Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies is an institution of research and higher education dedicated to the study of world affairs, with a particular emphasis on the cross-cutting fields of international relations and development issues.

We are a cosmopolitan community located in the heart of Geneva, an international city and a centre of global governance. By intensely engaging with international organisations, NGO’s, governments and multinational companies, we participate in global discussions and prepare future policy-makers to lead tomorrow’s world.

The Graduate Institute works and coordinates this project through the Centre for International Environmental Studies (CIES). Established in 2010, the CIES is the Graduate Institute’s focal point for research on environmental issues. The centre is dedicated to the better understanding of the social, legal, economic and political facets of global problems related to the environment, with an emphasis on the international dimension and the North-South relations. The centre addresses complex problems such as climate change, biodiversity, food security, energy, natural resources and development.

The project lead for the CIES is Prof. Timothy Swanson, co-director of the Centre.

The IHEID team works on strengthening our understanding of the mechanisms affecting the diffusion of technologies to achieve sustainable growth in the developing world. This sub-project proceeds in two main stages: first the project examines the theory of how diffusion impacts upon development across the global economy. Second, it develops an empirical analysis of case studies in several different industries, global and national, in order to examine the nature of barriers to diffusion between countries and within them.