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A brief history of GEM Ph.D. Schools

In seeking to implement its ambitious research and training agenda, GEM-DIAMOND can rely on the near to two decades-long experience of the GEM Ph.D. School spearheaded by Professor Mario Telò. What started between 2005 and 2010 as a series of Ph.D. summer schools sponsored by the FP6 GARNET research project has since evolved into the internationally recognized GEM Ph.D. school.

Centered on research pertaining to Globalisation, Europe, and Multilateralism, the GEM Ph.D. school now involves: (i) an ever-evolving and shared multi-annual research agenda, (ii) a dedicated GEM book series published with Routledge, (iii) a dozen degree-awarding universities on three continents (Europe, Asia, and the Americas) linked through a web of multiple doctoral degree agreements, as well as (v) an alumni community of some 60 graduates representing over 40 nationalities. The GEM Ph.D. School has so far seen the production of an impressive inter-disciplinary body of work on a variety of challenges facing both the global system and the place of the EU therein.

Launched in 2010, the GEM Ph.D. school was promptly recognized as an Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctoral Programme on "Globalisation, the European Union and Multilateralism" (2010-2018). A bottom-up effort geared towards supporting a wide range of research, this initial iteration of the Ph.D. school was able to foster first-rate doctoral research across the social sciences tackling a variety of challenges facing the European Union and other regional organizations. Ultimately, these early years saw the program successfully support over 40 Double Doctoral Degrees.

The GEM Ph.D. school was relaunched in 2016 as a European Joint Doctorate endorsed by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action’s Innovative Training Networks (2016-2020). This second iteration reflected the will of a number of institutions involved in GEM to renew and reinvigorate their shared doctoral research program by updating and focusing its research agenda. This resulted in the GEM-STONES (an acronym for “Globalisation, Europe and Multilateralism – Sophistication of the Transnational Order, Networks and European Strategies”) which saw a 15 partner institutions jointly employ 15 doctoral fellows to study how the European Union has managed the world’s growing institutional complexity. This collective effort has so far led to four edited volumes and 13 successfully submitted double doctoral manuscripts.

And now, with the GEM-DIAMOND project, the GEM Ph.D. School stands on the eve of its third iteration as it looks forward to welcoming, training, and supervising a whole new generation of early-stage scholars from across the world. The 16 early-stage researchers GEM-DIAMOND will select over the summer will work on the following individual topics:

  1. Dissensus over the Rule of Law in Transnational Parliamentary Arenas: The case of the European Parliament
  2. The capitalism-democracy nexus and struggles over European governance
  3. Law and practice of the rule of law within the European Union
  4. EU grand strategy in a competitive system: European liberal democracy in a multipolar world
  5. National and European courts reacting to dissensus: The case of fundamental rights protection
  6. The 'resistance’ social movement: towards a re-politicisation of the European public sphere
  7. The politics of the untidy right: illiberal democracy as a contagious concept
  8. Technocratic actors as ‘teachers’ of the rule of law: EU technical assistance, capacity-building and other pathways
  9. Contesting national sovereignty? Transnational civil society activism and EU external action against deforestation
  10. Socio-economic contestation turned into democratic conflicts? EU comprehensive trade agreements in front of parliaments: the CETA CASE
  11. Legal contestation on the rule of law and its impact on EU cooperation in criminal matters with third parties: EU-MERCOSUR
  12. Contesting European border regimes: challenging and remaking EU migration governance
  13. Impact of dissensus driven by external competition on EU peace support & stability instruments and mechanisms
  14. Responding to competing authoritarian models: Japan and EU’s respective neighbourhoods compared
  15. Impact of competing models on the EU’s political conditionality in a turbulent neighbourhood
  16. The European Constitutional Counter-Revolution

In October 2022, when the 16 fellows will have joined the program and the research agenda will have started, regularly updated information on the project and its outcomes will be available on this website.