Affiliated Centers and Programs

The Geneva Transformative Governance Lab




SwissUniversitiesGSI/UNIGE Interdisciplinary PhD School – Globalization and Global Governance in an interdisciplinary perspective - July 4, 2019

Created at the Global Studies Institute in Spring 2018 by Dr Didier Wernli and Professor Nicolas Levrat, the Geneva Transformative Governance Lab (GTGL) conducts research on the governance of complex challenges using interdisciplinary and complex systems approaches. Given the unprecedented challenges in the 21st century, one focus of the GTGL is to study the factors that underpins transformation of governance systems towards more sustainable and resilient states. Researchers at the GTGL work  at the science policy interface including with international organizations based in Geneva to provide relevant evidence and perspectives. Based on the strenuous link between research and education in research-intensive universities, the activities of the GTGL feed several training and education programs at the bachelor, master and PhD level. The GTGL is currently developing a fellowship program.

Highlighted projects of the GTGL

  • Dr Didier Wernli is a principal investigator of an international collaborative project (JPIAMR) on the “Resilience and transformability to antimicrobial resistance in one health system” (2018-2020).
  • Professor Nicolas Levrat conducts a research project on self-determination in multilevel governance system
  • Dr Didier Wernli has a research project on the Regime complex about antimicrobial resistance which involves mapping the complex governance systems of AMR using an interdisciplinary framework and systems-based approach.
  • Ms Yuliya Kaspiarovich is doing her PhD on the moving sphere of competencies between national and regional governance related to economic agreement.
  • Mr Grégoire Carasso is doing his PhD on business taxation in the European Union from 1957 onwards.
  • Ms Flore Vanackère is doing her PhD on the mutation of the institutional and normative role of the traditional EU institutions, as well as the evolution of the EU-citizen’s political representation in a context characterized by growing globalization, complexification and institutional proliferation.

Recent publications of the GTGL

  • Special Issue on “Le jeu du droit dans le fédéralisme coopératif” under the supervision of Levrat N., Poirier J., with participation of Vanackère F. and Kaspiarovich Y. [Forthcoming, in French]
  • Guillaume Beaumier and Didier Wernli. System analysis. In Key Concepts in Research Methods edited by J.-F. Morin, C. Olsson and E.O. Atikcan. Routledge. [Forthcoming in 2019]
  • Lhermie, G., Wernli, D., Jørgensen, P. S., Kenkel, D., Tauer, L. W., & Gröhn, Y. T. (2019). Global resistance to antimicrobials and their sustainable use in agriculture. The Lancet Planetary Health, 3(3), e109-e110.
  • Jørgensen, P. S., ..., Wernli D., Carroll, S.P. . Living with Resistance, p. (2018). Antibiotic and pesticide susceptibility and the Anthropocene operating space. Nature Sustainability, 1(11), 632-641.
  • Wernli, D., Jørgensen, P. S., Harbarth, S., Carroll, S. P., Laxminarayan, R., Levrat, N., Rottingen, J. A., Pittet, D. Antimicrobial resistance: The complex challenge of measurement to inform policy and the public. PLoS Med 2017; 14(8): e1002378.
  • Wernli, D., Jørgensen, P. S., Morel, C. M., Carroll, S. P., Harbarth, S., Levrat, N., Pittet, D. Mapping global policy discourse on antimicrobial resistance. BMJ Global Health 2017; 2(2): e000378.
  • Nicolas Levrat, Sandrina Antunes, Guillaume Tusseau, Paul Williams. 2017. Catalonia’s Legitimate Right to Decide Paths to Self-Determination. A Report by A Commission of International Experts. Available from:
  • Jørgensen PS, Wernli D, Folke C, Carroll SP. Changing antibiotic resistance: sustainability transformation to a pro-microbial planet. Curr Opin Sust 2017; 25: 66-76.
  • Jørgensen, P. S., Wernli, D., Carroll, S. P., Dunn, R. R., Harbarth, S., Levin, S. A., . . . Laxminarayan, R. (2016). Use antimicrobials wisely. Nature, 537(7619), 159-161.
  • Wernli D, Darbellay F. Interdisciplinarity and the 21st century University: League of European Research Universities, 2016.

The GTGL in the news

events of the GTGLab

GTGLab SEMINAR - 2 April 2019, 12:15-13:50, Uni Dufour U300

img_aff_young_page.jpgProf. Oran Young, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California (Santa Barbara), United States of America.

His research focuses on theoretical issues relating to the roles of social institutions as governance mechanisms with applications to matters of governance relating to climate change and marine systems.

Article discussed: O. Young, "Beyond Regulation: Innovative Strategies for Governing Large Complex Systems", Sustainability 2017, 9, 938.

  • Welcome and introduction, Dr. Didier Wernli, GTGLab Director
  • Discussants: Flore Vanackère, Teaching and Research Assistant GSI; Prof. Jörg Balsiger, Associate Professor UNIGE
  • Presentation/Response by Prof. Oran Young
  • Reaction from a practitioner: Antonio Hodgers, President of the State Council of the Republic and State of Geneva
  • Round Table 

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GTGLAB SEMINAR - 3 APRIL 2019, 12:15-13:50, GSI room 3g1

img_aff_sinclair_page.jpgDr. Guy Fiti Sinclair is a Senior Lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington School of Law, Associate Director of the New Zealand Centre for Public Law, and the Associate Editor of the European Journal of International Law.

Article discussed: G.F. Sinclair, "Forging Modern States with Imperfect Tools: United Nations Technical Assistance for Public Administration in Decolonized States".

  • 12:15 – 12:20: Welcome and introduction of the guest speaker, Prof. Nicolas Levrat, GTGLab Co-Director, Global Studies Institute (Moderator)
  • 12:20 – 12:30: Comments, Yusra Suedi, PhD Candidate at the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva (Discussant)
  • 12:30 – 12:40: Comments, Myriam Piguet, PhD Candidate at the History Department of the University of Geneva (Discussant)
  • 12:40 – 13:00: Response by Dr Guy Fiti Sinclair
  • 13:00 – 13:50: General debate

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ACADEMIC WORKSHOP: The EU and the Crisis of the International Liberal Order: A Systemic Crisis? -  4-5 April 2019



To analyze through case studies whether the EU on the one side, and the international liberal order on the other, are confronted with a systemic crisis, or not.

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img_confBrexit_web_small.jpgBy Prof. Tobias Lock (National University of Ireland, Maynooth)

Discussant: Angus Wallace, PhD Candidate and Assistant at the GSI

On the 23rd of June 2016, in a non-binding referendum, the UK decided by an almost 52% majority to leave the EU. The UK, arguably, has been in crisis ever since....

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