Welcome to the Academic Advisory Council!


In light of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the VSS AAC inception meeting that has been scheduled on the 29th of April will need to be postponed in accordance to the warning advises from the UN management and the Swiss Federal Council. The AAC Inception meeting will be postponed to the 25th June 2020 (Thursday), with the hopes that the situation will normalize by then.  

Next Session

AAC Inception Meeting (By Invitation only)
29 April 2020 – postponed to 25 June 2020
Palais des Nations, Room IV, Building C
Geneva, Switzerland
Programme Agenda
Practical Information
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The Academic Advisory Council (AAC) is designed to pursue the following scientific objective: understand the effectiveness of VSS and the determinants of effectiveness. Currently, different disciplines approach questions related to the effectiveness of VSS from different theoretical perspectives and focus on different dimensions of effectiveness. The AAC’s objective is to bring these different perspectives into one overarching network on the effectiveness of VSS, thus contributing to a comprehensive understanding of VSS effectiveness.

The complementarities between the partners involved in the VSS Academic Advisory Council are two-fold. First, the VSS Academic Advisory Council will bring together an international mix of experts from a wide variety of academic backgrounds, ranging from public international law, over international political economy, economics and public management, to human rights and sustainability studies. This type of multi-disciplinary approach not only reflects the implicit acknowledgement of the complexity and multi-faceted nature of analysing VSS effectiveness and the challenges associated therewith. It also offers researchers from different thematic and methodological schools a chance to collaborate with, and learn from, one another. Such collaboration in turn, allows the academics involved to create a more comprehensive understanding, a fuller picture, of their research topics.

Second, the VSS Academic Advisory Council will have direct involvement in the work of the UNFSS, spread across different regions of the world. This allows for a unique interaction between researchers and practitioners. On the one hand, it allows UNFSS officials to benefit from cutting-edge academic thinking and innovate data-gathering exercises and research projects. On the other hand, collaboration with the UNFSS gives academics access to the expertise and day-to-day experiences of practitioners involved in the different aspects of working on a daily basis with VSS.