Welcome to the UN Studies Association

The UNSA is an informal working group of UN practitioners and academics, dedicated to actively create and promote an interdisciplinary, UN-focused field of studies. It was founded 2007 in New York City and is not affiliated with the UN.

The purpose of the association is to foster collaboration on UN Studies issues and related subject matters, and to raise awareness about this new field of study and action.

As a  member of our  online community we invite you to network and communicate with peers from around the world, to develop and discuss new ideas, as well as to build and share new UN-focused knowledge.


A new platform for UN experts: We are currently planning to relaunch our UNSAnet community portal and turn ito 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 has become inactive.

ACUNS 2015 Annual Meeting "The UN at 70 - Guaranteeing Security and Justice", in The Hague, June 11-13, 2015. For more information, visit the ACUNS website. Download the Call for Papers here

The fifth ACUNS Vienna conference on "UN Agencies and the Sustainable Development Goals"will took place in Vienna, January 14-15, 2015. Download the program here.

UNSA attended the 2014 ACUNS Annual Meeting "Global Governance: Engaging New Norms and Emerging Challenges" in Istanbul, June 19-21, 2014. Our presentation covered "Fostering innovation and excellence in UN Studies". Learn more about the presentation.

The Journal of International Organization Studies: The Fall 2014 issue provides important insights regarding the interface between IGO staff and the external environment, relationships between power and legitimacy and the emergence of new forms of institutionalization. Read full issue.
  Mindfulness in Peace Care - a new UNSA project! We aim to develop a mindfulness-based training for civilian personnel involved in peace and development work to foster and increase personal development and skills („emotional and social intelligence"), self-awareness, resilience, and self-management. To learn more about the project, click here.