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Presentation of the Centre

The Gothenburg Centre for Globalization and Development (GCGD) conducts and promotes research on how globalization processes affect development in the South and seeks to identify appropriate domestic and international policy responses.

The Centre seeks to integrate and develop research on globalization at the University of Gothenburg. We arrange seminars, workshops and conferences, and support research projects on globalization and development. Our ultimate goal is to produce top-quality, multidisciplinary research across the field of globalization and development.

The starting point for our research agenda is that the global community has agreed to work for sustainable global development, while at the same time, the global system designed to help bring this about looks more fragile and less sustainable than it has done for a long time. It is noted in the Sustainable Development Goal (SGD) documents that each country holds the primary responsibility for its own economic and social development. However, this can be facilitated by external assistance and by the organisation of global social, economic and political systems. It is the latter dimensions that will be the focus of the GCGD research programme. Successful political actions to reduce injustices in the world and to achieve the SDGs depend on the provision of comprehensive, scientific facts and understanding of the issues involved.

Since its start in 2009 the Centre has supported, and will continue to support, a broad range of research activities on globalization and development, but during the next year our primary focus will be on
populism’s challenges to sustainable global development within the current ‘anti-globalization’ and ‘post-globalisation’ trends.

This programme of the GCGD draws on the ways in which development is being reinvented by populism, namely how global sustainable development will be achieved when international collaboration and exchange are increasingly challenged. We will focus on facilitating interdisciplinary discussions and research projects that address some of the following questions:

  • Is the current populist trend an expression of lack of confidence in globalization?
  • What are the consequences of populist governments for development policies/processes?
  • How are different states and social movements reinterpreting globalization de/globalization trends?
  • How have the politics of identity shifted in light of these trends?
  • What are the sources of current heightened opposition to increased global transactions and interdependencies, as well the associated global governance?
  • What strategies of ‘re-globalization’ are available, including reform and transformation of the rules and institutions that govern the global political economy?
  • How has violence been normalized in this new age of anti-globalization and right-wing politics?
  • In particular, how can inclusive democratic citizenship and sovereignty obtain due voice and influence in a revitalized global cooperation both in the global south and north?

Presently, researchers from a wide range of fields collaborate under the auspices of GCGD. Our aim is to further broaden the reach of GCGD across GU and Chalmers while at the same time honing the focus of a common research agenda.

In August, 2018, the leadership of GCGD shifted from Professor Arne Bigsten (School of Business, Economics and Law) to Professor Maria Stern (School of Global Studies), although Arne Bigsten and Maria Stern will together shepherd GCGD into its next phase as a center. Importantly, this move to School of Global Studies (SGS) continue and develop in the same spirit of interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary dialogue that has flourished during its growth at School of Business, Economics and Law.

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