This working group examines the conditions under which social and political action — from social movements and transnational advocacy networks to community empowerment efforts and citizen consultations — contribute to effective change processes, particularly those related to inclusive and accountable governance.
UN Sustainable Development Goal 16 aims to “promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.”
Faculty and student researchers examine issues such as democratic governance and state responsiveness; the mobilization of political protest and nonviolent civil resistance movements; the role of transnational norms, institutions, and advocacy in promoting human rights, environmental justice, and political inclusion; and the participation of women, ethnic and religious minorities, migrants, refugees, and other marginalized groups in social change efforts and governance institutions.
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Other potential collaborative research areas of interest at the Keough School include:
- Advancing democratization through peace processes and peace accords by bringing together two established research projects within the Keough School — the Varieties of Democracy project of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the Peace Accords Matrix project of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.
- Addressing climate change by connecting Keough School policy professionals, engineers, and scientists with specialists in the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development, Global Adaptation Initiative (ND-GAIN), and Environmental Change Initiative to explore technically sound, scientifically rigorous, and ethically responsible responses to the social and environmental challenges posed by global climate change while supporting sustainable approaches to environmental management.
- Increasing understanding of migration and the rising tide of people displaced by war and environmental degradation, drawing on multidisciplinary expertise within the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, and the Center for Civil and Human Rights to explore what combination of government, civil society, and corporate practices best eases the plight of migrants and refugees around the world.