Programme 2020

“Navigating Complexity: Understanding Interactions Between International Institutions”

Global cooperation has become increasingly complex. Institutional overlaps and interlinkages are becoming more common. In some cases, these have generated conflict and systemic effects that undermine the effectiveness of cross-border rules and the scope for accountability. Yet, in others, governance entrepreneurs have fostered connections between institutions, trying to manage tensions and build bridges between previously distinct governance arrangements. Our knowledge of these dynamics has improved over the past few years, but many questions remain:

  • How can we conceptualize different kinds of institutional interactions?
  • What drives dynamics of change within certain kinds of inter-institutional relationships?
  • What are the broader impacts of these developments for the effectiveness and accountability of both individual institutions and regimes?
  • How can linkages between governance arrangements be made more productive?

In this iteration of the Barcelona Workshop on Global Governance we seek to explore these difficult but pressing questions, bringing together a dynamic group of scholars working on them from different theoretical approaches and analytical traditions.

The Barcelona Workshop on Global Governance is a venue for the study of global governance—its dynamics, effects, and problems—from an interdisciplinary perspective, bringing together scholarship from international relations, law, sociology, anthropology, political theory, public administration and history.


January 23: Esade. Room 0014. Building 3, Avda. d’Esplugues 92-96, Barcelona. Google

January 24: Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI). Room 24.S18 (Basement). Mercè Rodoreda 24 building. Ramon Trias Fargas 25, Barcelona Google

Organized by

EsadeGeo-Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics

Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI)

Organizing Committee

Miriam Bradley, IBEI
Charles Roger, IBEI
Angel Saz-Carranza, EsadeGeo
Marie Vandendriessche, EsadeGeo


The workshop is conceived as an open forum, but the number of listeners will be limited by infrastructure constraints. If you would like to attend the workshop, please register here:

⬇️ Download the detailed program in pdf version

With the support of:

Fundación REPSOL