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United Nations Office in Geneva

The International Geneva Committee, composed of representatives of International Organisations in Geneva, selected the following three articles as the winners of the 2014 Award:


Boomerangs to Partnerships? Explaining State Participation in Transnational Partnerships for Sustainability

Published in: Comparative Political Studies, March 2014, vol. 47, no 3, pages 481-515
Author: Liliana B. Andonova, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva


International and Supranational Law in Translation: From Multilingual Lawmaking to Adjudication

Published in: The Translator, Vol. 20, Iss. 3, 2014, pages 313-331
Author: Fernando Prieto Ramos, Centre for Legal and Institutional Translation Studies, University of Geneva


Strategic Mass Killings

Publication forthcoming in the Journal of Political Economy.

Joan Esteban, Institut dí Analisis Economica, CSIC and Barcelona GSE

Massimo Morelli, Columbia University and NBER

Dominic Rohner, University of Lausanne


The jury highlighted the originality, interdisciplinary approach and direct policy relevance to International Organisations of the winning papers.


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View of Dhaka, UN Photo_Kibae

The SNIS is organising a round-table debate on the topic of land management and territorial development in the Global South with a particular focus on urban contexts. Speakers of international governmental, non-governmental and private sector organizations will discuss current policies and approaches to mitigate negative effects of rapid urbanization. With the participation of the World Alliance of Cities against Poverty, UrbaMonde and IBM Switzerland (Smarter Cities Challenge).


Monday, 16 March 2015 (14:00 – 15:30)
Location: University of Geneva, Uni Mail, Room MS.040.


Participation is free – registration by e-mail to: communication@snis.ch

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Trang an Scenic Landscape Complex Viet Nam UNESCO World Heritage

UNESCO, in cooperation with the Vietnamese authorities, recently hosted a workshop on World Heritage and sustainable development at the Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex in Viet Nam. The workshop responded to the request by the World Heritage Committee to develop a policy on the integration of sustainable development into the processes of the World Heritage Convention. Peter Larsen (University of Lucerne), coordinator of the SNIS funded project on rights practices in the world heritage system, participated as one of the experts in relation to rights-based approaches, indigenous and local communities issues. Preliminary research outputs of this promising SNIS project are likely to give an input in the sustainable development policy processes of the World Heritage Convention.


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SNIS Award - 2015 edition

The 2015 edition of the SNIS Award is now open for submission. The Award, valued at CHF 5'000, will be given to the best thesis in international studies defended in a Swiss University during the calendar year of 2014. Submitted PhD theses can deal with a wide range of academic disciplines, such as political science, economics, sociology, social and cultural anthropology, law, history, geography and environmental sciences.

The submission deadline is 9 april 2015.

view the formal application rules
get information on how to submit your entry


Solar Energy - sustainable source of power_photo credit: UN Photo ID 83954. 01/01/1978.

The deadline for submission of pre-proposals has been extended until 29 January 2015 (13:00 - GMT + 1 h).

Project grants are offered for pluri-disciplinary research, ranging from CHF 100’000 to 300’000, over a two-year period. To be eligible for funding, project proposals must qualify as international and pluri-disciplinary studies. Thematically, submissions can also be made on the special theme 2015:

Marrying development and....

affordable and sustainable energy - protection and sustainable use of terrestial and maritime ecosystems - safe and inclusive cities - sustainable production and consumption regimes - cybersecurity.

The SNIS team is at the disposal of interested researchers to reply to specific questions.

View further details on eligibility criteria and the submission procedure

View the projects that have been accepted for funding in 2014