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.
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, which are the founding institutions. Its legal statute is a “société simple”. Partner institutions involved in the activities and decision-making process are:
– Center for Comparative and International Studies, Zürich
– World Trade Institute, Bern
– Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel
– School of Management, Economics, Law, Social Sciences and International Affairs, St. Gallen
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%.
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.
Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
Chief of the Strategic Planning and Membership Department
International Telecommunications Union (ITU)
James W. Davis
Dean, School of Economics & Political Science
University of St. Gallen
Deputy Managing Director
World Trade Institute – University of Berne
Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute
University of Geneva
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.
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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.
Senior Lecturer and Managing Director for Internationalization
University of Lucerne
Anki Sjoeberg (PhD)
Head of Operations
Fight for Humanity
University of Fribourg
University of Geneva
Center for Comparative and International Studies, ETH Zurich and University of Bern
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.
Special Advisor to the Acting Director General
International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Marcelo Di Pietro Peralta
World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)
United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD)
UN Library – UNOG
Head of External Relations
World Trade Organisation (WTO)
Project Specialist, Global Risks Report
World Economic Forum
Head, Migration Research Division
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
First Secretary, Global Affairs Team
Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN
Maria Luisa Silva
UNDP Office Geneva
Director for International Relations
European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN)
UN Joint Inspection Unit
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.
Professor of International Conflict Management and Peace Research
Academy of Finland
Director of the Division for Market Development and ITC’s Chief Economist
International Trade Center
Professor of Economics
University of Aix-Marseille
Andrea Sylvia Winkler
Director of Centre for Global Health at the Faculty of Medicine
University of Oslo
Professor of Political Science
Professor of Applied Economics
Professor of International Development Studies
University of Amsterdam
Professor of Geography
University of Zurich
SNF Research Professor
University of Basel