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Groups & Projects

Below a selection of projects in which GSG is directly involved.

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:

Youth, Education and Work (YEW) Network
YEW is a global network of scholars and practitioners who use research to contribute to solutions that help youth develop productive learn-work biographies and find meaningful (self-) employment. Global challenges of youth unemployment, social exclusion and lifelong learning are being addressed through participatory research approaches that connect stakeholders and are embedded in local and practical knowledge while maintaining high academic standards. Through joint publications, student exchanges, conferences and seminars the Youth, Education and Work network involves research institutions, companies, government, civil society and youth from several countries in South America, North America, Africa, Middle East and Europe. The network emerged from the former research project, Early School Leaving in Africa (ESLA), which started in 2007. It involves nine PhD studies of candidates from Uganda, India and The Netherlands, mostly benefiting from an NFP fellowship. YEW has developed strong linkages with important organisations in the field, such as Child and Youth Finance, Edukans, Gulu University, Makerere University, Uganda Martyrs University, and San Gil University in Colombia.

In relation to the YEW network, Professor Jacques Zeelen of GSG has been appointed to the UNESCO Chair in Lifelong Learning, Youth, and Work at Gulu University in Uganda. YEW is coordinated by GSG.

More information can be found on their website:

PRUV: Preparedness and Resilience to address Urban Vulnerability
(Horizon 2020 programme)
Preparedness and Resilience to address Urban Vulnerability (PRUV) is a Horizon 2020 Marie SkÅ‚odowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange Evaluations (RISE) project running from January 2016 to December 2019. PRUV is a collaboration of GSG with its academic partners University College Dublin, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universidad de Deusto, Universitas Gadjah Mada as well as private partners Concern Worldwide, the Jesuit Refugee Service, Yayasan Cipta Cara Padu (YCCP), Future Analytics and Plan Limited. The three cities this research is focused on are Nairobi, Bogotá and Jakarta. GSG is directly involved in PRUV through Joost Herman and Clara Egger.

The overall objective of the PRUV project is to develop evidence-based solutions
that will inform preparedness and resilience interventions in order to make a lasting, sustainable contribution to addressing urban vulnerability through progressive conceptualization and technological innovation. The intended outcome of the project is an index to measure vulnerability within urban informal settlements, drawing on baseline household survey results from the three PRUV cities. Specific areas that are addressed include:

• the relationship between resilience and socio-economic issues across a range
of societal institutions.
• the theoretical and practical gaps in the protection of crisis-affected
communities and vulnerable groups in urban settings in order to acquire new
evidence-based knowledge to foster resilience.
• the contribution of existing legal frameworks at different levels of
governance to urban resilience and how they can be improved.
• positioning urban resilience within the human security paradigm.
• modelling the effectiveness of public health preparedness interventions in
urban settings for improving household, community, and local government
resilience to humanitarian crises.

In October 2018, the workshop International Law for the Sustainable Development
Goals Sustainable, Safe and Resilient Urban Settlements: The Right to the City &
Urban Inclusivity and Vulnerability in Urban Contexts”, took place, hosted by
the Department of Transboundary Legal Studies, University of Groningen, with
contributions from Joost Herman and many others.

More information can be found on their website:

PRUV is project that is part of the STINGS working group. More information can be found below.

STINGS (Science, Technology and Innovation Network Groningen for Sustainability)
STINGS: this is the name of the interdisciplinary working group Science, Technology and Innovation Network Groningen for Sustainability. Members of this group are engaged in various projects in the field of sustainability , such as the use and regulation of biotechnology in Africa, to tackle urban vulnerabilities, to spark innovation in the field of potato breeding and to advance technological and societal innovation in support of local energy initiatives.

The STINGS working group already conducts and facilitates research and training for students and professionals in Kenya, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Zimbabwe, and South Africa through its ERAFRICA and EDULINK-FSBA projects.

STINGS is a collaboration between SSG from the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Globalisation Studies Groningen (GSG), part of the Faculty of Arts, and the Ubbo Emmius Fund (EUF). It is expected that in the near future the working group will be extended with groups from other faculties. STINGS is a focus point of the central UG theme Sustainable Society. The working group is financially supported by some Alumnus circles of our university and various external funding agencies.

More information can be found on their website:

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