We are looking for someone with a strong quantitative background and a keen interest in social network analysis to strengthen our research team on comparative regional integration. We offer a competitive, four-year PhD scholarship, working at the United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies in Brugge, Belgium.
Recent developments in the quantification of the agreements underlying regional integration (e.g., Hosmann, Osnago and Rutha, 2019, World Trade Review) allow us, for the first time, to compare and contrast the contents of these agreements on a global scale. This puts researchers in a position where they can analyse the evolution of regional and global integration in new and exciting ways, one of which is through social network analysis.
In this project, we will apply social network analysis in order to create an image of the interconnections of bilateral and multilateral agreements and organisations underpinning these forms of integration. The project also aims to pay special attention to the differences in type, content and performance of those agreements, something that has been largely overlooked until now. Using state-of-the-art social network analysis tools, such as stochastic block modelling of a multi-layered network, we will assess how changes in the membership of regional organisations both affect and are affected by their institutional setup and the de-facto performance of the agreement.
We are looking for someone with a strong quantitative background and a keen interest in social network analysis to strengthen our UNU-CRIS research team on comparative regional integration.
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