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The Swiss Network for International Studies is pleased to present the video called "Global Climate Cooperation", produced by Prof. Michael M.Bechtel (ETHZ) and Prof. Kenneth F.Scheve (Yale University). This video summarizes the findings of the project "Individual Preferences for International Environmental Cooperation", supported by the SNIS, and which explores the type of climate treaty that people around the world would support. 

This video has also been published on the Washington Post in marge of the 2014 Climate Summit where policymakers from all around the world gathered in New York at the United Nations to continue working toward reaching a global agreement in 2015 to address climate change. 

The event "Land Use Change, Land Grabbing and Land Governance in Global South: Evidences and Outputs from SNIS Research Programs in South East Asia and Bolivia" is coorganised by the Swiss Network of International Studies, the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute. 

The event will feature the screening of the documentary fim "Rubber in a Rice Bowl"The research outputs of two SNIS funded projects on land use, land grabbing and land governance in South East Asia and Bolivia will be discussed by different participants from International Organisations (UNDP-ART; UNEP-GRID) and researchers (UNIGE, UNIL, IHEID, CDE-Bern).

The conference will take place at the University of Geneva (Uni Mail: MS130) on Wednesday, 17th september and will be given in English and in French. It is open to practitioners engaged in developments questions (NGOs/IOs) and academics (students, researchers).

More information here

The Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) is currently  launching  the 2014 edition of the International Geneva Award. The Award is a prestigious academic distinction specifically created to promote links between Swiss Academics and International Geneva.

CHF 5’000 will be given to the three best papers published on a subject related to International Studies and especially useful from the perspective of the International Geneva Committee.

Entrants must be professors or researchers at a post-doctoral level working in a Swiss university at the time of the paper’s publication.

Deadline for submission: 06 October 2014.

More information here

The 2013 annual report’s title reflects the unique position that the Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) is holding in the European funding landscape, as revealed in a mandated study. The close collaboration with research teams, as shows the production of a full documentary film described in the guest editorial is also a unique attribute that applies to the SNIS. The Network has definitely confirmed its role and continues to offer various funding opportunities that link academia in Switzerland to International Organisations. The incubator workshop grants set up in 2013 constitute a further stepping-stone to research collaborations. We hope that you will have pleasure in reading and leafing through our report that includes important financial information and interesting statistics on the SNIS call for projects 2013.


SNIS Annual Report 2013: 'Boutique Funding in International Studies'

Print copies can be ordered by email

SNIS Projects

The SNIS is pleased to reveal the eight projects that qualified for funding in the framework of the highly competitive call for projects 2014. These projects were selected by the Scientific Committee out of a total of initial 83 pre-proposals, respectively 18 full proposals, according to evaluation criteria such as academic excellence and originality, policy relevance, pluri- or interdisciplinary research, as well as partnerships with universities, International and Non-Governmental Organisations.


Rethinking Stakeholder Participation in International Governance

Project Lead: Joost Pauwelyn (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva)


Civilian Victimization and Conflict Escalation

Project Lead: Lars-Erik Cederman (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich - ETHZ)


WASH in the context of maternal health and menstrual hygiene

Project Lead: Christoph Lüthi (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich - ETHZ)


A "Social Clause" through the Back Door? Labor Provisions in Preferential Trade Agreements

Project Lead: Damian Raess (University of Geneva)


The Politics of Informal Governance

Project Lead: Oliver Westerwinter (University of St. Gallen)


Understanding rights practices in the World Heritage system: lessons from the Asia Pacific

Project Lead: Peter Bille Larsen (University of Lucerne)


Mapping controversial memories in the historic urban landscape: a multidisciplinary study of Beijing, Mexico City and Rome

Project Lead: Florence Graezer Bideau (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne - EPFL)


Taxation and International Development: North-South Conflicts over Capital Flight and International Taxation Issues after WWII (1945-1970)

Project Lead: Marc Flandreau (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva)