This research area focuses on the interrelations between the presence of minorities or indigenous peoples in a given territory on the one hand, and the governance of the territory on the other.
Territorial governance can play an essential role in ensuring or threatening stability, cohesion as well as human rights protection, especially in societies undergoing political, legal, institutional and economic re-organization. Changes in territorial governance can thus create both opportunities and risks for minorities and indigenous peoples. An in-depth understanding of governance that considers the functional interconnection between the local and international levels is paramount.
Our research projects contribute to such understanding by addressing the relationship between minority and indigenous rights and claims, and the multiple political and cultural dimensions of a territory.
In particular, projects explore issues such as territorial cooperation between local and regional authorities in pluri-ethnic border areas, systems of territorial and non-territorial autonomies, land rights as well as contested territories, political participation, and the economic development of minorities and indigenous peoples.
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