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Berlin Graduate School for Global and Transregional Studies (BGTS)

From January 1, 2019, the BTS will be integrated into the Berlin Graduate School for Global and Transregional Studies (BGTS). The BGTS will be the Graduate School of the Cluster of Excellence “Contestations of the Liberal Script” (SCRIPTS) at Freie Universität Berlin in cooperation with Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Hertie School of Governance and others. The BGTS builds on the well-proven structure of the BTS. The programme focusses on contemporary controversies about liberal orders from a historical, global, and comparative perspective. It is particularly interested in global and transregional processes analysed by social science and historical methods. Research at the BGTS focuses on the structures, risks, and opportunities of cross-regional interaction at various levels. Find out more about the research programme of SCRIPTS here.

Doctoral Programme

The BTS provides a distinctive platform for ambitious, innovative, and cutting-edge projects and offers an inspiring environment to undertake theory-driven, methodologically rigorous research. The focus of the programme is on international and regional institutions, with a special emphasis on multilateral and non-state actors. Questions that form the center of our work are related to the legitimacy, authority, and politicization of global governance; regional cooperation and integration including the European Union (EU); and normative interfaces of international politics and international law. Research undertaken at the BTS should be driven by an interest in transnational and international actors as well as a comparative approach to problems and questions related to regional and global governance structures.


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