What UIA Does for Academics and Researchers

The work of the UIA is of particular interest to academic researchers in a wide range of disciplines including:

  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • International Relations
  • Peace Studies

The UIA works with universities and research institutes around the world and frequently assists graduate and post-graduate students with their research and data needs.

Some examples of recent research utilizing UIA data:

Project Name: International Civil Society and Perspectives on Terrorism and Conflict

Researcher Name: Charlie Carter, PhD Candidate at the London School of Economics and Political Science’s Department of International Relations

Brief description: This quantitative research project studies the views of international civil society on the challenges presented by contemporary counterterrorism and conflict resolution efforts. It relies upon the Union of International Associations’ “Yearbook of International Organizations” dataset to identify relevant organizations, the legal or organic ties that exist between them, and their characteristics. This data enables a hitherto unfeasible study of the views that underpin international efforts to reduce the incidence of terrorism or otherwise illegitimate exercises of political violence.

Project Name: New and Enduring Challenges to Global Environmentalism

Researcher Name: David John Frank, Julia C. Lerch, & Evan Schofer; Department of Sociology, University of California, Irvines

Brief description: This project analyzes cross-national and longitudinal data on environmental outcomes and environmental institutions. Our goal is to discern the social forces that support and undermine global environmentalism. We use several variables from the Yearbook of International Organizations, to measure country ties to and the global strength of (1) liberal world society, (2) illiberal world society, and (3) resource extraction. The data help us understand both new and enduring challenges to global environmentalism.

For more information, please contact: clara@uia.org