At the beginning of 2018 IBEI reorganized its research activities by forming 5 cross-cutting and interdisciplinary research clusters:
• Globalization and Public Policy
• Norms and Rules in International Politics
• Institutions, Inequality and Development
• Security, Conflict and Peace
• States, Diversity and Collective Identities
Five new pathways in the Master’s in International Relations:
• Conflict, Threats and Violence in Global Politics
• Global Governance
• International Environmental Policy
• International Political Economy
• Mediterranean Area Studies
IBEI participated at the XXXVI International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), which took place in Barcelona in May 2018.
On September 2018 IBEI launched a new online self-registration and Virtual Academic Office for the Master’s’ Degrees.
IBEI students developed new initiatives in 2018: ARGUS (an IBEI’s student-run journal on Global Affairs, monthly presenting the students’ perspectives on IR) and BRAINSTAGE (an interactive interview platform formed by IBEI students).
In October 2018, the CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), Göran Marby, gave
a lecture on the challenges of “regulating” the cyberspace at IBEI. The lecture was part of the Autumn School on “The Challenges of Internet Governance”, jointly organized by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the Consorci de Serveis Universitaris de Catalunya (CSUC) and IBEI.
Together with the Universitat Oberta
de Catalunya (UOC), in 2018 IBEI offered a new online specialization course in International Relations, Geopolitics and Global Governance.
In 2018 IBEI started the HRS4R process
(on 15 January 2019, IBEI was awarded
the HR Excellence in Research distinction by the European Commission).
In December 2018 the agreement for the H2020 collaborative project Global Governance and the European Union: Future Trends and Scenarios (GLOBE), coordinated by IBEI, was signed.
Over the next 3 years, the project will focus on the issues defined as strategic priorities in the 2016 EU Global Strategy: trade and development, security, the politics of climate change, migration and global finance.