NTNU Globalization Research Programme

NTNU Globalization Research Programme

Welcome to the site of the strategic research area Globalization at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

Globalization affects most scientific disciplines in fundamental ways, and an interdisciplinary approach is critical for understanding the multiple drivers and impacts of globalization. This poses new challenges for individual disciplines, including theoretical and methodological challenges, as well as challenges related to content and the objects of research foci. Such challenges, however, encourage academic originality and innovation.

NTNU's Globalization Research Programme is one of six strategic research areas identified by the university as especially important for the 21st century. The other research areas are

 NTNU's Globalization Research Programme addresses socially-relevant, topical issues concerning the promises and pitfalls of globalization in economic, social and political life. This program is based on NTNU's long-standing tradition of addressing technology's role in solving social problems, combining academic excellence, interdisciplinarity, and cooperation between science and practice. The Globalization Research Programme houses researchers and research fellows from the humanities, social sciences, architecture, technology management, and medicine. The programme sponsors international conferences, workshops and lectures, and supports research projects and PhD candidates involved in a wide variety of research. The key goal of the program is to undertake cutting-edge research on globalization and to disseminate research findings through international publications, conferences, and projects. Project support comes from The Research Council of Norway, the European Union, international networks, collaboration with industry, and from NTNU.

The research program centers on four focus areas. Global Production and Communication research addresses sustainability in production and examines ways in which sustainability can be a driver for innovations. War, Conflict and Migration examines globalization's role in questions of war and peace and flows of goods and people and the health and wellbeing of communities. Intercultural Dynamics: Communication, Responsibility and Development addresses cultural and ethical aspects of governance and social development. Global Economic Flows, Governance and Stability addresses  issues of global financial flows, debt crisis and the management of natural resources and governance.

Globalization News


New pubication from Ragnar Torvik

Ragnar Torvik's latest paper entitled 'The need for enemies' ,co-authored with L. Fergusson (Universidad de los Andes), J. A. Robinson (Harvard University) and J.F. Vargas (Universidad del Rosario), is featured in the editorial of a Colombian news magazine El Espectador. This is one of Colombia's largest magazines, with 700,000 weekly. For google translation of the editorial click here.

You will also find a press release of the paper here: http://www.180.com.uy/articulo/28832_Alvaro-Uribe-y-la-necesidad-del-enemigo

Globalization in the media

Natural resources are not really a course at all: says Christa Brunnschweiler (Globalization post doctoral fellow and researcher at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH). See review on The Economist

Given the significant uncertainties about developments in the world economy and the dilemma of how to balance various risks, it is difficult to argue that Norges Bank has made any  major mistakes. But it should be more independent institution – Says the independent evaluation committee lead by Professor Ragnar Torvik (leader of the Globalization Research Programme). See review on E24

The United States arms most dictatorship: Interview with globalization researcher Professor Indra de Soysa on ScienceNordic (an online news magazine covering research in the Nordic countries)

Globalization research featured at CNN

NTNU Globalization Research Programme

Latest publications

Aasprong, H. (2012). Recreating the banana grower:: the role of private certification systems in the windward Island's banana industry. Cultural Unbound 4: 721—745

Acemoglu D, Robinson JA & Torvik R (2013). Why Do Voters Dismantle Checks and Balances? Review of Economic Studies 80(3): 845-875.

Attanapola, C.T.; Brun, C. & Lund, R. (2013). Working gender after crisis. Partnerships and disconnections in Sri Lanka after the Indian Ocean tsunami. Gender, Place and Culture 20(1): 70—86.

Attanapola CT (2013). Back and forth with hopes and fears: Sri Lankan men's narratives on gender and mobility in transnational livelihoods. Norwegian Journal of Geography 67(4): 219 – 228.

Basheka BC, Oluka PN & Mugurusi G (2012). Adopting new approaches for public procurement efficiency: critical success factors (CSFs) for the implementation of e-procurement in Uganda's public sector. International Journal of Procurement Management 5(6): 712-732.

Lund R, Kusakabe K, Panda SM & Wang Y (Eds.) (2014). Gender, mobilitites and livelihoods transformation: Comparing indigenous people in China, India, and Laos. Routledge Studies in development and Migration, Routledge: London & New York.

Mugurusi G & De Boer L (2013). What follows after the decision to offshore production? A systematic review of the literature. Strategic Outsourcing, An International Journal 6(3): 00-00.

Netland TH & Aspelund A (2013). Company-specific production systems and competitive advantage: A resource-based view on the Volvo Production System. International Journal of Operations & Production Management 33(11/12): 00-00.

Netland TH & Aspelund A (2014). Multi-plant improvement programmes: A literature review and research agenda. International Journal of Operations & Production Management  34(1): 00-00.

Netland TH & Sanchez E (2014). Effects of a production improvement programme on global quality performance: The case of the Volvo Production System. The TQM Journal  26(2): 00-00.

 Robinson JA, Torvik R & Verdier T (2013). Political Foundation of the Resource Curse: A Simplification and a Comment. Journal of Development Economics 106(1): 194-198

Strabac Z, Aalberg T & Valenta M (2013). Attitudes towards Muslim immigrants: Evidence from survey experiments across four countries. Journal of ethnic and migration studies 00(0): 00-00.

Valenta M & Strabac Z (2013). The dynamics of Bosnian refugee migrations in the 1990s, current migration trends and future prospects. Refugee Survey Quarterly 32 (3): 1-22.

Valenta M & Thorshaug K (2013). Restrictions on right to work for asylum seekers: The case of the Scandinavian countries, Great Britain and the Netherlands. International Journal on Minority and Group Rights 20 (3): 459-482.

Valenta Marko & Strabac Z (2013). Refugee return in post-war Bosnia-Herzegovina. In Listhaug O & Ramet SP (Eds.). Civic and Uncivic Values in Bosnia and Herzegovina: The Record Since Dayton. Longo Editore: Ravenna.

Valenta,M & Gregurovic S (2014). Ethnic groups and a dynamic of boundary-making among co-ethnics: an experience from Croatian Istria. Ethnicities 00(0): 00-00.

Valenta M (2014). The nexus of asylum seeker migrations and asylum policy: Longitudinal analysis of migration trends of the four largest asylum seeker groups in Norway. International Journal on Minority and Group Rights 00(0): 00-00.


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