Global Governance

Co-Chairs: Prof. Robert Z. Lawrence (Albert L. Williams Professor of International Trade and Investment, Harvard Kennedy School), Prof. María C. Latorre Muñoz (Vice Dean for Research, Postgraduate Studies and International Affairs of the Faculty of Statistical Studies, Universidad Complutense de Madrid; RCC Research Fellow and Co-founder of the Una Europa Global Governance Research Group), Prof. Jan Wouters (Full Professor of International Law and International Organizations at KU Leuven; Jean Monnet Chair ad personam EU and Global Governance, and Co-founder of the Una Europa Global Governance Research Group) and Prof. Daniel Sanchez Mata (Director of Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard; Professor of Botany and Plant Ecology at Complutense University of Madrid)

The world is changing faster and faster. New modes of communication, huge amounts of available data, the ease of transportation or advances in industry are just some of the accelerators of the transformation we are experiencing today. Yet progress is also a two-sided coin, as we face global challenges such as climate change, pandemics, nationalism, and geopolitical tensions, etc. These challenges have transcended the boundaries between countries and, therefore, a joint approach between policymakers and academics becomes the most effective way to meet them. Global governance is an emerging area of research and its formalization requires agreed international guidelines.


global Governance

The Study Group on Global Governance at Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard University is an initiative of the Una Europa Global Governance Research Group. It has been created to build bridges between policymakers and academics to jointly tackle global governance challenges. It has an interdisciplinary approach, as it aims to address issues from a wide range of perspectives. It is composed of a Board of Policymakers and an Academic Board.

The Academic Board is an interdisciplinary team formed by the members of the Una Europa Global Governance Research Group. They are senior researchers from the eight universities that form the Una Europa Alliance, and come from different areas such as economics, law, politics, international relations, computational methods and statistics. This board is open to cooperation with other academics.

Board of Policymakers:

Dr. Robert Koopman

Chief Economist

World Trade Organization


Dr. Maria Francesca Spatolisano

Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Co-ordination & Inter-Agency Affairs

Office of the Under-Secretary-General | Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations


Dr. Siobhan McInerney-Lankford

Senior Counsel

Environment & International Law (LEGEN)

Legal Vice Presidency of the World Bank


Dr. Lars Nilsson

Deputy Head of Unit, Chief Economist

and Trade Analysis Unit at DG Trade, European Commission


Dr. Stephen Karingi

Director, Regional Integration and Trade Division

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)


Dr. Eric Parrado Herrera

Chief economist and general manager of the IDB’s Research Department

Inter-American Development Bank


As all study groups from the Real Colegio Complutense, this one is guided by a shared spirit of openness, flexibility and cross-cultural collaboration. It is the perfect fit for persons willing to share ideas and research, in order to discuss new approaches to common topics in different fields. We want to facilitate the flow of communication among scholars and other individuals who are experts in their field, by the presentation and dissemination of high-quality research.

At a practical level, we are planning to organize seminars on global governance and also to act as a catalyst for disseminating the findings and views of various reports from different Harvard Centers and Schools. We will be happy to support spreading their research in the academic world.


Global Governance