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Groups & Projects

Below a selection of projects in which GSG currently is directly involved.
Former GSG projects can be found here.

Centre for East Asia Studies (CEASG)

The Centre for East Asian Studies Groningen (CEASG) is an inter-faculty institute launched by the Faculty of Arts and facilitated by Globalisation Studies Groningen.
CEASG initiates and supports interdisciplinary teaching and research on contemporary China, Japan, Korea and Mongolia, and aims to strengthen and expand the University’s academic partnerships in East Asia. CEASG and GSG continue to cooperate by jointly organizing projects, summer schools, research and other activities.

Through its academic staff, the Centre partners with the European Studies Centre at Tsinghua University (Beijing), the PNU-Groningen Research Centre at Pusan National University (Busan), the Dutch Studies Centre at Osaka University (Osaka) and the Dutch Studies Centre at Fudan University (Shanghai).

The Centre coordinates the master’s specialization East Asian Studies on the political economy and international relations of contemporary East Asia (MA IRIO, 60 ECTS). The Centre further initiates and facilitates grant applications regarding Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Mongolian and East Asian studies. In addition, CEASG facilitates lectures, seminars and conferences on contemporary East Asia at the University of Groningen.

More information can be found on their website: www.rug.nl/ceasg

Lifelong Learning in regional and (inter)national perspective

Contemporary society asks from its citizens to learn across the lifespan. This is the case in developing countries where people may have missed out on education and have to learn to read and write at an advanced age. And it is also the case in more well off countries such as the Netherlands, where people have to keep up with changing demands in the labour market and in society as a whole. This reality is reflected in Sustainable Development Goal 4, which reads: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

The implementation of this goal is a challenge that requires creativity in terms of organisation and supervision. Activities of the lifelong learning group include research on appropriate ways to attract people to engage in lifelong learning and meet their learning needs.

The group consists of researchers and lecturers based in Globalisation Studies Groningen (inter-faculty institute) and in Pedagogics (Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences). Through the network Youth, Education and Work we have international contacts in Uganda, Mozambique, Tanzania, Sudan, Colombia, Israel, UK, and USA, which allows us to conduct joint research, co-author articles and organise international conferences and summer schools.

More information can be found on their website: www.rug.nl/lifelonglearning.

The Illicit Trade Group (ITG)

The Illicit Trade Group (ITG) is an interdisciplinary research environment formed by a group of students, researchers, professors and experts working under Globalisation Studies Groningen (GSG) at the University of Groningen.

The goal of ITG is to create a university-wide debate on topics related to illicit trade, by creating the conditions for academic cross-fertilization in a research area that is fundamentally interdisciplinary. ITG’s intention is to foster a discussion on the causes, consequences and solutions to the challenges posed by illicit trade. They aim to contribute to government capacity-building to counter illicit trade practices and to increase societal resilience to it.

ITG’s main activities are:

  • Research seminars/colloquia;
  • Ad hoc training on illicit trade techniques, patterns, and dynamics;
  • Summer school on illicit trade;
  • Host external PhD students and visiting scholars;
  • Knowledge dissemination on illicit trade;
  • Encouraging collaboration within the University of Groningen and at the international level on joint projects and proposals.


ITG is constantly looking to broaden its network of experts and researchers from the University of Groningen. They offer internship opportunities in the field of illicit trade and they can provide PhD supervision if you are interested in completing your doctoral studies in Groningen.

More information can be found on their website: https://illicittrade.org

Executive pay during the COVID-19 pandemic

This one year NWO project focuses on the evaluation of social solidarity and responsibility at the very top of Dutch society through an in-depth examination of developments in remuneration of high-level managers at multinational corporations listed in the Netherlands before and after the outbreak of the Covid-19 crisis.

Incomes at the top of societies have generally grown much more rapidly than median wages in recent decades. This has fomented an upwards redistribution of the gains of economic growth that has reinforced views of economically divided societies and skewed political-economic institutions benefiting the “top 1 percent” at the expense of the rest of the workforce. The Covid-19 crisis and emerging patterns of a “K-shaped” recovery (in which the material privileges of elites are further strengthened while the poorest segments of society are harmed most) have further reinforced concerns about growing economic divisions, including in traditionally egalitarian political-economic systems such as the Netherlands.

More information can be found here.

Last modified:18 January 2022 3.53 p.m.