GLOBALCODES: Globalization, conflicts, security and development

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The aim of the GLOBALCODES research group (globalization, conflicts, security and development) at the School of Communication and International Relations at the Blanquerna Ramon Llull University is to apply an international relations, legal, economic, and political science approach to the theoretical and scientific debate on how to respond to the global challenges of conflict, development and security. Given the very wide scope of this field, the group seeks to respond to three broad questions which provide a common basis for the project and research initiatives:

  1. What are the characteristics, the nature and the outcomes of the different types of global response to the challenges linked to conflicts, development and security?
  2. Which key international actors are involved in the design, implementation and evaluation of the various international and political strategies in these areas?
  3. What degree of social participation and local appropriation is engaged in by societies and communities, especially women, in contexts where these policies and strategies are deployed?

With this context in mind, there are three main scientific challenges. The first challenge is to generate theoretical and scientific knowledge in a field of growing importance in the social sciences, public international law, international relations, and political sciences. The methodological approach of the group is to apply case studies in different places in the world to the analysis of specific questions in the different fields in order to draw conclusions and assessments, which may or may not be extrapolated to the global situation as a whole. The aim in terms of theory is to study the ways in which conflict, development and security are inter-related. The second scientific challenge is to disseminate the results and knowledge derived from the research to society. The group aims to use research results in order to engage in dialogue and to have an influence on Spanish and international public policy. The third challenge, which is central in the entire process, is to build a network of international collaborators working and researching in the same areas and to create a wide-ranging and reliable domain of voices, analysis and experience in order to consolidate and strengthen methodologies, dynamics and outcomes in the various research projects.

On a strategic level, GLOBALCODES is engaged in a variety of initiatives designed to respond to the different scientific challenges raised. Firstly, work is undertaken in projects; this helps to provide a focus for objectives and possible results within the different work areas. Secondly, an action-participative (IAP) methodology is employed which combines theoretical work with field work. Thirdly, we aim to disseminate, corroborate and debate the main findings in leading congresses and seminars. Lastly, we publish findings of the various studies not only in high impact journals but in other journals and platforms which are able to transfer knowledge of the results obtained to society as a whole.