The Environmental Diplomacy and Geopolitics (EDGE) project – funded through the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme for Research and Innovation (Grant Agreement 692413) – seeks to increase and reinforce the cooperation between the University of Economics in Bratislava, Sciences Po and the University of Liège in the field of Environmental Diplomacy and Geopolitics.
This field of international relations is gaining increasing importance, as environmental issues have become an increasingly important matter in international politics. The three partner universities have all developed a specific field of expertise in relation to the topic of the project:
- The University of Economics in Bratislava (EUBA) – the Faculty of International Relations more specifically – has developed a wide expertise in the politics of environmental resources, including its security dimension;
- Sciences Po Paris (Sc Po) has recently launched a new research programme entitled Politics of the Earth, which looks at the new geopolitical challenges brought upon by the Anthropocene;
- The University of Liège (ULg) specialises in the human impacts of environmental changes, with a specific expertise on migration and security issues. In November 2016, it has launched the The Hugo Observatory, the first scientific research structure dedicated to the interactions between environment, migration and politics.
Thus the areas of expertise of the three partners covers a wide range of subjects related to environmental diplomacy and geopolitics: resources, politics and impacts. The key objective of this partnership is to bring these areas of expertise together to create a comprehensive and consistent cluster of research and teaching activities.
These activities include:
- A series of three Annual Conferences: The Hugo Conference is the first of the series
- An exchange scheme for staff and students
- An annual summer school. The first summer school, on Politics of the Earth, was organized by Sciences Po in Paris in September 2016
- A European certificate in Environmental Diplomacy and Geopolitics
- A rotating chair in Environmental Diplomacy: in May 2016, Sciences Po and EUBA welcomed Clive Hamilton from Charles Sturt university
- Joint panels and publications, such as The State of Environmental Migration series.
All activities under the EDGE project will take place between March 2016 and March 2019.