Geneva Transformative Governance Lab

Geneva Transformative Governance Lab2021-07-09T09:55:13+02:00

The Geneva Transformative Governance Lab (GTGLab) at the Global Studies Institute of the University of Geneva, pioneers interdisciplinay and collaborative research on the governance of global challenges through the lens of complexity.

Created at the Global Studies Institute of the University of Geneva in Spring 2018, the Geneva Transformative Governance Lab (GTGLab) conducts research on the governance of complex global challenges such as emerging infectious diseases, financial and economic crises, widespread disinformation and the rise of extremism.

These challenges not only transcend classical boundaries and levels of analysis (political, economic, cultural, sectoral, and disciplinary) but are also strongly coupled and interdependent. Addressing these complex global challenges requires effective yet nimble institutions at all levels of governance as an essential part of resilient and sustainable societies.

Drawing on insights from systems thinking and complexity theory, the GTGLab is a space for researchers from all relevant disciplines to collaborate across sectors, levels of organisation and scales to encourage innovative thinking and build the scientific foundations for adaptive and transformative governance in the 21st century.


  • Fragility and resilience of regional and global systems
    The GTGLab aims to how understand how interconnections create risks that can trigger disruption that transcends national and sectoral boundaries.
  • Mapping global interactions to manage interdependence
    The GTGLab aims to capture how contemporary governance is exerted through multi-layered networks of people, institutions, ideas and norms.
  • Fragmegrativedynamics in multilevel governance systems
    The GTGLab studies interactions between sovereign nation states and supranational governance with a focus on dynamics of integration and fragmentation.
  • Interdisciplinarity and the transformation of knowledge production in the era of complexity
    The GTGLab is interested in understanding how the production of knowledge shape our capacities to tackle complex problems.
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  • Didier Wernli, Fabrizio Tediosi, Karl Blanchet, Chantal Morel, Didier Pittet, Nicolas Levrat, and Oran Young. ‘A complexity lens on the COVID-19 pandemic’, International Journal of Health Policy and Management. 2021 (IF 2020: 5.007)
  • Irene Anna Lambraki, Shannon Majowicz, Jane Elizabeth Parmley, Didier Wernli, Anaïs Léger, Tiscar Graells, Melanie Cousins, Stephan Harbarth, Carolee Carson, Patrik Henriksson, Max Troell, Peter Søgaard Jørgensen. Building Social-Ecological System Resilience to Tackle Antimicrobial Resistance Across the One Health Spectrum: Protocol for a Mixed Methods Study. JMIR protocols (IF: NA)
  • Didier Wernli, Mia Clausin, Nino Antulov-Fantulin, Nikola Biller-Andorno, Lucas Böttcher, John Berezowski, Claudine Burton-Jeangros, Karl Blanchet, Gérard Escher, Antoine Flahault, Keiji Fukuda, Dirk Helbing, Philip D. Jaffé, Peter Jørgensen, Yuliya Kaspiarovich, Jaya Krishnakumar, Roderick Lawrence, Kelley Lee, Anaïs Léger, Nicolas Levrat, Romain Martischang, Chantal Morel, Didier Pittet, Maxime Stauffer, Fabrizio Tediosi, Flore Vanackere, Jean-Dominique Vassalli, Gaélane Wolff, Oran Young. Governance in the age of complexity: building resilience to COVID-19 and future pandemicsGeneva Science Policy Interface. Policy brief (2021).


“Communication between disciplines has always
existed but the rapid accumulation and globalisation of
knowledge which started in the second half of the 20th
century have made a more systematic and programmatic
approach to interdisciplinarity both a possible and
necessary endeavour to create the networked university
of the 21st century” LERU Position paper on interdisciplinarity 2016

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