At Webster Leiden the interconnectedness between teaching and research takes place within the departments themselves and in the Global Research Center. The GRC has two focus areas, that of sustainability and development.

Global Research Center

  • Interdisciplinary (inter-departmental)
  • International (global)
  • Collaborative.

The GRC encourages and coordinates research and scholarship activities of its faculty and students. 

Research will support Webster's core values of responsibility in action, fostering a sustainable future and focus on sustainability and development.

GRC research is faculty-led interdisciplinary (inter-departmental), global and collaborative.

The GRC harnesses the expertise of our faculty and the ambition of our students, to create an active and accessible research community, at Webster Leiden Campus.

Responsibility in action guides our ethical understanding and responsibilities. Through our definition of, and focus upon, “sustainability and development” the GRC aims to foster a sustainable future.

As the presiding body for Webster Leiden's research mandate, the GRC connects with our departmental research activities and develops these into viable global, collaborative research projects.

The GRC coordinates research activities and projects between Webster Leiden Campus and other Webster campuses (St Louis, Geneva, London, Vienna), as well as with its main partners and other affiliated institutional and corporate partners. 

The GRC is headed by a Research Board, and functions operationally through Departmental Research Committees. It is further supported by an Advisory Committee, Quality Committees, and Ethics Committees.

The Global Research Centre seeks to create and utilize an interactive dynamic both within and between our departments.

Following best practices for teaching and research: harnessing Webster's talent locally and globally.

To carry out global research with sustainability as its main focus is making use of a natural development within Webster, a bottom-up development combining the expertise present within the worldwide Webster network in areas such as:

  • International cooperation and conflict resolution
  • Political and social development
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Globalization and ethics
  • Environmental awareness
  • Scarcity of resources
  • Diversity and culture
  • Human rights and humanitarian law.

In line with the GRC mission, the charge of the GRC is therefore to promote and facilitate collaborative, global, and interdisciplinary research and publication in the area of sustainability and development:

We will try to achieve this by:

  • Identifying areas where research is needed with support from the GRC Advisory Committee
  • Prioritizing research projects and attempting to find external funding with support from the GRC Advisory Committee
  • Appointing members for the GRC Advisory Committee and GRC Ethics Committee
  • Facilitating communication about research activities
  • Encouraging research activities through participation in education forums, conferences, and faculty/student exchange
  • Exploring cooperative arrangements and projects within the Webster network and partner networks, linking corporations, institutions, governments, and NGO’s.

GRC subscribes and adheres to the Code of Conduct for Scientific Practice of the Dutch Association of Research Universities VNSU (2004). This Code describes the following Principles and Best Practices for teaching and research: scrupulousness, reliability, verifiability, impartiality and independence.

Proposals are accepted only on the basis of an officially signed Memorandum of Understanding, which includes a Non-Disclosure Agreement (conform European IRP guidelines). Please follow the link below.

Handbook for Research Proposals

Current Projects

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Title: The Bijlmer Project

Theme: Human trafficking

Project leader: Dr Sheetal Agarwal-Shah

Collaboration: Dr Marie Thompson

Start project: May 2012


The Bijlmer Project is a non-profit, grassroots collaborative project between Webster Leiden Campus & CARF (Christian Aid & Resources Foundation) situated in the Bijlmer (Amsterdam Zuid Oost). Our mission is working together to address the psychosocial needs of victims of human trafficking for purposes of sexual exploitation and to deal with the larger issue of modern day slavery.

More information on:


Title: The US Treasury

Theme: International political economy

Project leader: Dr Islam Qasem

Start project: September 2013

Description: Information to follow

Our Global Community and Partners

Participatory Research: the Global Research Center is actively expanding its network of partners to include selected institutes of higher education, research institutions, companies, and NGO’s in the Netherlands and abroad.
Main partners are:

The Webster Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies

The Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies combines support for teaching, research, and service to promote global citizenship among its students, staff, and alumni.. The Institute is uniquely positioned to take advantage of Webster University’s global footprint in order to become a leading hub for human rights education internationally. It is here to promote and coordinate activities, as well as to build networks between government agencies, organizations, and businesses. The Institute has selected fellows who engage in human rights education and foster creative thinking about some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

GRC contact: Dr Kelly-Kate Pease, director.

Regent’s University London

Regent’s University is one of the UK’s most respected private universities. Comprising seven schools plus world-class conference center, all within a superb central London campus in Regent’s Park. Current research is organized in two Faculty Research Centers: “Networks of Power” comprising research in history, international relations, political science, sociology, and management, and “Psychotheraphy and Counselling Psychology Reflections”.

GRC contact: Dr Judith Ackroyd, Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Science.

Universidade Paulista (UNIP), São Paulo, Brazil

São Paulo’s main university with approx.190,000 students, specializing mainly in business and management, tourism management, medical and biological science, and psychology. A private university very active in the area of community work and research (e.g. on the Amazon).

GRC contact: Prof. Laura Freire, Director of International Relations

Making use of our Webster University global network, GRC can provide research opportunities that tap into knowledge and expertise present at our other Webster campuses.

Vienna Research

Faculty Research at Webster University Vienna concentrates in the field of psychology on: decision making, economic psychology, financial market psychology, behavioral finance, tax psychology, overconfidence, ethics, empathy, psychotherapy and counseling processes. In the field of art/visual culture on visual culture today: its historical, aesthetic, and political implications. Vienna faculty in the discipline of Business and Management pursue the following research areas: international human resource management and personnel transfers with a particular focus on expatriates; supply chain management, information systems, and electronic commerce; value-based strategic management and financial strategy; and empirical analysis of labor markets, human capital, and individual attitudes.

GRC contact: Prof. Dr Maria-Regina Kecht, Academic Director.

Geneva Research

Running since 1996, the annual Humanitarian Conference organized by Webster University Leiden Campus is an important event for the international humanitarian community. Speakers include experts and senior representatives from international organizations, NGOs, government, business, and academia, who share their experience on a wide range of current humanitarian issues. The conference is open both to experts and the general public, and all presentations are published in the peer-reviewed Refugee Survey Quarterly (Oxford Journals) which is published on behalf of the United Nations Commissioner for Refugees and has Webster Geneva faculty on its Editorial Board.

The conference has benefited from the annual participation of valuable partners, including the International Committee of the Red Cross, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Médecins du Monde, and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Faculty research at Webster Geneva focuses on security and conflict resolution, strategic studies, and human rights. They publish their own International Relations Journal.

London Research

Research activities involving the London Webster campus are coordinated under the umbrella of Regent’s University (see above). Teaching and research are facilitated by connections with Human Rights Watch, Oxfam Novib, and the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House).

Thailand Research

On our Webster campuses in Bangkok and Cha’am, research is carried out in many aspects of international relations and business.

St Louis Research and Institutes

Faculty Research in St Louis is concentrated in the Department of International Relations and in the Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies.

Other Webster Centers and Institutes that are part of the GRC network are:

  • The Center for Interdisciplinary Studies
  • The Confucius Institute
  • The Center of the Study for the Holocaust 
  • The Center for Ethics

Faculty Publications

Faculty Research publications