japanese National Identity and Cool Japan” (Swedish Institute of International Studies, Stockholm). He has also published an online article “Japan has Turned Its Culture Into a Powerful Political Tool” in The Conversations. <https://theconversation.com/japan-has-turned-its-culture-into-a-powerful-political-tool-72821>.

  • Giulia Piccolino’s article 'A victor’s peace? Peacebuilding and statebuilding in post-2011 Côte d’Ivoire' has been accepted for publication in African Affairs – the premier journal in the field. Publication is scheduled for October 2018.

  • Ali Bilgic has published 'The European Union and refugees. A struggle over the fate of Europe', co-authored with Michelle Pace in Global Affairs. Vol.3 No: 1, 89-97. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23340460.2017.1322252.  He has also joined the Editorial Board of Mediterranean Politics.

  • Ali Bilgic delivered a public lecture to launch his book at University of Bristol on May 3: 'Turkey and the West: What Gender Analysis Offers' and delivered a staff seminar the following day: 'Emotional Performances of European Neocolonial Masculinity: Life to be Feared, Despised and Cherished'.