The Global Governance Programme focuses its research on five broad interdisciplinary themes and on the many cross-cutting issues related to globalisation:
- Global Economics: Trade, Investment and Development.
Director: Bernard M. Hoekman
- Europe in the World: International Relations, International Security, World Politics
Director: Stephanie Hofmann
- Global Citizenship
Director: Maarten Vink
- Knowledge, Governance, Transformations
Director: Gaby Umbach
- Southeastern Europe
Director: Jelena Dzankic
- Cultural Pluralism
Under each research area a number of projects are carried out.
From 2019 until 2022 the Programme hosted the Forms and Dynamics of Global Governance research area.