The Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies (“the Centre”) is an interdisciplinary research centre of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the KU Leuven (University of Leuven). It was set up to promote, support and carry out high-quality international, innovative and interdisciplinary research on global governance. In addition to its fundamental research activities the Centre carries out independent applied research and offers innovative policy advice and solutions to policy-makers on multilateral governance and global public policy issues. In 2010, the Centre was recognized as a KU Leuven Centre of Excellence.

The Centre brings together talent from throughout the University. It operates on the basis of co-ownership and the strong conviction that interdisciplinary research creates added value to resolve complex multi-faceted international problems. The Centre promotes pioneering projects in law, economics and political science and actively initiates and encourages interdisciplinary, cross-cutting research initiatives in pursuit of solutions to real world problems. The cross-cutting initiatives are thematic projects around which University researchers join forces across disciplines to forge responses to complex global challenges. The cross-cutting initiatives address critical issues in relation to globalization, governance processes and multilateralism, with a particular focus on the following areas, taking the many cross-cutting issues into account:

  1. the European Union and global governance
  2. Human rights, democracy and rule of law
  3. Trade and sustainable development
  4. Peace and security
  5. Emerging powers
  6. Federalism and multi-level governance
  7. Global commons and outer space
  8. Non-state actors

In full recognition of the complex issues involved, the Centre approaches global governance from a multi-level and multi-actor perspective. GGS considers non-European perspectives to global governance of great importance. It hosts the InBev-Baillet Latour EU-China Chair and the Leuven India Focus, organizes regularly transatlantic conferences and events focusing on Latin America, and takes a keen interest in the Global South.

In addition to its fundamental research, GGS carries out independent applied research and advises policy-makers on multilateral governance and global public policy issues. It regularly
organizes conferences, seminars and debates on these issues, including a summer school. GGS works with academic and policy partners from all over the world, including the European Parliament, the European Commission, the European External Action Service, the Committee of the Regions, the OECD, UNIDO, UNCTAD, the World Bank and the WTO.