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About the Hot Spot

GLOCAL brings together a group of scholars analysing central contemporary phenomena with a critical lens that emphasises global-local interactions. The main themes of GLOCAL researchers are:

  • borders
  • inequality and inclusion
  • conflict and peace
  • economic and human development

Our scholars work on social, political and economic phenomena: from economic development and inequality, migrant inclusion, state building in post-war contexts to the politics of development and foreign aid. Our expertise positions us to conduct research on some of the most pressing topics of the day, including the local and global dimensions of the current arrival of refugees in Europe.


All themes of GLOCAL researches share the focus on ‘local’ problems related to socio-economic inequalities, (geo)political conflicts over resources, territories and identities, political violence and war, global migration, spatial separations and divisions, and (lack of) growth, inclusion and development. These local issues cannot be seen apart from wider transnational dynamics, while global developments always have some form of local manifestation. This raises important cross‐disciplinary challenges for studying divides and connections arising in the society, and for developing policies aimed at addressing them.

GLOCAL builds on years of existing expertise of three internationally reputed research groups: Nijmegen Centre for Border Research (NCBR), Centre for International Conflict Analysis and Management (CICAM), and Global Data lab (GDL). GLOCAL also builds on the master programmes in which members of the different groups cooperate, the Conflicts, Territories and Identities programme, International Economics and Development programme, Globalization, Migration and Development programme, and the Conflict, Power and Politics programme.

What does GLOCAL offer?

GLOCAL is an international centre of expertise focused on critical and innovative thinking about peace, development, borders, and inclusion -related issues, with an emphasis on local-global interactions. GLOCAL researchers analyse and map the transnational dimensions of 'local'problems related to:

  • political or geopolitical conflicts over borders, resources, and identities;
  • migration and migrant inclusion;
  • global inequalities;
  • economic and human development.

GLOCAL uses the new perspectives and research outcomes to:

  • evaluate current border policies and conflict management mechanisms;
  • address inequalities, inclusion and growth problems;
  • inform policy making.

GLOCAL researchers apply methods of qualitative and quantitative research, including a mix of both methods to cross-validate their analyses, and are experts in database building and indicator construction.

The GLOCAL hotspot provides a common space for both established and aspiring researchers to exchange with one another on cross-disciplinary, cross-thematic and cross-geographical topics. To stimulate this exchange we organize:

  • GlocalChats -  seminars in which our members share research insights from own projects, bringing them into a wider debate, also when this concerns more early stage material.
  • Occasional events of a half day format, such as workshops, debating sessions, particularly focusing on themes salient in society, such as the consequences at a global level of the election of Trump for president in the United States, or the role and disposition of refugees in the politicized Europe of today.
  • Micro-grants - we provide our members with two opportunities per year to apply for a small grant, as a form of seed money, to support their research in topics oriented towards one of the key Glocal themes.