GEM-STONES joint doctoral program

GEM-STONES is a joint European doctoral (JED) program of which Université Laval is a member. GEM-STONES tasked ESEI with coordinating the Canadian component of the project, in close cooperation with the Department of Political Science and the Faculty of Law at Université Laval. 

GEM-STONES consortium

The GEM-STONES consortium is coordinated by Institut d’études européennes at Université libre de Bruxelles (IEE-ULB), which itself was selected by the Marie Sklodowska Curie program. GEM-STONES was awarded €3.89 million in funding by the European Commission in 2016 to establish a joint doctoral school dedicated to the analysis of the proliferation of international institutions.  

GEM-STONES was created in response to the “innovative training networks” (ITN) call for projects issued by the European research program, Horizon2020. With an average success rate of 10.5%, ITN calls for proposals are extremely competitive. This was a major coup for Université Laval and its partners. 

The GEM-STONES acronym stands for Globalisation, Europe & Multilateralism - Sophistication of the Transnational Order, Networks, and European Strategies. 

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Objective of the GEM-STONES doctoral school

This major inter-university and interdisciplinary initiative aims to improve our understanding of how international actors, in particular the European Union, can effectively manage institutional proliferation. There are more than 65,000 international institutions worldwide that are involved in governing a multitude of activities, and this number is growing. The resulting complexity is difficult to analyze from a strictly social sciences or humanities perspective, hence the interest in encouraging interdisciplinary and inter-university research on the subject. 

How the doctoral school is organized

Coordinated by Institut d’études européennes at Université libre de Bruxelles (IEE-ULB), the GEM-STONES consortium has seven other member universities: Université Laval, University of Geneva, Copenhagen Business School, LUISS Guido Carli University, Warwick University, University of Hamburg, and Waseda University. 

The research program is structured around a network of jointly supervised training network. The consortium has recruited 15 doctoral students. Each of them is supervised by two professors at two partner universities and will obtain a joint degree at the end of their course of study. A call for applications to select PhD students was launched in the summer of 2016. 

The consortium also works with seven non-academic partners: the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the German Institute of Global and Area Studies, European Politics - Pol-Int, the Union of International Associations, McKinsey and Company, Istituto Affari Internazionali, and the publisher Routledge Taylor & Francis. These partners provide mentorships for each of the program's doctoral students, are involved in hands-on training activities, and participate in the project's dissemination and spin-off strategy. 

Doctoral students under joint supervision at Université Laval

ESEI, the Department of Political Science and the Faculty of Law at Université Laval are hosting three doctoral students under joint supervision:  

Guillaume Beaumier, Doctorate in Political Science and International Political Economy on the governance of e-commerce.  
Dissertation title: Governing eCommerce as a Complex System 
Co-supervised by the University of Warwick and Université Laval in cooperation with McKinsey & Company  
MattheWatson, Jean-Frédéric Morin, and Daniel Berhin

Kevin Kalomeni, Doctorate in Political Science and International Political Economy on the implementation of regulatory cooperation.  
Dissertation title: Implementing regulatory cooperation: a story about lobbies, trade, and standards  
Co-supervised by Université Laval and LUISS, in cooperation with Istituto Affari Internazionali  
Supervisors: Arlo Poletti, 
Louis Bélanger, and Daniela Huber 

Laurence Marquis, Doctorate in International Trade Law on the impact of common European policies on international trade. 
Dissertation title: The Institutions of the European Common Commercial Policy and their Impact on the Design and Content of the Complex Regime of International Trade Agreements and the Global Trade System
Co-supervised by LUISS and Université Laval  
Elena Sciso and Richard Ouellet