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SNIS Annual Report 2014

In 2014, the SNIS has succeded in its efforts to bring cutting edge academic knowledge to a wide audience. The first film documentary “Rubber in a Rice Bowl”, released in March 2014, has proved to be a particularly efficient tool to communicate complex research results. The movie that has encountered a remarkable success, will be screened at the Swiss Pavilion of the Universal Exhibition in Milan under the patronage of the City of Geneva. The SNIS is particularly proud thus marking its presence as an actor of International Geneva.

In its eighth year of existence, the SNIS is looking back on the work achieved and the aggregate numbers since 2008 demonstrate that the SNIS has definitely found its place in the Swiss research funding landscape. The overview “SNIS in numbers” provides some essential key figures. While looking into the future, the SNIS will also have to demonstrate its validity as part of the general effort to support International and Intellectual Geneva. The SNIS is confident that its stakeholders agree with Bernard Kuiten (Head of External Relations, World Trade Organization) who says in the guest editorial “the marriage is more than worth the effort”.

The SNIS wishes you an enjoyable reading.

SNIS Annual Report: Reaching a wide audience

Cambodian farmers working on rubber tree plantations

The documentary movie “Rubber in a Rice Bowl” will be screened on 18 September 2015 at the Swiss Pavilion at the Universal Exhibition in Milan. The film will be the starting point of the event “Trade, Access to Land and Right to Food”, organised by the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH), in partnership with the City of Geneva. The programme “a film, a topic, a debate”, features a debate with Jean Ziegler (former UN rapporteur on the right to food and member of the advisory committee of the UN Human Rights Council), with the participation of Sami Kanaan (Executive Counsellor, City of Geneva), Isabelle Gattiker (Director General, FIFDH), Christophe Gironde (co-director of the movie, The Graduate Institute Geneva, and Christophe Golay, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights).


View the programme of the event

View the teaser of the documentary movie

Read more about the associated research


The SNIS is pleased to reveal the eight projects selected for funding by the Scientific Committee in the framework of the highly competitive call for projects 2015. This year, the SNIS has received a total of 74 pre-proposals, among which 18 were selected to submit a full proposal for the final round. Considered as particularly policy relevant, original and pluri- or interdisciplinary, the eight research projects that qualified for funding are the following: 


Individual-level attitudes towards immigrants over time and across contexts 

Project Lead: Didier Ruedin (University of Neuchâtel)


Monitoring marine biodiversity in the genomic era

Project Lead: Jan Pawlowski (University of Geneva)


Feminist analysis of social and solidarity economy practices: views from Latin America and India

Project Lead: Christine Verschuur (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva)


How to break the gridlock in global health governance 

Project Lead: Ilona Kickbusch (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva)


New plantations: migrant mobility, ‘illegality’ and racialization in European agricultural labour 

Project Lead: Timothy Raeymaekers (University of Zurich)


Intertemporal fairness in global climate cooperation

Project Lead: Michael Bechtel (University of St. Gallen)


Increased susceptibility to Plasmodium falciparum of insecticide resistant Anopheles in West Africa 

Project Lead: Thomas Smith (University of Basel)


Diffusion of international law: A textual analysis of international investment agreements 

Project Lead: Manfred Elsig (University of Bern)


view the 2015 projects at a glance

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

The SNIS warmly congratulates the two ex aequo winners of the SNIS Award 2015 for the best thesis in international studies:


Dr. Ayelet Berman

"Reining in the Regulators? Transnational Regulatory Networks and Accountability"

June 2014, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, under the supervision of Professor Joost Pauwelyn


Dr. Jaci Leigh Eisenberg

"American Women and International Geneva, 1919-1939"

February 2014, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, under the supervision of Professor Andre Liebich


The SNIS Award Jury, composed of six professors of different disciplines and universities, selected the two winning theses out of a total of eighteen submissions received within the 2015 edition of the award.


Berman's study analyses the accountability of Transnational Regulatory Networks (TRNs), while Eisenberg's thesis seek to examine the impact of American women on the work of League of Nations in the interwar period.


Read more here