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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: www.rug.nl/ceasg

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: www.rug.nl/yew

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

Last modified:14 September 2020 5.05 p.m.