GaWC Data Set 23

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United Nations Institutions: Activities Matrix

P.J. Taylor and C. Blake

The data collection was paid for by the Metropolitan Institute, Virginia Tech (2005)


The data collection method was based upon that used for GaWC Data Set 11.

These data constitute the basis of part of the analysis in GaWC Research Bulletin No. 146 Leading World Cities: Empirical Evaluations of Urban Nodes in Multiple Networks and GaWC Research Bulletin No. 149 New Political Geographies: Global Civil Society and Global Governance through World City Networks.

Unlike other data sets of activity matrices, this one is not based upon a selection of network makers but includes the complete population of UN institutions. At the time of the data collection (2005) there were 78 institutions with presences in 404 places across the world. These were scored as follows:

2='regional' or 'liaison' office
1='field', 'branch', 'area', 'national' office, location of 'advisory' team or 'representative'.

The data consist of the following:

  1. The Activity Matrix of 78 UN institutions x 404 places
  2. A list of abbreviations for UN organisations used in the database and what they stand for
  3. A list of the places identified by country (many are small places for field operations)

Download Data Set 23.1: [Excel Excel file]
Download Data Set 23.2: [PDFpdf file]
Download Data Set 23.3: [PDFpdf file]


As per our data protocol, the following acknowledgement should accompany any public use of the data:

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: The data were produced by P.J. Taylor and C. Blake and constitute Data Set 23 of the Globalization and World Cities (GaWC) Research Network ( publication of inter-city data.