The Center for the Study of Global Issues (GLOBIS) at The University of Georgia fosters educational and research activities focused on economic, political, and sociocultural change and development occurring at the global level.

As the world strides forward into the global era, changes in the international order that have been underway for centuries are nearing a crescendo. The world has finally become a “global village”–a single marketplace dominated by multinational conglomerates whose outreach penetrates the most remote human settlements. Communication technology now spans the planet and speaks to an international, multicultural audience of billions, hawking goods and services as well as ideology. Now more than ever, the people of the globe share both the benefits and the dangers of industrialization and modernization, and the most pressing political, economic, and social events and problems are now truly global.

The social theories and ideologies of the past were suited to a world that no longer exists and new future-oriented theories and conceptualizations are needed. Only by developing these theories and ideals can we begin to confront the most pressing problems of the day. The purpose of GLOBIS is to meet this need by conducting research and educational activities which examine recent global economic, political, and socio-cultural trends and the human problems associated with these trends in order to furnish a basis for forecasting the future and forming public policy.

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SPIA Welcomes New Faculty Members
SPIA Welcomes New Faculty Members

The University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs welcomes eight new faculty members this fall. To learn more about each one, keep an eye out for our Faculty

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Five SPIA Grads Named to 40 Under 40 Class of 2018
Five SPIA Grads Named to 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

SPIA is proud to announce that five alumni will be recognized this fall as recipients of the UGA Alumni Association’s 40 under 40 award. This award, given annually, recognizes successful

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2017-2018 SPIA Professors Awards and Honors
2017-2018 SPIA Professors Awards and Honors

In the 2017-2018 academic year, SPIA faculty members were awarded fifteen fellowships, awards, and honors through the University of Georgia and the University System of Georgia. Congratulations to all our

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2017 Networking Night

On April 21, 2017, the third annual SPIA Networking Night was hosted at the Holiday Inn in Athens, GA. There were over 250 alumni, faculty, students, and organizations in attendance.

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SPIA DC Reception & Program

On November 16, 2016, the School of Public and International Affairs hosted its annual reception and program for alumni and friends in Washington DC. The event’s program featured a post-election

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This is our spring at UGA

Spring arrives early here at UGA. We start wear sandals in January, shorts and t-shirts in February and you can catch us walking barefoot through the grass on North Campus

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It’s pretty quiet here… except on Saturdays

Some would say that fall is the best time of year at UGA. And they’d be 30% right. Spring and summer are great, too. Maybe it’s the smell of coffee

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GLOBIS Study Abroad Programs

Get an inside look at our programs in China, Ireland/Northern Ireland, England, Scotland, South Africa, and Italy!

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