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MISSION

The mission of the Consortium for Comparative Research on Regional Integration and Social Cohesion (RISC) is to promote the comparative examination of the human and environmental impacts of various aspects of regional integration across geographic areas and time periods through the creation of a cross-regional and interdisciplinary network. Moreover, the research conducted through this consortium could eventually support social action projects in local communities through improved understanding of evolving political and economic context.

OBJECTIVES

Create new programs of comparative research through the establishment of interregional networks. Promote intellectual exchange between researchers in different continents through multilingual activities Establish new publication opportunities. Support exchanges of professors and researchers. Facilitate the mobility of Ph.D. candidates. Provide a support structure for applications for external research funding

HISTORY

The RISC Consortium was established in November 2007 when the directors of socially conscious research institutes from Europe, North America and South America met in Luxembourg to participate in a conference on “Social Cohesion in Europe and the Americas.” Since that time, the consortium has expanded its membership into Africa and consolidated its scientific activities through annual international conferences, a book series, a new scientific journal, thematic workshops/symposium and grants for young scholars. The RISC Consortium plans to support policy-relevant research and training in the near future.

GOVERNANCE

Co-Presidents

Dr Harlan Koff 

Unité de Recherche IPSE, Université du Luxembourg.

 

Prof. Suzanne Graham 

Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. 

 

Executive Director

Prof. Vicky Graham

Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. 

 

Consortium Secretary

Ms. Rae Israel

Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. 

risrael@uj.ac.za; +27 11 559 2896

 

Scientific Committee

Dr. Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly (University of Victoria, Canada)

Dr. Suzanne Graham (Department of Politics and IR, University of Johannesburg, South Africa)

Dr. Edith Kauffer (CIESAS Sureste, Mexico)

Dr. Carmen Maganda (INECOL, Mexico)

Dr. Harlan Koff (Unité de Recherche, IPSE, Université du Luxembourg)

Dr. Anja Nygren (Department of Political and Economic Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland)

Dr. Juan Carlos Velez Rendon (IEP, Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia)

INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERS

ART-DEV Laboratoire Acteurs, Ressources, Territoires dans le Développement

Université Montpellier 3, France

 

Center of Sudies on Regional Integration and Southern African Development Community Law (CEDIR)

 

Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique

 

Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) Región Centro

México

 

Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS)

México

 

Centre for Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn)

University of Pretoria, South Africa

 

Department of Anthropology

University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

 

Department of Politics

University of Johannesburg, South Africa

 

Department of Political and Economic Studies

University of Helsinki, Finland

 

Escuela de Ciencias y Humanidades

Universidad EAFIT, Colombia

 

Faculty of Social and Health Sciences

Monash University South Africa, South Africa

 

Institute for Social Development Studies (ISDS)

Vietnam

 

Instituto de Ecología (INECOL)

México

 

Instituto de Estudios Políticos (IEP)

Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia

 

Instituto de Estudios Regionales (INER)

Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia

 

Luxembourg Institute of Socio-economic Research (LISER)

Luxembourg

 

Local Government Institute

University of Victoria, Canada

 

Mershon Center for International Security Studies

Ohio State University, USA

 

Núcleo de Estudos da Cidadania, Conflito e Violência Urbana (NECVU)

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

School of Human Evolution & Social Change

Arizona State University, USA

 

Unité de Recherche IPSE

Université du Luxembourg, Luxembourg

 

West Africa Institute

Cabo Verde

 

 FIRST RISC FELLOWS

RISC-RISE is pleased to announce its first two Fellows:

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Prof Deon Geldenhuys -Distinguished RISC Fellow                                         Sandra Habel - RISC Fellow


WORKING GROUPS

  • QUALITY OF DEMOCRACY

This Working Group Explores The Possibilities For Democracy To Loosen The Stranglehold Of Poverty, Insecurity And Weak Rule Of Law That Continue To Buffet Citizens Of Democratic Nations Throughout The World. It Seeks To Support Interdisciplinary Research That Endeavors To Understand The Factors Shaping Citizens' Ability To Meaningfully Engage With Or Change Institutions, And How The Quality Of Democratic Institutions Changes Over Time.

Coordinator: Prof. Vicky Graham (Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Johannesburg, South Africa.)

 

  • DEVELOPMENT, EQUITY AND POLICY COHERENCE

The Aim Of The Proposed Working Group Would Be To Examine Policy Coherence Between Development Strategies, The Emergence Of Regional Markets And The Promotion Of Human Security-Related Objectives. The Has Adopted A "Comparative Regional Perspective" In Which Development Strategies Are Compared Across All Regions Without Distinction In Recognition Of Both The Similar Development Challenges That Different World Regions Face And The Interconnectedness Of Development Processes Between World Regions.

Coordinators: Dr Harlan Koff (IPSE Research Unit, University of Luxembourg) and Dr Lauri Siitonen, (Department of Political and Economic Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland)

 

  • MANAGEMENT OF STRATEGIC RESOURCES, ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY

This Working Group Explores The Challenges Of Creating A Truly Sustainable And Equitable Society From Interdisciplinarity And Transdisciplinarity Perspectives. It Aims To Establish A Platform Of Trans-Regional-Comparative Research In Order To: Broaden And Integrate The Discussion On Socio-Economic-Political Analysis Concerning The Management Of Strategic Resources, Promote Better Social Knowledge Of Environmental Politics And Socio-Development-Environmental Problems, And Promote Environmental Rights Analysis In A Global Context.

Coordinators: Dr. Carmen Maganda (INECOL, Mexico) and Dr. Edith Kauffer (CIESAS Sureste, Mexico)

 

  • CIVIL SOCIETY, VULNERABLE POPULATIONS, AND STATE POLICIES OF HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

 

This Working Group Seeks To Conduct Collaborative/Comparative Research On The Role And Incidence Of Civil Society In Regional And State Policies Of Health And Well-Being. This Approach Considers The Social And Political Maturity Of The State, The World Context Of A Supposed Democratization And Liberalization Of Access To Health And Well-Being, As Well As The Recognition Of The Plurality Of Concepts Which Inform These Policies And An Increase In The Expectations And Demands Citizens Manifest Before The State.

Coordinator: Dr. Claudia Puerta Silva (INER, Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia)

 

  • THE SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF RISK AND DISASTERS

This Working Group Aims To Develop And Promote Research And Teaching Activities, As Well As Comparative Discussions, On The Forms In Which Conditions Of Risk And Disaster Develop In Different Countries. It Also Seeks To Identify Both Cultural And Social Practices Associated With Risk-Disaster Reduction, As Well As With Recovery Capabilities In Disaster Cases Associated With Both Sudden And Slow Impacts.

Coordinators: Dr. Dora Ramos (ECOSUR, Mexico) and Dr. Virginia García Acosta (CIESAS, Mexico)

 

  • COMPARATIVE BORDER AND MIGRATION POLITICS

This Working Group Integrates The Comparative Examination Of Contemporary Developments In Border Regions And Migration Systems Into More General Discussions Of Political And Economic Transformations In Global Politics, Thus Creating A Connection Between Border And Migration Debates (Which Are Often Artificially Separated) And Linking Local And Global Studies In Both Arenas.

Coordinator: Dr. Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly (Local Government Institute, University of Victoria, Canada)

 

  • CONFLICT, VIOLENCE AND CITIZEN SECURITY (SPANISH)

This Working Group Promotes Academic Discussions On Conflicts, Violence And Security Policies Located In Urban, Regional, National And International Environments With Different Social, Political, Cultural And Economic Contexts.

Coordinator: Dr. Juan Carlos Velez Rendón (IEP, Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia)

 

  • INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND THE LINK BETWEEN REGIONAL AND GLOBAL GOVERNANCE ARCHITECTURE

History is replete with examples of bodies or groupings organized by states in a spirit of community for some perceived greater good or purpose.  Whether these bodies are motivated by a neorealist desire to preserve a balance of power in a structured political world; a neoliberal institutionalist philosophy to implement international law and moral codes through such bodies; or constructivist insights that reflect bodies born of shared ideas, the commonality is human beings acting on behalf of a state/unit/actor to examine and resolve challenges facing society and humanity. Obvious examples include the European Union, BRICS, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, African Union and the United Nations. Governance architecture and its efficacy, reflects, and depends on, varying measures of commitment from and across regional, or global, members; constitutional arrangements; buy-in and implementation; and belief in an enduring philosophy of purpose.

Coordinator: Dr Suzanne Graham (Department of Politics and IR, University of Johannesburg, South Africa)

 

PUBLISHING AND PUBLICATIONS

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Follow this link to the official book series:

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INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP FEES

The RISC Consortium has engaged scholars and practitioners in comparative, cross-regional dialogues on the human and environmental impacts of regional integration processes since 2007. Through its activities, it has fostered cross-regional dialogue on social cohesion and promoted cohesion amongst socially conscious members in different world regions. Multilingual (English, Spanish, French) and interdisciplinary in nature, the consortium facilitates exchanges and reinforces its commitments to core values including mutual respect, solidarity and sustainable development. More than an association, RISC has established a consolidated community of members dedicated to this vision. Starting 2018, RISC is pleased to announce that it is opening memberships to individuals.

 

Benefits of Membership

When you join the RISC, you become part of an active community of socially conscious scholars and practitioners dedicated to inter-regional dialogue on social and environment issues. In addition to rewarding interaction with like-minded colleagues from different world regions, as a RISC member, you receive the following benefits:

  • Participation in RISC international conferences and doctoral/postdoctoral schools without payment of registration fee upon acceptance of a presentation proposal (non-RISC members pay registration fees at these events).   

  • Accommodation during international conferences and doctoral/postdoctoral schools upon acceptance of a presentation proposal (non-RISC members are responsible for their own accommodation at these events).  

  • Eligibility for travel funding to participate in RISC working group seminars/workshops   

  • Eligibility for research travel grants, including young scholar mobility grants and professorial exchange grants.   

  • Eligibility for funding to organize writers’ workshops.   

  • Access to past issues and the most current issue of Regions & Cohesion, an emerging SCOPUS- indexed journal published by the Berghahn Journals three times a year (subscription included in membership).  

  • Discounts on volumes from RISC’s book series Regional Integration and Social Cohesion, published by PIE-Peter Lang.

  • Access to RISC Working Groups  

JOIN RISC NOW  (Fees paid for a calendar year based on the following membership options)

 

Regular Membership: 60 euros

Student Membership: 40 euros

Membership for Unemployed: 40 euros

Membership from Associated Organizations: 40 euros

Our history

The Consortium for Comparative Research on Regional Integration and Social Cohesion (RISC) was established in November 2007 when the directors of socially conscious research institutes from Europe, North America and South America met in Luxembourg to participate in a conference on “Social Cohesion in Europe and the Americas.” Since that time, the consortium has expanded its membership into Africa and Asia and consolidated its scientific activities through annual international conferences, a book series, a scientific journal, thematic workshops/symposium grants for young scholar mobility and professorial exchanges and academic prizes. Starting 2020, RISC has evolved into RISC-RISE (Regional Integration and Social Cohesion-Social Elevation) which integrates community engagement, citizen science and policy-impact into its mission.
 
Our Mission

Are communities at the service of their territories and markets or are territories and markets at the service of their communities? The RISC Consortium has addressed this question since 2007 through promotion of the comparative examination of the human and environmental impacts of regional integration through the creation of a cross-regional and interdisciplinary network of scholars. Since 2020, the mission of RISC-RISE is to promote innovative solutions to socio-ecological vulnerability in communities through inter-regional partnerships of academics, stakeholders and government officials aimed at establishing dialogue between research, policy and social action.
 
To Join

Regular Membership: R1100.00
Student Membership: R700.00
 
To pay for membership click here use this cost centre number 004499 as your reference