The Global Development Institute Lecture Series and the The Mitchell Centre for Social Network Analysis are pleased to present Moira V. Faul, Université de Genève, Switzerland and Jordan Tchilingirian, University of Bath, to explore power and multi-stakeholder partnerships: the structuring of spaces between fields.
The Global Development Lecture Series brings experts involved in global development to The University of Manchester. It aims to facilitate dialogue and discussion, providing a space for leading development thinkers to share their latest research and ideas.
Increasingly complex modes of global governance now include multi-stakeholder interactions between public and private sectors, and ‘developed’ and ‘developing’ country partners.
A debate has arisen, with certain researchers arguing that this new multi-stakeholderism opens up global governance to new actors, in contrast to alternative accounts that multi-stakeholderism rather locks in the preferences of more powerful actors.
This zero-sum game conceptualisation of multi-stakeholderism is an artefact of organisational field theory’s focus on the intra-field struggle to ‘win the field’.
Moving beyond conventional field theory, the authors use Eyal's (2011) theorisation of ‘spaces between fields’ to conceptualise multi-stakeholder partnerships as inter-field spaces which are co-constructed by relations between stakeholders.
Therefore, to examine these emerging spaces, the authors used network analysis to investigate relationships between partners across ten multi-stakeholder global financing partnerships (in climate change, education, health, and nutrition).
Conceptualising multi-stakeholderism as spaces between fields explains how global partnerships can simultaneously democratise their membership and perpetuate existing privilege: more powerful actors can ‘win’ the space precisely by ceding ground. Moreover, using spaces between fields theory, we can identify and examine different – thus far overlooked - struggles, such as winning in the space or winning benefits from the space.
The lecture will be followed by a Q&A session.
This event is open to members of the public and information on the accessibility of the venue is detailed at this link: https://www.disabledgo.com/access-guide/the-university-of-manchester/roscoeth-b
Dr Moira V. Faul
Organisation: Université de Genève, Switzerland
Biography: Dr Moira Faul joined the University of Geneva’s Public-Private Partnership Center as Head of Research in August 2016. Previously, she held a Visiting Research Fellowship at the UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD, 2015-17) and successfully led a UK Research Councils-funded programme on knowledge exchange between research and policy at CSaP (University of Cambridge, 2013-15).
Dr. Jordan Soukias Tchilingirian
Biography: Dr Tchilingirian is a lecturer in Sociology at the Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath. His research lies at the intersection of the sociology of knowledge and political sociology. He uses social network analysis to study policy knowledge production and how policy research organisations intervene in political debates. My wider interests relate to the sociology of expertise, evidence and public policy; and what Gil Eyal calls the ‘spaces between fields’. He holds a PhD and BA/MA in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge and an MRes in Research Methods from the University of London.