Unlock the power of information in today's complex world

Strategic Communication And Global Information Challenges

15 – 18 April 2024



In a rapidly evolving global landscape, strategic communication has emerged as an indispensable skill to navigate the challenges posed by artificial intelligence (AI), propaganda, misinformation, and information manipulation. We are thrilled to launch our newest training initiative in collaboration with a network of leading experts, senior scholars, and policymakers from international organisations, and run the first GGI Spring School in 2024 on "Strategic Communication and Global Information Challenges."  This unique 4-day programme is designed to equip individuals and organisations with the knowledge, skills, and practical insights needed to tackle the complex issues surrounding strategic communication in the digital age.

About the Programme

The evolution of strategic communications and resulting global information challenges have transformed the conduct of international affairs.

The means of information propagation are constantly changing and expanding as technology advances in a dynamic media and communications landscape. Strategic communication has become a critical skill in a world where influence operations, ad campaigns, propaganda, public diplomacy, misinformation, bot attacks, and “fake news” are part of our daily lives, both online and offline.

Those forms of soft power have very tangible effects. At the same time, they can contribute to uncertainty and exacerbate existing social inequalities, power structures, and global challenges such as climate change. Information has become a powerful tool, which the next generation of students, analysts, teachers, and business executives must be literate in the conceptual sense as well as from a practical perspective. If data (digital information) is to be considered as “the new oil”, it is essential to harness its potential in an ethical and sustainable fashion.

For these reasons, the Global Governance Institute (GGI), together with a network of leading experts, senior scholars, and policy-makers from international organisations (such as the European Union and the Council of Europe) have teamed up to deliver this unique 4-day intensive Spring School from the political capital of Europe.

This programme brings together theoretical, policy-oriented, and practical lessons from inter-disciplinary perspectives ranging from security studies, communication studies, diplomatic studies, strategic studies, cognitive and social psychology, as well as computer science, algorithms studies, and journalism studies. Students will learn first-hand from some of the leading thinkers and experts about major information challenges and how to apply concrete policy solutions and best practices in an integrative manner.


The Spring School will be delivered in an exclusive online format from 15 to 18 April 2024, each day consisting of four training sessions of 75 minutes.

All learning activities are designed and delivered with a focus on inclusive engagement and continuous interaction among participants and speakers. The programme provides ample opportunities for exchange and peer learning, exclusive insights from officials and practitioners, and a combination of self-study and formal learning methods that will ultimately deliver an impactful experience. The programme includes four types of sessions:

Foundation Sessions
Introductory lectures about major theories and findings from research

Forward-Thinking Sessions
Discuss innovative problem-solving strategies and approaches to address evolving challenges

Experience Sessions
Lessons learned from experienced practitioners and specialists

Practical Sessions
Workshops to put into use newly acquired skills and knowledge

Learning Objectives

Understand the basic theories and practices of strategic communication studies
Understand the history and contemporary dynamics of propaganda, disinformation, and misinformation
Understand the functioning and impact of major international actors, both private and public
Explore the latest debates and research developments in the fields of communication, artificial intelligence, journalism, and digital diplomacy
Expand professional networks through close interactions with fellow specialists and leading experts
Test, develop, and apply newly acquired knowledge and skills in real-life scenarios and active simulations
Contribute to world-class debates and collective reflections on the future of the global information system

Skills Acquired

Information Resilience
Effective Communication and Strategic Planning
AI-assisted Communication
Critical Thinking
Recognising & Managing Communication Risks
Digital Media and Artificial Intelligence Literacy
Accountability and Responsibility in Communications
Building Trust with Audiences
Fostering Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Communication

Programme Highlights

Cutting-Edge Curriculum

Delve into the major theoretical perspectives in international relations, communications studies, diplomatic studies, and cognitive and social psychology. Explore historical and current challenges and debates, developing a holistic and cross-disciplinary understanding of the global information order. Gain valuable insights from leading thinkers and experts in the field, who will guide you through the latest research, innovations, and developments shaping the strategic communication landscape.

Comprehensive Analysis

Apply your knowledge to various real-world cases, spanning traditional propaganda to contemporary disinformation campaigns. Under the guidance of renowned experts, analyse and compare major actors and structures in the global information space. Examine dimensions such as domestic and foreign policies, private and public domains, and agency and structural factors, enabling you to develop a well-rounded understanding of strategic communication dynamics.

Emerging Trends and Critical Debates

Engage with cutting-edge topics that define the future of strategic communication. Explore subjects such as artificial intelligence, algorithmic amplification, hybrid threats, social networks, and evolving regulations and policies. Guided by innovative scholars and practitioners, scrutinise these latest developments from a critical perspective. Participate in vibrant debates with your peers, fostering a deeper understanding of modern challenges and helping shape the future of strategic communication.

Networking and Collaboration

Foster connections and expand your professional network by engaging in a vibrant learning community. Build valuable connections with fellow participants, lecturers, and guest speakers who share your passion for strategic communication. Embrace the chance to exchange ideas, share experiences, and establish long-lasting relationships with individuals who are shaping the future of strategic communication.

Practical Applications

Apply your knowledge in real-life scenarios through simulation games, exercises, and skills labs. Develop strategies, analyse information flows, and respond effectively to misinformation cases. Gain hands-on experience and enhance your problem-solving abilities, ensuring you are well-prepared to tackle the practical complexities of strategic communication.

Diverse Expertise

Learn from renowned scholars and practitioners who bring diverse perspectives to the programme. Immerse yourself in a intellectually stimulating environment, benefiting from the expertise of leading thinkers and experts from various disciplines including politics, law, computer science, and more. Their multidisciplinary approach will broaden your understanding, enhance your critical thinking skills, and provide you with a comprehensive understanding of global information challenges.

Who Should Attend?

This executive course is tailored for professionals, educators, analysts, policy-makers, and students who are eager to understand and navigate the complexities of strategic communication and global information challenges. Whether you work in international relations, media, diplomacy, business, or any field influenced by information dynamics, this programme provides you with the essential tools to excel in your career.


Teaching Staff

Siobhán Cummiskey is a Content Policy Director at Meta where her global team writes and interprets policies governing what content people can share on Meta’s platforms and ensures compliance with content-based regulation conforms to international standards. Prior to joining Meta in 2012, Siobhán practiced as a lawyer, including holding the position of Managing Solicitor at the Irish Traveller Movement Law Centre. She has worked in human rights law in the UK, India and Malawi and has lectured in the areas of social media regulation, human rights law and equality law. She is a qualified lawyer in Ireland and the State of New York and holds a LL.B. from the University of Dublin, Trinity College and a first class honours LL.M. in Human Rights Law from the University of Nottingham. Siobhán is an Adjunct Associate Professor in Digital Policy at University College Dublin.

Siobhán Cummiskey

Mark Scott is Chief Technology Correspondent at POLITICO, writing about the global collision of technology and politics. Prior to joining POLITICO, Mark was the European Technology Correspondent for the New York Times where he covered the Continent’s response to Silicon Valley’s tech giants, the region’s push into the digital world, and the expansion of Europe’s own technology, media and telecommunications scene. He joined the New York Times as its European finance reporter during the recent global financial crisis. Previously, he had been a London correspondent for Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and along with his current technology beat, has also covered macroeconomics, the energy and renewables industry, and climate change. He is a graduate of the University of St Andrews (International Relations & Spanish) and received an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London.

Mark Scott

Corneliu Bjola (PhD, University of Toronto) is an Associate Professor of Diplomatic Studies at the University of Oxford and the Head of the Oxford Digital Diplomacy Research Group. He is also a Faculty Fellow at the Center on Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California and a Professorial Lecturer at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. His research focuses on the impact of digital technology on the conduct of diplomacy, with a special interest in public diplomacy, international negotiations, and methods for countering digital propaganda.

Corneliu Bjola

Bence Kertesz is a Legal and Policy Officer of the European Commission in Brussels, working at the Online Platforms Directorate of DG CONNECT. His Directorate is responsible for enforcing the recently adopted Digital Services Act (DSA), and he is coordinating work related to content moderation, trusted flaggers and transparency. Before drafting and negotiating the EU’s new platform regulation, he was working on the DSM Copyright Directive. Before joining the European Commission in 2015, he worked at the BBC in London and at international law firms. He studied law and film production in Hungary.

Bence Kertesz

Sander van der Linden , is Professor of Social Psychology in Society and Director of the Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge. His research looks at how people process (mis)information, how it spreads in online networks, and what behavioral interventions we can design to counter it at-scale. He serves on the World Health Organization's (WHO) infodemic management working group and has won numerous awards for his research on human judgment, communication, and decision-making, including the Rising Star Award from the Association for Psychological Science (APS), the Sage Early Career Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), the Frank Prize in Public Interest Research from the University of Florida, and the Sir James Cameron Medal for the Public Understanding of Risk from the Royal College of Physicians.

van der Linden

Anneli Kimber Lindwall is a strategic communication professional with twenty-two years of experience in the public and international development sectors in the European Union, United Kingdom and in the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood. She has worked in Tallinn, London, Stockholm, Yerevan, Tbilisi, Chisinau, Kyiv and in Brussels for the European External Action Service. Professor Kimber is an author of two studies focusing on debunking disinformation and on improving EU communication in the Eastern Partnership countries. Currently she holds the position of campaigns manager at EU NEIGHBOURS EAST, the EU’s largest regional communication project in the Eastern Neighbourhood.

Kimber Lindwall

Claudia  Negri-Ribalta is a Ph.D. in computer science researcher and activist with formal education in computer science and political science. She holds a Ph.D. from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in requirements engineering, titled "STAP - Socio-Technical Data Protection framework for requirements with divergent mental models" under the supervision of Prof. Salinesi. Claudia is also the president of the Latin American NGO OptIA. She is a research associate at the IRiSC at the SnT, University of Luxembourg. Her research areas are data protection/privacy (broadly), computer science, requirement engineering, security (broadly), and regulatory bodies.

Claudia Negri-Ribalta

Ben O'Loughlin is Professor of International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is Director of the New Political Communication Unit, which was launched in 2007. Before joining Royal Holloway in September 2006 he was a researcher on the ESRC New Security Challenges Programme. He completed a DPhil in Politics at New College, Oxford in October 2005 under the supervision of the political theorist Elizabeth Frazer and journalist Godfrey Hodgson.Ben's expertise is in the field of international political communication. He was Specialist Adviser to the UK House of Lords Select Committee on Soft Power and UK Influence, producing the report Power and Persuasion in the Modern World(2014). The report drew extensively on O'Loughlin's work on strategic narrative and has impacted how policymakers communicate Britain's role in the world.

Ben O'Loughlin

Camila Mont’Alverne is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, at the University of Oxford. Over the last three years, she worked at the Trust in News Project, investigating drivers and impacts of media trust in Brazil, India, the UK, and the US. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the Federal University of Paraná, Brazil, where she was a researcher at the Research Group on Media, Politics, and Technology (PONTE/UFPR). Her main research interests are in the area of Political Communication, focusing on Political Journalism, Media & Elections, and Internet & Politics.

Camila Mont’Alverne

Bruce Mutsvairo is a Professor is the Department of Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. His research focuses on the development of journalism and political communication in non-Western contexts. He has written extensively on several topics related to these fields including the decolonization and de-Westernization of political communication.

Bruce Mutsvairo

Aayushi Liana Shah is a Learning Consultant, Teacher & Trainer at Leiden University’s Learning and Innovation Centre (LLInC). She previously worked at Leiden University as a Junior Lecturer in Security Studies, and as Project Officer at the Embassy of India in The Hague. She holds an M.Sc. in International Relations and Diplomacy. Aayushi has expertise in innovative and inclusive education and enjoys working on themes of serious game development and DEI (diversity, equity, inclusion). She is presently involved in leading workshops on inclusive approaches in learning experience design, teaching and communication, and is also teaching a Masters course on tackling societal inequalities at the Honours Academy of Leiden University.

Aayushi Liana Shah

Theresa Seipp (LL.M.) is a PhD candidate at the University of Amsterdam's Institute for Information Law (IViR), where she is an integral part of the AI, Media & Democracy Lab research team. Her primary focus lies in effectively regulating the opinion and political power wielded by digital platforms. To accomplish this, Theresa employs a predominantly normative legal research approach, examining the implications of increasing power concentrations within the digital media ecosystem for media pluralism and democracy. Her research interests encompass European media law and policy, fundamental rights (particularly media freedom and pluralism), and the regulation of digital platforms.

Theresa Seipp

Joachim Koops (BA, LPC Oxon, MSc Turku, PhD Kiel) is a Board Member of the Global Governance Institute and a Senior Expert in the Peace and Security and Global Education sections. He is also Professor of Security Studies and Scientific Director of the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) at Leiden University. Joachim’s research focuses on Global Security Governance, European foreign policy and diplomacy and inter-organizational relations in peace and security (including peacekeeping, peacebuilding, crisis management and the responsibility to protect) with particular emphasis on the role of the European Union, NATO and United Nations.

Joachim Koops

Sophie Vériter is a Non-Resident Fellow in the Peace and Security section. She is also a doctoral researcher at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) of Leiden University. She specializes in counter-disinformation policies. Her interests cover democracy, technology, and global governance. Sophie prioritises inter-disciplinary approaches, building on her background in law, political science, international relations, and security studies. She is fascinated by communications and passionate about empowering society. On her blog, she writes op-eds on current affairs, mental health, and academia. She holds a Master’s degree in Politics from the University of Oxford and has received prestigious scholarships including from the Europaeum and UACES.

Sophie Vériter

Karen Douglas (PhD, Australian National University) is a Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Kent in the United Kingdom. Her research focuses on the antecedents and consequences of belief in conspiracy theories. She has published widely on these topics and is currently working on a European Research Council Advanced Grant to study the consequences of conspiracy theories for individuals, groups, and societies.

Karen Douglas

Practical Information

Admissions – Applicants need to fill out the spring school application form. After submitting the form successfully, applicants will receive a confirmation email. We evaluate and accept participants to the programme on a rolling basis. An answer can be expected within maximum one week of submission. For any questions or requests, please get in touch.

Tuition fee – The course fee is €1400. The fee includes online access to all sessions (synchronously streamed and interactive), all learning materials, and a 3-month access to the digital learning platform.

Certificate – The Global Governance Institute will award a certificate to all participants who successfully complete the training programme. This can be achieved if participants attend a minimum of 70% of all sessions, actively engage in all activities and complete the assignments.

Cancellation Policy – Participants can withdraw from the programme, and receive a refund upon written notification as follows: 30 or more days before the start – full refund, 15 to 29 days before the start – 50% refund. No refund will be granted if notification of withdrawal is given fewer than 15 days before the start of the programme.