Research topic: Globalisation
Globalisation is a process with deep implications for development and the environment at many different levels. It opens new possibilities but also poses many challenges in the search for a more sustainable development.
The impact of globalisation
Globalization binds political, economic, social and environmental processes together across country borders, continents and cultures. It implies increased flows of goods, money, and people but also of ideas and cultural expressions. This has rendered obsolete previously dominating ideas about what development is and how to encourage it, but also the understanding of who are the most relevant development actors. It has also changed our conceptions of the main obstacles to sustainable development, and the most relevant development interventions.
SUMs research on globalisation
At SUM we research a variety of different aspects of this. One focus is on the changing role of the state as a development actor, and how old economic and political elites adapt to a globalized context. We also focus on the challenges for global governance of development and the environment, and the emergence of new global and regional institutions and organizations. Furthermore we do research on flows of migration and their environmental and economic implications, and on the globalization of consumption patterns and implications for environmental sustainability.