The Chair of International Relations contributes with two projects to the Research Cluster “Global Networks” („Governance globaler Kooperationsnetzwerke“), which investigates the functioning, influence and normative design of global networks. Competition and cooperation in transnational networks are central drivers of global governance. Global networks initiate innovation processes in business, politics and law, which increasingly influence the creation, implementation and development of international rules, norms and standards. With the growing influence of global networks, questions of their regulation, legitimacy and integration into democratic processes arise.
The research cluster pursues an interdisciplinary approach combining economics, (organisational) sociology and political science (International Relations). Currently, three chairs of Zeppelin University are involved in the research cluster: The Chair of Institutional Economics, the Chair of International Relations and the Chair of Global Governance with a focus on development cooperation. Lisbeth Zimmermann, who holds the Chair of International Relations at Zeppelin University, is the speaker of the research cluster "Global Networks" at ZU.