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EUROCOMPLEX: Regime Complexes and European Studies in Interdisciplinary Perspective

Summer 2019 Student Fellowship Program Princeton-UNIGE Partnership

Regime Complexes and European Studies in Interdisciplinary Perspective (EUROCOMPLEX) aims to foster interdisciplinary collaboration on the topic of regime complexes. Regime complex means that many policy areas are governed not by one overarching International Organization (IO) but rather by overlapping sets of rules and institutions that are loosely connected. The extension of policy competences to the European Union (EU) in the 1990 has led to the superposition of different regulatory and procedural regimes. The central question for the EUROCOMPLEX project is how the existence of regime complexes has impacted the policy options available to the EU as it tackles pressing international challenges created by economic globalization. EUROCOMPLEX provides a framework for collaborative research projects bringing together Princeton and University of Geneva faculty as well as undergraduate and graduate students from the European Union Program at Princeton (EUPP), the Global Studies Institute (GSI), and affiliated departments and programs, to study the constraints and opportunities offered to the EU by the proliferation of regime complexes. The project mixes students and senior researchers to investigate the impact of regime complexes in three specific policy areas: 1) the politics of foreign direct investment; 2) the taxation of multinational companies; and 3) the EU role in global governance. Each cluster is organized as a summer “lab” headed by one senior researcher and including students from each institution. Each lab carries out collaborative research in an interdisciplinary perspective blending notably Political Science and Law.

Summer 2019 Student Fellowships Call for Applications

Summer Grants Program

This program will provide up to 2 summer fellowships for Princeton student researchers ($2,000 in stipend, plus $1,500 travel and accommodation expenses) and up to 2 summer fellowships for UNIGE Ph.D candidate ($2, 000 in stipend, plus up to $1,000 for travel). It is open to A.B. (ideally juniors), Ph.D students on the Princeton side, and to Ph.D students on the UNIGE side.
Both Princeton and UNIGE grantees will attend a planning workshop at Princeton University on April 29-30, 2019, as well as a meeting at UNIGE in early July 2019. Research will be conducted for four weeks of the student’s choosing and completed by the end of August. Princeton students are expected to spend some of their research time at UNIGE (at least three days) – if they want to stay longer in Geneva while doing their research, they will be provided with a place to work at the GSI. The student researcher will turn over to EUROCOMPLEX all the data collected (e.g. survey conducted, scans of archival materials, interviews, etc.,) to be deposited in a common repository, as well as write an analytical report that summarizes the main findings and organizes the collected material.
We are looking for students with a good understanding of European Integration and Regime Complexes, an ability to work independently, and good planning and writing skills. The application involves an original research proposal by the student in line with the requirements of one of the clusters, but if selected, the student should expect to tweak the research as directed by the EUROCOMPLEX directors.

Your application, to be received by Monday February 25, needs to contain the following materials:

  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Current transcript (if applicable).
  • Letter of recommendation from one of your faculty advisers.
  • A short research proposal/application explaining why you are qualified to undertake this research (e.g. survey research training), which cluster you are applying for, what research you propose to conduct and how and, if applicable, this research will help make a critical contribution to your AB, BA, MA or Ph.D thesis. Concerning PhD students: your proposal must also refer to a Professor in the hosting institution (Geneva or Princeton), who you are planning to work with during your research stay.
  • Princeton students: submit application as a single PDF File (except letter of recommendation, to be emailed directly) to smeunier@princeton.edu with Subject line: EUROCOMPLEX.
  • UNIGE students: submit application as a single PDF File (except letter of recommendation, to be emailed directly) to: Nicolas.Levrat@unige.ch with Subject line: EUROCOMPLEX.

More information (PDF)

Princeton University website: Princeton-University of Geneva Partnership EUROCOMPLEX


  • Sophie  Meunier, Senior Research Scholar in Public and International Affairs and Co-Director EU Program at Princeton
  • Nicolas Levrat, Professeur à l’université de Genève, Directeur du Département de droit international et organisations internationales

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]
  • 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: http://exteriors.gencat.cat/web/.content/00_ACTUALITAT/notes_context/FULL-REPORT-Catalonias-legitimate-right-to-decide.pdf
  • 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.

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