In recent decades, there has been a growing divergence between the organisation of society and the inherited conceptual framework of the 20th century political sciences.
The group seeks to re-examine established notions of identities, categorizations and boundaries defined by classical political science concepts through different forms of empirical investigation.
Our interests include contestation surrounding intergovernmental organisations and interactions between states, citizens and non-state actors in different settings, ‘western’ and ‘non-western’; and in different configurations, from the urban or rural neighbourhood to supranational or deterritorialised spheres.
Our research programme has two interlinked core research areas: conflict and institutional transformation, both of which we consider as a consequence and further cause of transnationalisation processes.
Our research programme examines conflicts at every level: from neighbourhood conflicts to civil war.
While recognizing that conflicts vary substantially in depth and scale, we consider it worthwhile to examine linkages and comparisons in the dynamics of conflicts against the background of transnationalisation.
We look at the negotiation or escalation of different forms of objective or subjectively experienced inequality and exclusion, and at outcomes in terms of distributive effects, changing identities, and forms of citizenship or its denial.
Our second core research area concerns ongoing transformations in the institutional forms of and relations between states, interstate organisations and transnational civil society, markets and knowledge infrastructures.
We have a special interest in the emergence of new types of governance institutions.
We are concerned with the contested legitimacy of these institutions, the norms they propagate and the outcomes they generate.
Our research themes include: