Policy & Research
We focus our policy work and research on internet governance, digital policy, and diplomacy. Most of our work happens at the intersection of ‘digital’ and diplomacy. The three areas of focus are:
- ‘Digital’ as a topic on the diplomatic agenda
- ‘Digital’ as a tool for diplomatic practice, and
- ‘Digital’ as impacting the geostrategic environment in which diplomacy is practised.
The main aim of our work is to inform practitioners. Both the content and the way we present our work is focused on supporting practitioners in a way that allows them to ask the right kinds of questions and to make well-informed decisions. We need to develop:
- Careful synthesising: We synthesise complex academic debates and carefully select the most relevant academic concepts and theoretical approaches.
- Collaborating and co-creating: We make sure our research is informed by the experience of practitioners and builds on in-depth dialogues with those at the forefront of diplomatic practice.
- Informing practices: Increasing the knowledge base on internet governance, digital policy, and diplomacy is important. But we do not engage in research for the sake of research. Everything we do is guided by practical relevance and the value it brings to our key stakeholders.
- Narrowing the digital divide: We put the needs and perspective of diplomats and other stakeholders from the global South centre stage.