faculty & experts
07 December 2022

Eight Enlightening Faculty Books for 2023

Ranging from the five disciplines taught at the Geneva Graduate Institute to different themes (including gender, environment, economics, education, AI and more), this faculty reading list will inform and inspire you for the new year ahead. 


Partnerships for Sustainability in Contemporary Global Governance Pathways to Effectiveness

Edited by Liliana B. Andonova, Moira V. Faul and Dario Piselli

This book investigates the goals, ideals and realities of sustainability partnerships and offers a theoretical framework to help disentangle the multiple and interrelated pathways that shape their effectiveness. Partnerships are ubiquitous in research and policy discussions about sustainability and are important governance instruments for the provision of public goods. While partnerships promise a great deal, there is little clarity as to what they deliver. If partnerships are to break free from this paradox, more nuance and rigour are required for understanding and assessing their actual effects. This volume applies its original framework to diverse empirical cases in a way that could be extended to broader data sets and case studies of partnerships. The dual contribution of this volume, theoretical and empirical, holds promise for a more thorough and innovative understanding of the pathways to partnership effectiveness and the conditions that can shape their performance. The broad range of crosscutting analyses suggest important practical implications for the design of new partnerships and the update of existing initiatives.



Governing Migration for Development from the Global Souths

Edited by Dêlidji Eric Degila and Valeria Marina Valle

In the last two decades, the prevailing opinion in developed countries is that migration flows have reached the “borderline” in the context of a populist rise discourse. However, migration can also be a key driver for development. This edited volume analyses the nexus between migration and sustainable development and how it is a key avenue of global governance. It provides perspectives through case studies from the Global South(s) focusing on the challenges and opportunities of governing migration on multiple levels: the subnational, national, regional and international. It explores existing and new policies and frameworks in terms of their successes and best practices and looks at them through the lens of additional challenges, such as those brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the rise of nationalisms and an increase in xenophobia. It also takes the “5 Ps” approach to sustainable development (people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnerships) and assesses how migration policies serve sustainable development in a rapidly evolving context.


Artificial Intelligence and Democracy: Risks and Promises of AI-Mediated Citizen–Government Relations

Jérôme Duberry 

This insightful book explores the citizen-government relation, as mediated through artificial intelligence (AI). Through a critical lens, Jérôme Duberry examines the role of AI in this relation and its implications for the quality of liberal democracy and the strength of civic capacity. In his analysis of AI, Duberry covers three key objectives: illustrating where and how AI is used in the context of citizen-government relations; highlighting the specific risks of using AI for citizen-government relations; and calling for a dedicated framework for assessing AI in these contexts. The author assesses the promises and pitfalls of AI at various levels of the citizen-government relations, including citizen participation, civic technology and political communication. Employing empirical findings from in-depth case studies and interviews with 40 experts in the field, he stresses the burgeoning need for an innovative, human-centric management of AI in the citizen-government relation based on risk assessment that prioritises equality, freedom, human rights and popular sovereignty.


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Evidence and Expertise in Nordic Education Policy: A Comparative Network Analysis

Edited by Gita Steiner-Khamsi, Berit Karseth and Kirsten Sivesind

This open access book explores how policymakers draw on national, regional and international expertise in issuing school reform within five Nordic countries. In an era of international comparison, policymakers are expected to review best practices, learn from experiences from elsewhere and apply international standards propelled by international organisations. Do they do so? What counts, for them, as evidence and expertise? The chapters draw methodologically on bibliometric data, network analysis, document analysis and expert interviews. They show compellingly how governments use “evidence” strategically and selectively for agenda setting and policy decisions. This book will be of interest and value to scholars of policy, specifically within the Nordic region, and international and comparative education. Chanwoong Baek, Assistant Professor of Comparative and International Education in the Department of International Relations/Political Science and Academic Director of NORRAG, authored and co-authored some chapters in the book.  



The Palgrave Handbook of International Energy Economics

Edited by Manfred Hafner and Giacomo Luciani

This handbook aims to provide the reader with a background to understand the economic/technological parameters that constrain and shape the future of energy. It is divided into four sections. The first (“Economics of Energy Production and Distribution”) covers the different sources of energy and the economic characteristics of the technologies needed to meet energy demand. The second (“Economics of Energy Trading and Price Discovery”) explains the functioning of energy. The third (“Global Energy Trends”) focuses on global themes such as the macroeconomics of the energy transition, subsidies, access to energy, or the impact of digitalisation. The last section (“Energy and the Economy”) comprises regional chapters devoted to China, Russia, the MENA, Sub-Saharan Africa, North America and Europe.





Edited by Max Hirsh and Till Mostowlansky

This book offers a new understanding of how technological innovation, geopolitical ambitions and social change converge and cross-fertilise one another through infrastructure projects in Asia. The volume powerfully illustrates the multifaceted connections between infrastructure and three global paradigm shifts: climate change, digitalisation and China’s emergence as a superpower. Drawing on fine-grained analyses of airports, highways, pipelines and digital communication systems, the book investigates infrastructure both “from above”, as perceived by experts and decision makers, and “from below”, as experienced by middlemen, labourers and everyday users. In so doing, it provides groundbreaking insights into infrastructure’s planning, production and operation.


Agricultural Commercialization, Gender Equality and the Right to Food: Insights from Ghana and Cambodia

Edited by Joanna Bourke Martignoni, Christophe Gironde, Christophe Golay, Elisabeth Prügl and Dzodzi Tsikata

Strategies for agricultural commercialisation have often reinforced and exacerbated inequalities, been blind to gender differences and given rise to violations of the human rights to food, land, work and social security. While there is a body of evidence to trace these developments globally, impacts vary considerably in local contexts. This book considers these dynamics in two countries, Cambodia and Ghana. Profoundly different in terms of their history and location, they provide the basis for fruitful comparisons because they both transitioned to democracy in the early 1990s, made agricultural development a priority, and adopted orthodox policies of commercialisation to develop the sector. The chapters bring into relief multiple dimensions shaping the outcomes of processes of commercialisation, including gender orders, food cultures, policy translation, national and subnational policies, corporate investments and programmes, and formal and informal legal norms. In doing so, the volume also provides proposals to advance rights-based research on food security.


The International Law of Energy

Jorge Viñuales

The world’s energy structure underpins the global environmental crisis and changing it will require regulatory change at a massive level. Energy is highly regulated in international law, but the field has never been comprehensively mapped. The legal sources on which the governance of energy is based are plentiful but they are scattered across a vast legal expanse. This book is the first single-authored study of the international law of energy as a whole. Written by a world-leading expert, it provides a comprehensive account of the international law of energy and analyses the implications of the ongoing energy transformation for international law. The study combines conceptual and doctrinal analysis of all the main rules, processes and institutions to consider the past, present and likely future of global energy governance. Providing a solid foundation for teaching, research and practice, this book addresses both the theory and real-world policy dimension of the international law of energy.