Collaborative Research Unit

United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies

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Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Transregional studies
    • Comparative study of regions
    • Studies of regions not elsewhere classified
  • Social sciences
    • International economics
    • Urban, rural and regional economics
    • Development planning and policy
    • Economic development
    • Economic systems and institutions
    • Econometric and statistical methods and methodology
    • Econometric modelling
    • Ethnicity and migration studies
    • Migration
    • Population trends and policies
    • Arts and cultural policy
    • Communications and media policy
    • Crime policy
    • Economic development policy
    • Education policy
    • Environment policy
    • Health policy
    • Public administration
    • Public policy
    • Research, science and technology policy
    • Social policy
    • Tourism policy
    • Urban and housing policy
    • Policy and administration not elsewhere classified
    • Counselling, welfare and community services
    • Social work not elsewhere classified
    • European law
    • International law
    • International trade law
    • Legal institutions
    • Immigration
    • Comparative politics
    • Defence studies
    • Democratisation
    • Development studies
    • Diplomacy
    • Environmental politics
    • European union politics
    • Globalisation
    • Institutions and regimes
    • International politics
    • Political economy
    • Regionalisation and decentralisation
    • Security, peace and conflict
    • International and comparative politics not elsewhere classified
    • Federalism
    • Local and urban politics
    • Multilevel governance not elsewhere classified
    • International public administration
    • Economic geography
    • Geography of mobility and transportation
    • Economic geography not elsewhere classified
    • Cultural geography
    • Health geography
    • Political geography
    • Social geography
    • Human geography not elsewhere classified
    • Urban and regional geography
    • Urban and regional geography not elsewhere classified
  • Engineering and technology
    • Urban and regional design
    • Urban and regional development
    • Urban and regional planning policy, instruments and legislation
    • Urbanism and regional planning
    • Urban and regional design, development and planning not elsewhere classified
The United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) is a research and training institute of the United Nations University, in collaboration with Ghent University, de Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Flemishgovernment. It focuses on the study of processes of global cooperation and regional integration and their implications. It acts as a resource for the UN system, with particular links to the UN bodies dealing with regional integration, and works in partnership with institutes and initiatives throughout the world that are concerned with issues of integration and the provision of public goods.