Introduction

As part of Universitas Indonesia, the School of Strategic and Global Studies (SSGS) contributes to building the nation’s civilization and producing excellent and competitive human resources globally. Through multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary scientific approaches, the SSGS is a leading graduate school to respond to strategic and global challenges for better community life and the environment well. The SSGS carries out the research and publication development as part of the three pillars of Higher Education to advance the identity of the Postgraduate School and Research Campus.

SSGS develops research centers, research laboratories, and publication platforms to intensify the research and publication agenda. There were areas of substantial research clusters formed to accommodate the actions. These clusters include Innovations, Technology, and Social Change; Food, water, and energy; Religion, Politics, Peace and Conflict; Defense and Security; Settlement and Infrastructure; Disaster, Mitigation & Adaptation; the Trade, Investment, Employment, Finance and Banking; and the Health, and Social and Human Development. These research clusters generally discuss environmental, social, humanities, and resilience aspects that will, in an integrated manner, answer current strategic and global challenges.

SSGS has a high mission and vision to increasing research productivity and internationally recognized quality publications. Through various research and publication agendas, SKSG opens great opportunities for collaboration at the national and international levels for academics, researchers, students, practitioners, and institutions. Thus, SSGS with its’ commitment to establishing itself as an internationally leading graduate school aims to respond to the strategic and global challenges.

  • Multilateralism and Migration
Dr.Polit.Sc. Henny Saptatia D.N., B.Lit.,M.A.
The global pandemic COVID-19 remind us of the world fragility, but at the same time, the importance of the international solidarity. The world struggles to fight global pandemic and mitigate its impact on lives and livehoods. National responses are vital, but it is clear that international cooperation is the only effective way to win the battle. Multilateralism will be the best strategy and weapon to fight, and to defense against current global threats. At the international level, it leaves no doubt that global community must revive cooperation and view closer on multilateralism, and making them more efficient and coherent for the purposes. World needs more effective framework to prevent, detect, and respond to diseases and pandemics, rooted in reformed, reinforced institutions and new mechanisms designed to prevent the future global threats. It is urgent to establish the potential of international platforms and organizations to contribute to the global health system. Multilateral institutions need to help marshal the necessary political will, to mobilize resources toward health-care reform, establish the analytical firepower to distill best health policies and practices, provide a model of preparedness and crisis management that other region might involve in the joint action. It is urgent for multilateral institutions and organizations to have an advance common health approach that brings together the environmental, political, economic, social and security dimensions of public health. A global health framework must cover the chain of public-health interventions, from scientific research and early warning to policy design, formulation, implementation, and evaluation. However, multilateralism on health issues should be extended to related global threats that world have failed to address effectively, such as: environmental issues, international migration, poverty and the rising of inequality, armed conflicts, security and defence, terrorism, and more. Although these challenges may seem less urgent during the period of global pandemics COVID-19, world believes that the threats they pose to the globe persist, and these challenges will remain in the post pandemic era.

The following are the topics of discussion within the research cluster :
– European and Eurasian multilateralism
– The Americas multilateralism
– Asian and Pacific multilateralism
– African and Islamic countries multilateralism
– Multilateralism agendas on global public health
– Multilateralism and global threats on armed conflict, defence, security, and terrorism
– Multilateralism and the issues of international migration
– Global poverty and the rising of inequality in the pandemic and post-pandemic era
– Multilateralism and global economic, financing of investments and social development.

  • Research Clusters: Innovations, Technology and Social Change
Dr. Lin Yola
The rapid economic growth indicates the positive movement of human wellbeing. The transformation of technology and innovation are inseparable from this movement. The exploration of technology and innovation elevates the efficiency of the process, system, production, and decision making. It does not only mitigate the risk and impacts but also offers the affectivity of comprehensive cycles.  Meanwhile, the tension between economic growth and social change is a real threat to the fast global development. Social values and norms, society issues, community engagement, and the public realm are among the focus area of social change concerns. Most of the time, technology innovation bridges the gap to social development. This research cluster aims to elaborate on the following topics (not limited to) scientifically; technology innovation, spatial and social mapping or modeling, digital & ICT application, big data and analysis, social modeling, social innovation and development, social change management, and society’s cultural fabric.
  • Research Clusters: Religion, Politic, Peace, and conflict

Dr. Mulawarwan Hannase
In modern life, religion plays an intricate role in the conflict; it serves as an inspiration for violence and also as a tool for achieving peace. This research cluster intends to examine the roots of religiously and politically based violence and the potential of religious groups working for peace. The importance of conducting research and dialogue on religion and peace becomes very clear when the conflict of identity in various world regions, including the Middle East, North America, Southeast Asia, and others, continue to increase over time. In globalization, demographic migration raises more significant security concerns and can trigger violence and acts of terrorism everywhere. This cluster takes a global, comparative and multidisciplinary approach to the study of peace/religious conflict to foster a greater understanding of how religious and spiritual aspects can respond constructively and dynamically to these significant issues, including politic, ethnic-religious conflict, and intercultural, civil and international war.
  • Research Clusters: Defense and Security

Syahroni Rofi’I, Ph.D
The defense and security sector emerged as an effort to bring about peace and prevent war. The shift in the global order caused a blurring of the boundaries between war and peace. Defense and security discourse at the national and international levels in the past three decades has been marked by challenges to human security and state security threats. The world has also witnessed a shift in defense and security actors where in the past, it was dominated by state actors, but more recently, non-state actors played an important role. Geographical location also has the characteristics of each threat model. This research cluster aims to elaborate on the following topics (not limited to) scientifically; traditional war and modern warfare, human security, national stability, national resilience, and global threats. Through in-depth studies are expected to produce policy recommendations of defense and security for government and stakeholders at both national and international levels.
  • Research Clusters: Settlement, Infrastructure, and Facilities

Dr. Lita Sari Barus
Since human civilization shifted from nomadic to a sedentary form of life, the settlement becomes a space for humans to carry. Settlement continues to develop from time to time, along with increasing population and increasingly complex needs. Especially in this 21st century, urbanization has taken place significantly, causing challenges to human settlement needs. Infrastructure and facilities as physical elements forming settlements are also faced with challenges to meet human needs in settling. The limited carrying capacity of the environment requires developing sustainable settlements, facilities, and infrastructure. This research cluster aims to elaborate on the following topics (not limited to) scientifically; urban and rural settlement, sustainable settlement, urban environmental management, urban housing and poverty, settlement consolidation, social inclusion in urban space,  urban infrastructure network, efficient facilities and green infrastructure, and public facilities and infrastructure. These studies can provide recommendations in settlement development policies and physical aspects such as infrastructure and facilities.
  • Research Clusters: Disaster, Mitigation & Adaptation

Dr. Basir S.
Natural disasters such as tsunamis, volcano eruption, earthquakes, floods, droughts, hurricanes, landslides, and human-made disasters such as pandemic diseases, pollution, deforestation threaten human life processes. Threats experienced by humans include various aspects; such as health, economic, social, and environment. These threats can be minimized through efforts to reduce the risk of loss of life and property, and the adjustment of natural and human systems to disasters. The development of increasingly modern human life gave rise to diverse and complex types of disasters and needed suitable disaster mitigation and adaptation agenda. This research cluster elaborates on the following topics (not limited to) scientifically; management of disaster, multi-risk disaster and resilience, disaster mitigation and adaptation agenda, disaster and community empowerment, and public policy on the disaster. This research cluster focuses on identifying disaster developments over time and recommending disaster mitigation and adaptation policies as solutions to human health, economic, social, and environmental impacts.
  • Research Clusters: Trade, Investment, Employment, Finance and Banking

Dr. Nur Fatwa
Recession threatens the global economy because of the disruption of trade and investment circulation. Every business actor is obliged to make a paradigm shift in running a business. The thing to note is the fulfillment of community needs, industry needs, and scientific needs. The process of trade and investment must not be done traditionally and must involve technological elements. Digitalization, innovation, and creativity will encourage business people to be optimistic in increasing the demand and supply of goods and services. Changes in the economic system can be through increased human resource capabilities, the courage of system changes, creative approaches to achieve economic development, and the financial sector’s success. This cluster aims to encourage critical thinking based on the academic analysis in analyzing and designing complex problem-solving. Research topics (not limited to) are; global trade, investment, and capital markets, free trade zone, Business financing innovation, financial institutions, and labor and employment.
  • Research Clusters: Health, Social and Human Development

Dr. Renny Nurhasana
Health is a fundamental aspect of human life. The fulfillment of health needs affects the development of human and social development. The research cluster focuses on the multidisciplinary context of health, social and human development regarding urban areas, the environment, gender, national resilience, extremism, and terrorism. This cluster focuses on reviewing current issues relating to public health in general, national health insurance programs, urban health, environmental health, tobacco control, and other problems related to health and gender, resilience, extremism, and terrorism. This research cluster also aims to elaborate; social assistance, social security, changes in behavior and culture, education, labor, and other social and development issues in a social context. Finally, this research cluster also discusses and consults about human development, not only individuals but also community-based studies and indigenous peoples. In-depth, comprehensive, and integrated research can contribute to health policies, for social and human development sectors nationally and internationally.