Covid-19 Projects

COVID-19 Trade Policy Database: Food and Medical Products

Many governments are using trade policy measures to increase the availability of personal protective equipment, medical supplies, and food products during the COIVD-19 pandemic. Such measures may take many forms and be carried out by different government agencies. Tracking them is important for assessing their incidence, effectiveness, and potential international spillover effects—particularly on countries that depend on imports of these critical products.

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Citizenship, Migration and Mobility in a Pandemic: A Global Study of COVID-19 Restrictions on Human Movement

Governments worldwide have taken an unprecedented array of measures affecting human mobility to curb the spread of COVID-19. Examples include evacuations, lockdowns and travel restrictions. Some states have applied these public health measures only to those with citizenship status, while others have included long-term foreign residents and settled migrants. We examine these choices and how they challenge our understanding of citizenship, migration and mobility.

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Citizenship Governance in the Age of Covid-19: The Case of Social Credit

The Covid-19 crisis has triggered a new wave of digitalisation. To counter the devastating effects of the virus, states and corporations are experimenting with systems that surveil citizens. Emerging technologies are increasingly used to assign ‘social credit’ to individuals, classifying them as healthy or unhealthy, safe or dangerous, trustworthy or treacherous. Such systems track citizens, rank or score them, and nudge or steer their behavior.

This project explores the models of social credit systems being developed and their effects on our lives. It argues that such systems remodel theories and practices of law enforcement, governance and citizenship, creating new concepts like ‘digital panopticon’ or ‘algocratic governance’. The project invites us to consider the technological challenges that will shape the institution of citizenship in the 21st century.

Liav Orgad, Part-time Professor, Schuman Centre

GlobalStat and the Covid-19 Crisis

GlobalStat is an aggregated statistics portal with tools for analysing data on social, political, economic, environmental, and sustainability variables worldwide. It sponsors two projects related to Covid-19. ‘Comparing contexts of evidence dissemination: The effect of crisis characteristics on the politicisation of expert knowledge’ studies how expert knowledge has been politicised in evidence-informed policy-making.

The project uses a comparative perspective to analyse the effects of different types of crisis, including the current Covid-19 pandemic. ‘Dynamics in Public Health Infrastructure: Hospital Beds and Covid-19’ looks into health system parameter and frames questions for future research on the topic. It analyses how health infrastructure and systemic conditions impact health crisis responses. Moreover, Globalstat’s ‘Living in the EU’ joint publication series with the European Parliamentary Research Service mirrors COVID-19 related developments in all issues planned for 2020, as in its latest version on working in the EU.

Gaby Umbach, Director of GlobalStat and Part-time Professor, Schuman Centre

Igor Tkalec, Research Assistant of GlobalStat

Forms and Dynamics of Global Governance

Indirect Governance Beyond Principal-agent Theory

The projects of this research area investigate patterns and dynamics of global governance. The aim is to identify conditions of success and failure. The approach is interdisciplinary combining perspectives from economics, political science and public administration.

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The Transformation of Global Governance

The Transformation of Global Governance Project is a horizontal initiative at the European University Institute, a joint endeavour of the School of Transnational Governance and the Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa Chair in European Economic and Monetary Integration at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies.

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Global Economics: Trade, Investment and Development

RESPECT – Realising Europe’s soft power in external cooperation and trade

RESPECT is a project funded by the European Commission under HORIZON 2020 for the period 2018-2021. Its overarching goal is to identify options and opportunities for better realising the EU’s soft power in achieving the external policy goals set by the Lisbon Treaty and the EU’s trade and development strategy.

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Revitalizing Multilateral Governance at the WTO 2.0

Following the Report of the High-Level Group of Experts on the Future of Global Trade Governance, the second stage of this project supported by the Bertelsmann Stiftung focuses on key areas of policy conflict such as subsidies and dispute settlement and on improving WTO working practices.

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Digital Trade Integration

The objective of the project is to increase transparency on the topic of digital trade restrictions via the creation of (1) a dataset of digital trade restrictions and (2) an index on digital trade integration. The aim is to set out a methodology based on international best practices on how to regulate digital trade.

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On trade policies and climate change

The proposed research aims at investigating how climate change influences trade (volumes, values, and patterns) and how trade policies are evolving and are likely to evolve due to climate change

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Services and Economic Development in Africa

This project centers on an empirical assessment of the relationship between the distribution of employment across services industries and key indicators of economic development in Africa. It involves the construction of a comprehensive database mapping the sectoral distribution of services employment at the sub-national level across a wide number of African countries and over time.

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Policy Research and Advisory Activities

An active programme of advisory activities and applied research that is centred on issues that are relevant for developing countries such as tailor-made training, both on the EUI premises and in other locations, and advisory work for international organisations and development agencies

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Trade Facilitation and Rules of Origin

This project, a joint venture with UNCTAD, focuses on developing tools and research to understand the extent of differences in product specific rules of origin across countries and trade agreements

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Voluntary Sustainability Standards

This projects reflects on the phenomenon of private transnational governance and in particular on Voluntary Sustainability Standards and their role for trade and sustainable development

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Trade Policy Research Network

The Network includes a number of projects such as the ‘Trade Policy Modelling Forum’, a consortium of modellers and their institutions and research on policy dimensions of supply chain trade and firm- and industry-level strategies in a Global Value Chain world

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WTO case law project

The project, started in 2001 with financial support from the American Law Institute, brings together lawyers and economists who jointly assess the previous years WTO Case Law at an annual conference hosted by the Global Governance Programme, EUI

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Europe in the World: International Relations, International Security, World Politics


The EU-Asia project aims to enhance education, while contributing to the academic and policy debates on the international politics and economics of the Asia-Pacific writ large.

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EU Foreign Policy Differentiation and Integration (EUDIC)

EUDIC addresses the occurrence of informal groups of EU Member States in EU foreign policy post-Lisbon. It will focus on EU approach to conflicts and crises.

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Cultural Pluralism

BRaVE: Building Resilience against Violent Extremism and Polarisation

BRaVE is an EU-funded research project researching the impact of, and means of responding to, extremism in seven different European countries.

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GREASE: Radicalisation, Secularism and the Governance of Religion: Bringing together European and Asian Perspectives

GREASE is looking at how religious diversity is governed in a broad range of cultures, comparing relevant norms, laws and practices, emphasising insights for countering radicalisation trends.

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SIRIUS – Skills and Integration of Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Applicants in European Labour Markets

Despite the polarisation in public and policy debates generated by the post-2014 fluxes of refugees, asylum applicants and migrants, European countries need to work out an evidence-based way to deal with migration and asylum rather than a prejudice-based one.

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PASTRES – Pastoralism, Uncertainty & Resilience

PASTRES (Pastoralism, Uncertainty and Resilience: Global Lessons from the Margins) is a research project which aims to learn from the ways that pastoralists respond to uncertainty, applying such ‘lessons from the margins’ to global challenges.

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DEFEND is an international partnership of academic, industrial and governmental organisations working together to tackle the emergence of African swine fever and lumpy skin disease in European livestock.

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MONITOR – Global Intelligence on Racism

A monthly magazine and portal acting as a channel to bring the most innovative research on racism around the world to global civil society and policy communities

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Global Elite Migration Of Opera Singers And Ballet Dancers (GEM)

GEM is a comparative, ethnographic, multi-method study of three intersecting elite migration streams from non-EU Eastern Europe, China and Cuba to EU Member States, United States, Canada and Australia. The project seeks to analyse the interaction between the ‘global elite’ migrant and his/her network as well as between globalisation and nationalism.

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Global Citizenship

Global Citizenship Observatory (GLOBALCIT)

GLOBALCIT is an online observatory and research network committed to fact-based and non-partisan analysis of citizenship laws and electoral rights around the globe. It publishes databases, national and comparative reports, indicators and debates on citizenship status and electoral rights. It relies on a large international network of academic experts who write country reports, collect legal documents and provide input for comparative databases.

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Global Citizenship Governance

Governing global migration is one of the most pressing issues of our time. With more than 250 million international immigrants, the question of how citizenship should be distributed has become a controversial issue, morally and politically.

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Academic Network to perform research services on issues pertaining to Citizenship of the Union rights and related policies.

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Migrant Life Course and Legal Status Transition

The MiLifeStatus, an ERC funded project, breaks new ground by investigating why, how, and for whom legal status transition matter, and how varying policies impact on this relation. After all, context matters. Not all migrants have the same opportunities or face the same obstacles when it comes to building up a life a new country.

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On BlockchainGov

A 5-year long, transdisciplinary research effort aimed at restoring trust in institutions at the community and global levels, by promoting better on chain and off chain distributed governance practices. The ERC Consolidator grant is led by Primavera De Filippi and has started on 1 January 2021

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GlobalStat is a database that aims to meet the need for publicly available information on our globalised world and globalising societies to support evidence-based analysis and informed decision-making.

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The TRIGGER project aims to generate knowledge on the EU’s actorness, effectiveness and influence in global governance. It will develop new ways to harness the potential of public engagement and participatory foresight in complex governance decisions, thereby also tackling emerging trends such as nationalism, regionalism and protectionism.

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On The Political Economy Of Measuring State Capacity And Governance: Mapping Transnational Approaches And Their Production

Given the immediate relevance of ‘good’ governance to the Post-2015 Development Agenda, the project maps the political economy of governance and state capacity measures by systematically analysing who rates state capacity and governance where, how, what for, and by whom it is funded

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