Global Governance Institute



The Global Governance Institute undertakes cross-disciplinary study of crucial governance ‘deficits’ in order to explore the nature of the problem, the processes, structures and institutions involved, and potential solutions.

The Institute brings to bear the distinctive strengths of UCL on such an enterprise: namely, our ability to integrate disciplines that draw from both a material base (from disciplines such as engineering, clinical medicine, and the physical and natural sciences) and a social sciences and humanities perspective. The GGI builds on UCL's track record as a recognised global leader in cross-disciplinary scholarship and research. To this end, the Institute facilitates collaboration with colleagues from across UCL, as well as engages with policy-makers, practitioners, civil society and other actors to promote informed public debate on possible solutions to global societal challenges.

Our Objectives

  • Be a recognised UK leader in global governance research and policy engagement
  • Promote knowledge exchange and educational collaboration across disciplines on global governance
  • Facilitate and deliver innovative multidisciplinary and policy-oriented research
  • Establish a robust network of research and strategic partnerships within UCL as well as with external partners
  • Identify practical approaches to major global governance challenges
  • Engage diverse viewpoints and stakeholders from across sectors to promote innovation and novel insight.
GGI Building


Our staff and thematic directors collaborate with colleagues across UCL to advance research on key global governance issues, organise events and engage with the policy community.

Students on UCL Campus


The Global Governance & Ethics Society promotes student engagement with pressing issues in global governance and organises a wide range of activities with support from the Institute.

UCL Student Centre

Our Network at UCL

The Institute strives to reflect UCL’s guiding ethos of cross-disciplinary collaboration by facilitating multi-faculty dialogue and building connections among diverse colleagues.

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External Partnerships

The Institute has also forged strong links with external partners in the worlds of government, commerce and the third sector across the UK, Europe and beyond.