International Workshop on Measuring Globalisation


  • DATE / TIME:
    2012•11•22 - 2012•11•23

    UNU-CRIS in collaboration with Maastricht University, GRESI-FWO and the International Centre for Integrated Assessment and Sustainable Development, is organizing an International Workshop on Measuring Globalisation at the University of Maastricht.

    The quantitative monitoring of globalization has gained interest in recentt years. The A.T. Kearney/Foreign Policy Magazine globalization index (KFP), published 2001–2007, is generally considered as the first proposal to construct a composite measure of globalization. Several proposals followed the KFP index, all trying to improve on it in some aspect(s): conceptual framework, choice of variables, adjustment, normalization, weighting, etc. These include the CSGR Globalisation Index, the Maastricht Globalization Index and the KOF Index of Globalization. Some alternative globalization measures have also been presented, and the OECD has recently facilitated new work on economic globalization indicators.

    Aims of the workshop

    Time is ripe for a new collaborative initiative in this area, in order to take stock of the work that has been done so far, and identify the needs and directions to advance the measurement, monitoring and modeling of globalization. Given the multi-dimensional character of globalization, it is crucial to strengthen communication and collaboration among researchers and practitioners working in different disciplinary fields. The lack of efficient cross-discipline communication is a bottleneck for creating better indicators and indicator systems for monitoring globalization. Conceptual as well as technical and data issue need to be revised. The workshop should contribute to the advancement of the ways by which globalization is measured and monitored and, indirectly, to the quality of applied empirical research on the causes and consequences of globalization in different disciplines. This should be of benefit to policy-makers, scholars, and students.

    This workshop is open to the public.

    For more information, including a tentative list of speakers and a draft programme please see the event page on the UNU-CRIS website.

  • Philippe De Lombaerde ( or Pim Martens (

    Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies

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