The United Nations University - Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) is a research and training unit of the United Nations University. UNU-CRIS specialises in studying the processes and consequences of regional integration and cooperation.
UNU-CRIS, established in Bruges in 2001, is a research and training programme of the United Nations University (UNU). The UNU is a global network of centres engaged in research and capacity development to support the universal goals of the UN and generate new knowledge and ideas by providing a framework to bring together leading scholars from around the world to tackle pressing global problems. UNU functions as a decentralised 'network of networks' with a truly interdisciplinary and global perspective. This system comprises the UNU Centre in Tokyo and a world-wide network of Research and Training Centres and Programmes assisted by numerous associated and cooperating institutions.