About the Project
- Project Aim
TANNRE asks how inter-institutional arrangements manage norm conflicts and, thus, influence the development and content-related design of the norm of sustainability.
In 2015, the UN adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a part of the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The issue of food connects all of the SDGs. Goal 2 aims for the end of hunger, the achievement of food security and sustainable agriculture. However, goal attainment is hampered by fundamental norm conflicts, e.g. between sustainability and food security. The research project proposes a theoretical concept to analyze norm contestation and management in the global regime complex for food. It connects critical IR norm theory with regime complex studies to systematically assess norm conflicts within regime complexes. The theoretical concept differentiates norm contestation at the micro-level of core institutions of the regime complex (FAO, UNEP, WHO, WTO) and the macro-level of inter-institutional arrangements (e.g., the Codex Alimentarius Commission, the Sustainable Rice Platform, and the Sustainability Assessment of Food and Agriculture Systems).
TANNRE applies a qualitative case study design based on the analysis of central documents from the selected international organizations and inter-institutional arrangements in the global regime complex for food. The project also conducts a series of interviews with experts from the selected case studies as well as with other relevant actors such as national governments, transnational corporations and NGOs. The project aims to provide a systematic and comparative analysis of the selected case studies.