Global Phenomena and Regulation programme
IMéRA’s Global Phenomena & Regulation programme hinges on 4 interdisciplinary research themes bearing on the analysis and regulation of worldwide phenomena aggravated by current globalization trends:
- Globalization and sustainable development: As explicitly admitted in the UN’s Sustainable Development Objectives (SDOs), human development can only be conceived on a global scale considering the multiple interactions—economic (trade, outsourcing, etc.), demographic (migrations, epidemics, etc.), cultural (connectivity, networks, etc.) and environmental (global warming, etc.)—at play between North and South countries. The main lines of research are the impact of globalization on national and global inequalities, and poverty and public and/or private interventions at both levels to address it; the ecology of poverty; the multi-faceted role of infrastructures in the development process and the reduction of inequalities as well as global infrastructure design.
- Globalization, cultural dynamics and institutional change: This line of research is about exploring the role of globalization in the emergence of new national and transnational cultural dynamics and their potential impact on changes in institution governance at all geographical scales. This specifically includes research into the cultural and institutional dynamics under way in North African countries based on interdisciplinary approaches.
- Migrations: This line of research bears on all determinants of international (including climatic) migrations and their multiple consequences in all geographical domains. It is open to the study of relevant historical cases and more particularly to the analysis of recent international migration dynamics.
- Energy: The final aim is the development of a social science research programme on energy at IMéRA, including in particular: the study of socio-political determinants of energy transitions and associated public authorities’ policy dynamics; analysis and modelling of the world energy market, in particular hydrocarbons, in these times of shale gas and oil and energy hubs; rebuilding the production economic theory taking the above into account, etc.
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