GEM PhD School

Globalisation, Europe & Multilateralism

Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate

Interdisciplinary Research > An Introduction


Interdisciplinary by design, the GEM PhD School welcomes researchers from a wide array of backgrounds ... Its constituent research is located at the crossroads of 7 fields of inquiry involved in assessing the challenges facing cotemporary “Globalisation, Europe and Multilateralism” … This diverse research agenda is structured along 3 “Jointly Executed Research Projects” (JERP) … While overall coherence is fostered through a set of shared research platforms

NOTE: The GEM PhD School programme has finished in 2018, and no further fellowships are available


The heart and soul of the GEM PhD School is the research accomplished by its constituent members. The research accomplished by any of the associated Academics, Researchers or PhD Fellows tackles a specific question facing one or several of the GEM PhD School’s research agenda on “Globalisation, Europe and Multilaterlism”


1 Overarching Research Agenda

The various personal projects developed with the GEM PhD School focus on one or several of the three interdependent phenomena acknowledged in its heading: Globalisation, Europe and Multilateralism.

The uniting factor binding the programme’s diverse activities is a shared interest in: (1) the international dimension of contemporary governance challenges; (2) the lessons to be drawn from comparative research; and (3) the broader insights born from the specific institutional experience of the EU’s external action. Fittingly, the GEM PhD School’s resolutely outward looking perspective includes both Global Studies, as well as Comparative Research.

Empirically, if the European continent and in particular the EU’s experience are a central benchmark, even touchstone, of the programme’s research; alternative experiences be they at the global or other regional levels are also included with a view on feeding both comparative research and a better understanding of the EU’s international environment. As a result, individual projects settle on a particular Global Governance initiative; a specific EU external Action or any other regional cooperation effort.

3 Structuring Jointly Executed Research Projects

Three specific Jointly Executed Research Projects (JERPs) - initiatives identified within the broader context of the GEM PhD School’s research agenda - will offer the program its underlying backbone, and ensure that the programme combines both inter-disciplinary dialogue with more focussed analysis of a given dimension of the broad and complex phenomena at play within Globalisation, Europe and Multilateralism.

This three-pronged structure is the product of the available expertise within the consortium. Each doctoral candidate will be associated with one of the abovementioned research tracks and will spend at least their first year at the institution heading the chosen Jointly Executed Research Project.

If each of these JERPs is a topic driven interdisciplinary project which seeks to cover as many fields among the 7 covered as need be; a relative level of specialisation can be observed in light of a given JERP’s research obkect’s afinitity to a given set of disciplines.



5 Shared Research Platforms


7 Intersecting Disciplines

All individual research projects are located at a given intersection of any of the following 7 disciplines:

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