The research conducted within the graduate school is organised according to the following four pillars:
- A: Conceptual challenges in the analysis of regional powers and regional power shifts.
Pillar A includes theoretical, conceptual and methodological approaches to the study of regional powers, power shifts and governance issues.
- B: Comparative analysis of regional power dynamics in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
Pillar B builds on the comparative analysis of economic, political and social developments in the regional powers of these four non-European regions.
- C: Policy analysis of challenges in global governance due to regional power shifts.
Pillar C is devoted to divulging the impact of power shifts on global governance fields such as development, environment, finance, security, social affairs and trade.
- D: Repercussions of regional powers and regional power shifts in the European world.
Pillar D investigates how the dynamic changes in the aforementioned non-European regions affect our European perception of, and interest in, the regions studied.