Workshop Invitation

November 18th, 2012 in Opportunities

Financial Stability and Energy Security in the Americas and Europe: The Role of Transnational Policy Networks | February 14-15, 2013

Deadline: 15th December 2012

This two day international workshop is organised within the research project GR:EEN (Global Reordering: Evolution through European Networks). It aims to study the relations between the EU and regional Transnational Policy Networks (TPNs) in the Americas. TPNs are emerging as important elements of trans-state policy-making in the 21st century. In recent years, the ability of NGOs, transnational governance bodies and firms to shape world politics has steadily grown and their study adds an informal, nongovernmental dimension to the debates on the interactions between the EU and other regions in the world.

The conference aims to bring together policy makers and academics mainly working in the fields of energy security and financial stability. These two areas are not only chosen because they form part of the themes of the GR:EEN research project but also because they provide two salient and relevant lenses through which to understand the nature, dynamics and influence of TPNs.

Some of the focal issues to consider include:

    a) What are Transnational Policy Networks and what is their role? What are the methods TPNs use in the areas of energy security and financial stability?
    b) What are the relations between the European Union and TPNs in the Americas?
    c) What are the relationships between initiatives undertaken by TPNs and other cross-border cooperative instruments employed by state and private actors?
    d) How do TPNs in the Americas operate in ways that affect the functioning of the European Union in the areas of energy security and financial stability?

TPNs will not be limited to non-state actors. The workshop will also explore the workings of government networks including the dynamics within the folds of regulators, law makers and judges that operate and engage across borders.

Travel and accommodations will be covered by the organizers. If you are interested in participating, please send an abstract of about 300 words to Ms Marieke Zwartjes ( by 15 December 2012.

A special issue of a journal or an edited volume is envisaged as an outcome of the workshop. Preliminary papers should be prepared in advance of the conference.

For further enquiries: Marieke Zwartjes.