Oslo Academy of Global Governance to launch lecture series
The University Board has identified interdisciplinarity as UiO’s priority theme for 2015. This decision has inspired the establishment of the Oslo Academy of Global Governance which seeks to spearhead interdisciplinary research on how our governance systems cope with current challenges in such diverse arenas as health, the environment, human rights, poverty, climate and security. The first lecture in the newly established academy will be given by Professor Stephen D. Krasner on April 14, 2015 02:30 PM - 04:30 PM in Eilert Sundts hus, Blindern, Auditorium 1. Krasner will address one of the fundamental questions in the social sciences: how states become rich, secure, and democratic.
The Oslo Academy of Global Governance is based at the Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM) and aims to be recognized as a leading forum for knowledge development and dissemination concerning global governance for sustainable development in all its dimensions. There is an urgent need for research in this field. Thus, deficiencies and challenges in the way the world is governed are evident to us every day, be it in the lack of cooperation to reduce climate emissions; the failure to eradicate poverty and hunger; and in the proliferation of new and old threats to human lives, health and security. What are the dysfunctions or gaps in global governance that hamper progress? Or – framed on a more positive note: what works?
The Oslo Academy of Global Governance organizes master courses and PhD courses, and every semester a series of public lectures with invited high-profile academics and professionals in the field of global governance. The upcoming lecture by Stephen D. Krasner is the very first lecture under the auspices of the Oslo Academy.
Health, economy, and environment cannot any longer be regarded as separate domains. The interdependence becomes more and more obvious, and we need intellectual clout and integration of disciplines to grapple with it. With their breadth of expertise the universities are in a position to provide the competence that is required. But the complexity is enormous, and currently our students – the leaders of tomorrow - are not sufficiently prepared. Herein lies the importance of the Oslo academy and the upcoming lecture series.
A note on the term Global Governance:
The term Global Governance appeared in political science in the 1990s to describe how non-state actors, new institutions, networks and organizations helped to create an order in the absence of a global government. There emerged a research agenda with a normative aim - to find out how the complex governance structures could aid us in resolving urgent problems in the realms of environment, security, health, poverty, and climate change. Much has happened since the Cold War. Earlier developing countries have become strong players in international politics, states are competing geopolitically for resources and influence, and global challenges have become greater. We need to understand these changes and how to cope with them.