About Us

Mission

The SNIS promotes academic research in the interdisciplinary area of international studies with an interest in phenomena that transcend traditional nation-state boundaries.

It supports different perspectives by valuing contributions from a diverse group of academic researchers including political scientists, economists, legal scholars, social and cultural anthropologists, historians, sociologists, geographers, environmental and public health scientists, as well as other academics.

 

Thematic areas of interest include environment, development, health, human rights, and education, among others, as well as topics such as international and civil wars, sustainable development, public health, migration and refugees, gender issues, globalisation, trade and financial markets, human and cultural rights, and European politics.

History

The Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) was founded in 2008 as the successor institution of the former Geneva International Academic Network (GIAN).

While the former GIAN was mostly active in Geneva due to the mandatory research collaboration with international organisations, the SNIS was set up by joint decision by the Canton of Geneva and the Swiss Confederation (State Secretariat of Research and Education) with the mandate to extend its activities and funding activities to academic institutions and researchers all over Switzerland.

 

 


The SNIS has been set up according to a contract concluded between the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. Its legal statute is a “société simple”

The SNIS has succeeded in its mission to promote international studies in Switzerland. The past calls for proposals showed a fairly balanced breakdown of pre-proposals received from a wide range of academic institutions in Switzerland. In 2016, 40% project proposals emanated from German speaking cantons, followed by Geneva with 29%, 27.5% of other French speaking cantons and finally Ticino with a rate of 3.5%.

Our Structure

Governing Comitee

The Governing Committee heads the Swiss Network for International Studies and the bodies created within. It validates the selection of projects qualified for funding made by the Scientific Committee and approves the evaluations made by the juries of the SNIS awards.

The Governing Committee defines the long term strategy of the SNIS.
It includes representatives of SNIS founding institutions as well as of SNIS founding partners.

Members:

Thomas Bernauer
Professor of Political Science (International Relations)
ETH Zurich

Doreen Bogdan-Martin
Chief of the Strategic Planning and Membership Department
International Telecommunications Union (ITU)

Jacques de Werra
Professor of contract law and intellectual property law
University of Geneva

Jürg Utzinger
Director
Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

Thomas Bieger
Rector
University of St. Gallen

Philippe Burrin
Director
Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Manfred Elsig
Deputy Managing Director
World Trade Institute – University of Berne

Secretariat

The Secretariat is the executive body of the Swiss Network for International Studies. It implements the decisions taken by the Governing Committee.

The Secretariat organises the annual call for projects and supports the Scientific Committee. It involves the Academic Council of International Geneva in its activities with the objective to create a network between IOs and researchers in Switzerland.

Members:

Bernhard Fuhrer
Director

Christa Allot
Events and Communication Manager

Damien Marti
Program Manager

Rami Chidda
Civilist

Zoë Poznicek
Intern

SNIS Award Committee

The Jury for the “SNIS Award for the best thesis in international studies” is composed of 6 scholars from the domain of international studies and practice.

They come from various disciplinary backgrounds and from a variety of different Swiss and international institutions. The jury is independent in its decisions and convenes annually to determine the winner of the Award by consensus.

Members:

Mira Burri
Senior Lecturer and Managing Director for Internationalization
University of Lucerne

Marylène Lieber
Associate Professor
University of Geneva

Siegfried Weichlein
Professor
University of Fribourg

Dunja Krause
Associate Expert
United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD)

Gregoire Mallard
Associate Professor
Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

International Geneva Committee

The  International Geneva Committee is composed of high-level representatives of international organisations (IOs) in order to establish a link between Swiss scientists and IO’s headquartered in Geneva.

The main function of the International Geneva Committee is to define the yearly thematic issue for the SNIS call for projects. It furthermore acts as a Jury of the International Geneva Award. Finally, it contributes to a series of round-table debates taking place at various universities in Switzerland.

Members:

Salman Bal
Senior Political Coordination Adviser, Office of the Director-General
United Nations Office at Geneva

Marcelo Di Pietro Peralta
Director
World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)

Paul Ladd
Director
United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD

Francesco Pisano
Director
UN Library – UNOG

Jarmo Sareva
Director
United Nations Institute for Disarmement Research (UNIDIR)

Maurizio Bona
Senior Advisor, Relations with Parliaments and Science for Policy
European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)

Bernard Kuiten
Head of External Relations
World Trade Organisation (WTO)

Richard Lukacs
Advisor
Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations Office at Geneva

Jyoti Sanghera
Chief, Human Rights and Economic and Social Issues Section
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Maria Luisa Silva
Director
UNDP Office Geneva

Charlotte Warakaulle
Director for International Relations
European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scientific Committee

The Scientific Committee selects research projects submitted in the annual call for projects. It evaluates the funded projects in their intermediary phase and their final version.

The Scientific Committee, that acts as an independent body, unites established scholars, all of them recog- nised experts in their respective field of competence.

Members:

Jane Cowan
Professor of Social Anthropology
University of Sussex

Bernice Elger
Head of Institute of Biomedical Ethics
University of Basel

Christophe Muller
Professor of Economics
University of Aix-Marseille

Krista Nadakavukaren Schefer
Professor of International Law
University of Basel

Jonas Tallberg
Professor of Political Science
Stockholm University

Axel Dreher
Professor for International Economic and Development Policy
University of Heidelberg

Marie McAuliffe
Head of Migration Policy Research Division
International Organisation for Migration (IOM)

Ulrike Müller-Böker
Professor of Geography
University of Zurich

Corinne Pernet
SNF Research Professor
University of Basel