The EDGE project – funded through the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme for Research and Innovation (Grant Agreement 692413) – seeks to increase and reinforce the cooperation between the University of Economics in Bratislava, Sciences Po and the University of Liège in the field of Environmental Diplomacy and Geopolitics.

This field of international relations is gaining increasing importance, as environmental issues have become an increasingly important matter in international politics. The three partner universities have all developed a specific field of expertise in relation to the topic of the project:

  • The University of Economics in Bratislava (EUBA) has developed a wide expertise in the politics of environmental resources, including its security dimension;
  • Sciences Po (Sc Po) has recently launched a new research programme entitled Politics of the Earth, which looks at the new geopolitical challenges brought upon by the Anthropocene;
  • The University of Liège (ULG) specialises in the human impacts of environmental changes, with a specific expertise on migration and security issues. In November 2016, it is launching the Hugo Observatory, the first scientific research structure dedicated to the interactions between environment, migration and politics.

Thus the areas of expertise of the three partners covers a wide range of subjects related to environmental diplomacy and geopolitics: resources, politics and impacts. The key objective of this partnershipis to bring these areas of expertise together to create a comprehensive and consistent cluster of research and teaching activities.

These activities include:

  • A series of three Annual Conferences: The Hugo Conference is the first of the series;
  • A workshop on the Global Narratives to address Climate Change;
  • A clearinghouse of environmental migration datasets;
  • An exchange scheme for faculty, staff and students
  • An annual summer school. The first summer school, on Politics of the Earth, was organized by Sciences Po in Paris in September 2016.
  • A European certificate in Environmental Migration;
  • A rotating chair in Environmental Diplomacy: in May 2016, Sciences Po and EUBA welcomed Clive Hamilton  from Charles Sturt university.
  • Joint panels and publications, such as The State of Environmental Migration 2016.

Partner universities:

More information can be found on the EDGE website.

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