Politics, History and International Relations


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 in the Department of 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:

  • 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.
  • 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'.
  • Chris Zebrowski presented a paper entitled ‘Acting Local, Thinking Global: 
  • Globalizing Resilience through 100 Resilient Cities’ at the Localizing Global Security: Technologies, Protocols, Infrastructure Conference at Marburg University in Germany
  • Giulia Piccolino has been attending the 7th European Conference of African Studies in Basel.  She has also become co-coordinator of the AEGIS Collaborative Research Group on Politics and International Relations.  She’ll be taking organizing a formal reception and/or a roundtable with policy makers at the next ECAS conference in Edinburgh, 2019.
  • Robert Knight has delivered a series of talks linked to the publication of his book, Slavs in Post-Nazi Austria at the Institute for Ethnic Questions in Ljubljana, Klagenfurt University, and Vienna University. The Vienna newspaper Der Standardreviewed the ‘excellent study’ which profoundly re-examines some current historical interpretations of Austria’s Slovene minority. He has had a panel proposal, sponsored by the Central European History Association, accepted for next year’s American Historical Association annual conference in Washington, https://www.historians.org/annual-meeting/future-meetings
  • Paul Madrell delivered a lecture at the Memorial Centre Leistikowstrasse in Potsdam, Germany, (Soviet KGB's investigative prison in East Germany) in which he presented his research on Cold War espionage. The link ishttps://www.potsdam.de/event/vortrag-und-diskussion-der-gedenk-und-begegnungsstaette-leistikowstrasse 
  • Giulia Piccolino has been awarded a Santander Mobility Award to undertake research on the consequences of rebel governance in Cote d'Ivoire this summer. 
  • Taku Tamaki has been invited to speak at a workshop on Public Image and Narrative-Making in Japan-Korea Relations at the Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem http://truman.huji.ac.il/event/public-image-and-narrative-making-japan-korea-relations,  His paper is titled, 'Japan's Image of South Korea Today: Lessons from Ajia shiso'.
  • Helen Drake has published a co-authored paper 'Sixty-years on: France and Europe from the Treaty of Rome to the 2017 elections', in Modern and Contemporary France http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09639489.2017.1302674.  She has also been awarded an innovation in academia award – and invited to Athens to accept it. Full details coming on PHIR news and events.
  • A podcast interview featuring Taku Tamaki on Japanese textbooks and future-oriented diplomacy was launched 20 April (also discussed at http://theconversation.com/anthill-12-dont-remember-this-76430)
  • Moya Lloyd has published an article in Review of International Studies: ‘Naming the dead and the politics of the human’, 2017, Vol. 43, issue 2: pp. 260-279 - based on her Leverhulme fellowship research.
  • Christina Oelgemoller has published her monograph ‘The Evolution of Migration Management in the Global North’ in the prestigious Routledge Interventions series. This series provides a form for innovative and interdisciplinary work that engages with alternative critical, post-structural and feminist approaches to international relations and global politics. The book is an exciting and significant contribution to PHIR's development of international political theory.