United Nations and Rutgers University: Global Data, Statistics and Global Policy Meeting

On Friday May 2nd, 2014 Dr. Ronald Jansen and Dr. Jean-Marc Coicaud hosted the United Nations Division of Statistics, United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS), and Rutgers University (Division of Global Affairs, School of Communication and Information, and School of Criminal Justice) for a session on Global Data, Global Statistics, and Global Policy.  Participants discussed ways in which to bring new research and methodology together with global policy in the areas of sustainability, health, poverty, education, food security, and technology.

stat7 Division of Global Affairs Director, Dr. Jean-Marc Coicaud, welcomes meeting participants
stat18 Chief of the Trade Statistics Branch of United Nations Statistics Division,Dr. Ronald Jansen, opens the session
stat11 Division of Global Affairs Ph.D. student, Sonam Tashi, presents on food security, poverty, and data

Program Participant Biographies

United Nations, DC-2 Building

Mark Aakhus

 Mark Aukhus

Mark Aakhus is Associate Professor in the School of Communication & Information at Rutgers University.  He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in Communication with an emphasis in Management Information Systems and an M.A. from the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University. Dr. Aakhus’s research focuses on human creativity in fostering collaboration and managing conflict. He investigates the role of communication in managing complex situations through close examination of language, argument, and social interaction in professional practice, organizational processes, and information systems.  His research develops the perspective that communication is a design practice and seeks to advance knowledge about augmenting human interaction and reasoning through technological and organizational interventions. Dr. Aakhus’s research appears in international publications on communication, organizations, new media and information systems, discourse, argumentation, and disputing processes.  Funding for his research has been received from the Kellogg Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Sun Micro-Systems, Rutgers Academic Excellence Fund, and Rutgers Office of the Vice President for Research. He has given keynote addresses and special invited presentations at Uppsala University, University of Montreal, University of Colorado-Boulder, University of Amsterdam, Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. George Mason University, Penn State University, and the University of Lisbon as well as the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurement. Currently, he is a founding executive committee member of the Association for Information Systems Special Interest Group on Pragmatist Information Systems Research.

Jean-Marc Coicaud


Jean-Marc Coicaud is Professor of Law and Global Affairs, and Director of the Division of Global Affairs at Rutgers University-Newark. He is a Global Ethics Fellow with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. In the spring of 2013 he served as the Roberta Buffett visiting Professor of International and Comparative Studies at Northwestern University. In February 2014 Dr. Coicaud delivered the Keynote Lecture of The Tanner Center for Nonviolent Human Rights Advocacy Annual Human Rights, Conflict Resolution, Nonviolence and Peace Conference at the University of Utah. Dr. Coicaud holds a Ph.D. in Political Science-Law from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and a Doctorat d’État in Political Theory from the Institut d’Études Politiques of Paris. He also holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in philosophy, literature and linguistics.  Prior to joining Rutgers, he served as the Director of the United Nations University (UNU) Office at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

Dr. Coicaud has published 14 books (single-authored, co-authored and co-edited) and more than 60 chapters and articles in the fields of comparative politics, political and legal theory, international relations, and international law. Dr. Coicaud has lectured extensively throughout the world, including Chile (Naval War Academy), China (Beijing University, Institute of International Law of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Tsinghua University), France (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, École Polytechnique, Institut d’Études Politiques), Hungary (Hungarian Academy of Sciences), Italy (European University Institute), Japan (Chuo University, Keio University, Waseda University), Taiwan (National Taiwan Normal University), the United Kingdom (Cambridge University, International Institute for Strategic Studies, Oxford University), and the United States (Columbia University, New York University, Princeton University, Rand Corporation, University of California at Berkeley, University of Southern California, Columbia University, U.S. War College).

Sarah Dadush


Sarah Dadush is Assistant Professor of Law at Rutgers School of Law Newark.  She graduated cum laude with a B.A. in economics and political science from Barnard College and received a J.D. and LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from Duke University School of Law.  From 2004 to 2008 she worked as an associate attorney at Allen and Overy LLP, where she specialized in international investment arbitration and banking transactions.  She then spent two years as a Fellow with the Institute for International Law and Justice at New York University School of Law, where she administered and contributed to the Institute’s research program on Financing for Development.  In 2010, Dadush moved to Rome, Italy where she served as Legal Counsel and Partnership Officer for the International Fund for Agricultural Development, a specialized agency of the United Nations. In addition, as an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, she designed and co-taught a course on the Architecture of International Development for the Rome-Based LL.M. program on the Rule of Law for Development.  Professor Dadush’s research focuses on the regulation of “social finance”.

Eric Davis


Eric Davis is Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University and past director of the University's Center for Middle Eastern Studies. His research has included the study of the relationship between state power and historical memory in modern Iraq, the political economy of Egyptian industrialization, the ideology and social bases of religious radical movements in Egypt and Israel, and the impact of oil wealth on the state and culture in Arab oil-producing countries. Dr. Davis has been appointed a fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University; the Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin; the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies, Princeton University; the Center for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture, Rutgers University; and the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis.  Dr. Davis has been appointed a Carnegie Scholar for 2007-2008 by the Carnegie Corporation of New York to conduct research for a project entitled, "Islam and the Formation of Political Identities in Post-Bacthist Iraq: Implications for a Democratic Transition." He also holds a fellowship from the American Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TAARII) and a grant from the United States Institute of Peace for 2008-2009 to study the relationship between sectarian identities and civil society building in Iraq. Dr. Davis is a member of an eight nation study, "Democracy and Development in the Arab World," being conducted under the auspices of the World Bank and the American University in Beirut.

Philippe De Lombaerde 


Philippe De Lombaerde is Associate Director of the United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) in Bruges since September 2008. He is also a Lecturer at the University of Maastricht (since 2013) and a Visiting Lecturer at the College of Europe (Bruges) (since 2005). Previously he worked as a Research Fellow at UNU-CRIS, Associate Professor of International Economics at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Bogotá), Researcher and Lecturer at the University of Antwerp and as a Researcher at the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) (Bangkok), among other appointments. Mr. De Lombaerde (PhD, RWTH) studied economics and political science at the universities of Ghent, Brussels, Antwerp and Aachen. His current research interests include: regional economic integration, international trade and investment, Latin American regional integration, EU external policy, comparative regionalism, regionalization and globalization indicators. He recently co-edited: The Regional Integration Manual. Quantitative and Qualitative Methods (Routledge, London-New York, 2011) (with R.G. Flôres, P.L. Iapadre and M. Schulz);Asymmetric Trade Negotiations (Ashgate, Farnham-Burlington, 2011) (with S. Bilal and D. Tussie); The United Nations and the Regions. Third World Report on Regional Integration (Springer, Dordrecht-New York, 2012) (with F. Baert and T. Felício); and Regionalism (Sage, London, 2013, four volumes) (with F. Söderbaum). Recent articles were published in:Journal of Policy ModelingInternational Area Studies ReviewJournal of Common Market StudiesInternational Migration Review, and the South African Journal of Economics.

Ivo Havinga


Ivo C. Havinga is Assistant Director of Economic Statistics at the United Nations Statistics Division/Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNSD/DESA) since 2003 and is overall responsible for the domains of national accounts (System of National Accounts) and environmental-economic accounts (System of Environmental–Economic Accounts) and related economic and environment statistics.  As part of the senior management team of the United Nations Statistics Division, he is closely involved in the work of the Friends of the Chair on the Broader Measures of Progress and maintains an active dialogue with national statistical systems, United Nations bodies and the policy sphere to ensure that a robust statistical measurement approach is incorporated from the outset in preparations of the post-2015 development agenda. In the area environmental economic accounting, he has been one of the lead international coordinators for the drafting and global implementation of the System of Environmental Economic Accounts (SEEA) Central Framework, SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounts and SEEA Extensions and Applications the SEEA – Water, the SEEA –Energy and the International Recommendations for Water Statistics.  In the area of national accounting and economic statistics, he has been one of the lead international coordinators for the drafting and global implementation of the 2008 System of National Accounts and related United Nations standards and guidelines on economic statistics and classifications. In this context he is working also on issues of global production and value chains, use of Big data.  In this work, he liaises extensively with European Commission, FAO, IMF, OECD, World Bank, UN system agencies such as UNEP and UNDP and developing and developed countries. As part of the coordinating role of United Nations Statistics Division for the global statistics system, he reports to the United Nations Statistical Commission, a functional commission of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations on matters related to economic statistics and environmental-economic accounting, including the contribution of their measurement frameworks for the post-2015 development agenda.

Ronald Jansen


Dr. Ronald Jansen studied Statistics and Psychology at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, where he graduated in 1984. Thereafter, he taught Statistics and did his own research at the University of Nijmegen obtaining a Ph.D. in mathematical modelling of human information processing in 1990. Ronald joined the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in June 1990 and worked mostly in the field of international trade statistics serving a few years as chief of the capacity development section. On 1 August 2010, he was appointed as Chief of the Trade Statistics Branch of UNSD, where he is responsible for the measurement of international trade and economic globalization, including tourism statistics, and manages the global statistical standards and compilation guidance in these areas. His branch maintains the UN Comtrade database (see http://comtrade.un.org) Ronald represents UNSD in a number of intergovernmental bodies on various issues in the fields of international trade and economic globalization, integrated economic statistics, integrated business and international statistics, the classification of broad economic categories, statistical business registers and tourism statistics. Recently he has been tasked with leading the Division’s work on the use of Big Data for official statistics, which is one of the main pillars in the Data Revolution for the post-2015 development agenda.

Leslie W. Kennedy


Leslie W. Kennedy is currently University Professor at Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice (SCJ) and Director of the Rutgers Center on Public Security. He was the Dean of SCJ from 1998 to 2007. He is also a core faculty member at the Rutgers Division of Global Affairs. In his most recent research, he has focused on developing Risk Terrain Modeling, a GIS based analytical program, for use by law enforcement on a national and international level in forecasting and preventing global threats. He is the author or editor of a number of books related to global risk assessment, including (with E. Van Brunschot), Risk Balance and Security; (with Y. Irvin-Erikson and A. Kennedy), Translational Criminology and Counterterrorism: Global Threats and Local Responses; and (with Y. Irvin-Erikson and J. Caplan), Global Risk Terrain Modeling.

Stefan Schweinfest

Stefan Schweinfest is the Acting Director of the United Nations Statistics Division

Lynette E. Sieger


Lynette Sieger is a Ph.D. student at Rutgers University-Newark, Division of Global Affairs.  She holds a B.A. in philosophy from Westminster College, and an M.A. from New York University, Gallatin School, with a concentration in Global Justice and Ethics, pursued through NYU School of Law and the departments of Politics and Philosophy. In 2011-2012 Ms. Sieger served as an analyst and researcher on the Meta-evaluation of Peace Operation Effectiveness and Gender Mainstreaming report for the United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services, under the Principal Investigator, Dr. Patty Chang.  She was editorial associate for The Encyclopedia of Global Justice (Springer, 2011) for which she authored and co-authored several key chapters.  Ms. Sieger’s research interests are in political and legal theory and global governance regimes.


Sonam Tashi


Sonam Tashi is a Ph.D student at Rutgers University-Newark Division of Global Affairs.  His research focuses on the African Union and investigates theoretical and practical characteristics of democracies and their applicability to the broader African context and specific countries taking into account individual dynamics.  His research incorporates both quantitative, specifically multilevel regression modeling, and qualitative research methods.  He previously worked as a sovereign risk analyst at a consultancy firm specializing in the emerging markets interacting with government officials, academics and international organizations to gauge economic and political risks.  He is well traveled having lived in and visted several countries in Central and Southern Africa.


Gregg Van Ryzin


Gregg Van Ryzin is associate professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration, at Rutgers University-Newark. He is an expert on surveys and methodology, and conducts empirical research on a range of topics, including housing and community development, citizen satisfaction with urban services, non-profit organizations, performance measurement and evaluation, and comparative public opinion about government policy and institutions.  Professor Van Ryzin is widely published in scholarly journals in public administration, policy analysis, and urban affairs and is co-author of Research Methods in Practice (Sage, 2011).  Prior to joining Rutgers University he was at the School of Public Affairs, Baruch College/The City University of New York, where he served for eight years as the faculty director of the Baruch Survey Research Unit.  Prior to becoming an academic, he had a post-doctoral professional career in evaluation and survey research in Washington, D.C.  Professor Van Ryzin received his Ph.D. in psychology from the City University of New York in 1991 and his BA in geography from Columbia University in 1985.

 Lynette E. Sieger, Ph.D. student, Division of Global Affairs

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