Welcome to the website of the WES. WES is a series of workshops on environment and security that seek to explore the mutual and diverse influences between environmental and security issues. These pluridisciplinary workshops are the result of a collaboration between five partner universities: the Free University of Brussels (ULB), Sciences Po (Paris), the University of Geneva (UniGe), the University of Economics in Bratislava (UEBA), and the Fletcher School at Tufts University (Boston).
The Sustainable Development Study Centre (CEDD) and Teaching and Research on International Politics (REPI) have already collaborated together through the Europeace project and now with the Chair Environment and Society at ULB. In the past, they have organised conferences, workshops and put together a course on “Environment, natural resources and conflict”, funded by the Bernheim Foundation. This collaboration between researchers from both centres initiated a fruitful interdisciplinary dialogue at the ULB between environmental studies and political science from which hatched these past projects.
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy is a leading professional school of international affairs, working to solve the world's most pressing problems through a collaborative, cross-disciplinary approach to research and education. The Fletcher School hosts the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP). Together, they work in close collaboration with the Tufts University‘s “Water Diplomacy Program”, as well as with the Tufts University’s “Water: Systems, Science and Society” (WSSS) graduate research and education program.
Sciences Po is a leading university in social sciences, in the centre of Paris. Recently, it launched a new interdisciplinary research programme on environmental issues, ‘Politics of the Earth’, which is the result of a collaboration between 20 research centres from 5 universities of the Sorbonne Paris Cité community.
The University of Geneva is a large interdisciplinary university which hosts a number of institutes engaging with environment and security issues. The Global Study Institute (GSI) has recently been created in order to foster teaching and research on global issues such as international security or global environmental governance. The Department of Political Science and International Relations also hosts a number of scholars working on these issues. Finally, the Institute for Environmental Science (ISE) gathers multiple research projects on the field of environment. A research group supervised by Dr. Geraldine Pflieger on Politics, Environment and Territories (POLET) aims at bringing together scholars from a political science background working on environmental issues, along three main topics: urban policies, natural resources governance and environment and international relations.
The University of Economics in Bratislava (UEBA) is nowadays considered one of the most important educational and scientific-research institutions in the Slovak Republic. Its faculty of Internatioanl Relations prepares experts in the field of international relations, with the emphasis on Economic Diplomacy and International Relations.