About UNSA

UNSA: Dedicated to promote an interdisciplinary, UN-focused field of studies


The UN Studies Association is an informal working group of UN practitioners and academics, dedicated to promote an interdisciplinary, UN-focused field of studies: UN Studies.

Founded in 2007, at the Annual Meeting of the Academic Council on the United Nations (ACUNS) in New York City, the group has been closely working with ACUNS ever since. ACUNS is a global association of educational and research institutions, individual scholars, teachers, and practitioners active in the work and study of multilateral relations, global governance, and international cooperation.

  See our mission statement to learn more about our background, problem statement, and vision.

  See our flyer

What we do

Today, the working group consists of a small group of active participants and a wider virtual network of interested parties world-wide. Members of the working group have so far mainly communicate and collaborate via our online community UNSAnet, which will be turned into a multistakeholder global UN expert platform soon. In addition UNSA facilitates communication through our news and information services. In general, our group operates according to grassroots principles: democratically, consensus-oriented, informally and non-hierarchically.

Key acitivites include:

  • Conceptual Work and Research via meetings, seminars, and polls
  • Engaging into UN Studies-related projects
  • We have run an online community, UNSAnet, until very recently. On UNSAnet, members were able to create their own UN Studies profile, share their research and teaching material, advertise any projects and ideas, and search for partners.We are currently planning to turn this part of the website into a state-of-the-art platform to catalyze innovation and collaborative action between UN expert stakeholders from all sectors, disciplines, regions, levels. Learn more about our project and sign up if you would like to become engaged in the development process.

    Please note: our UNSAnet will become inactive over the course of time.

  • We publish the Journal of International Organization Studies (JIOS)
  • Our member services: newsletter and online meetings

Learn more about our activities.

How to engage

The working group is open to all interested parties who seek to enter into an action- and result-oriented dialogue with like-minded UN researchers and practitioners across disciplines, fields, and professions. Particularly, it welcomes all those who wish to engage themselves actively in the community, contributing their ideas, expertise and knowledge.                                                                                                                             

Read more about how to engage in our activities.

Our Partners

We usually plan and manage our projects with several partners such as national UN Associations and other NGOs, universities, and private partners (see Actvities and Events). UNSA and our work is closely affiliated to the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS).

Learn more about ACUNS.

Our By-Laws

Click here for our by-laws in German, revised version as of July 18, 2008.