WINIR 2022

WINIR CONFERENCE ON POLYCENTRIC GOVERNANCE (ONLINE, SEPTEMBER 2022) — The governance of almost all complex social or natural resource systems is polycentric: it involves distributed, nested and partially overlapping patterns of competitive and cooperative relationships among relatively autonomous private and public actors, operating at different levels, within a set of overarching rules.

WINIR 2019

WINIR CONFERENCE ON INCLUSIVE SOCIETIES (LUND, SWEDEN, SEPTEMBER 2019) — While a majority of the world population has experienced improved living standards, there seems to be rising popular discontent with globalization as economic inequalities both between and within nations are rising throughout most of the world. As many now question whether globalization is compatible with inclusive societies, we must ask what lessons may be drawn from previous waves of globalization.

WINIR 2018

WINIR CONFERENCE ON THE FUTURE OF GLOBAL CAPITALISM (HONG KONG, CHINA, SEPTEMBER 2018) — The twenty-first century will see major disruptions to the global balance of politico-economic power. There is a recognised need for new or enhanced international orders, to sustain peace and international trade, as well as to address the problem of climate change.

WINIR 2017

WINIR CONFERENCE ON OPEN SOCIETIES (UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS, SEPTEMBER 2017) — As the adverse impacts of financial crises, inequalities in wealth and income, globalized trade and capital mobility have given rise to authoritarian populism, concerns have been raised regarding the possible futures of economically and politically “open societies“.

WINIR 2016

WINIR CONFERENCE ON HUMAN BEHAVIOUR (BOSTON, USA, SEPTEMBER 2016) — Scholars generally agree that institutions coordinate human behaviour and to a certain extent mould it into recognizable patterns, but there is much less consensus regarding the precise mechanisms involved. We also have yet to fully understand the ways in which alternative rule systems and behavioural patterns emerge, persist and evolve to create our complex social systems.

WINIR 2015

WINIR CONFERENCE ON DEVELOPMENT & GLOBALIZATION (RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL, SEPTEMBER 2015) — While economic development depends on investment and technology, it is now widely accepted that appropriate political, legal, economic and other social institutions have also to be in place. But there is less agreement on what those institutions (broadly defined as systems of established social rules) may be, especially at different stages of the process of economic development. There are also ongoing debates about whether globalization is leading to institutional convergence, or whether national institutional diversity can be maintained.

WINIR 2014

INAUGURAL WINIR CONFERENCE ON INSTITUTIONS THAT CHANGE THE WORLD (LONDON, UK, SEPTEMBER 2014) — Although the nature and role of institutions are matters of active research in several academic disciplines, including (but not limited to) economics, history, law, philosophy, politics and sociology, there is a need for the development of shared understandings that can help promote creative conversations across disciplinary boundaries. WINIR has been established to advance this agenda.