United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization and European Union Chairs and Centers
Prestigious chairs established by organizations such as the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the European Union (EU) help to establish new programs, cultivate new ideas, and reinforce existing programs.
UNESCO Chairs are established by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization to encourage knowledge exchange and sharing among institutions. The projects undertaken by UNESCO Chairs cover the major action areas of UNESCO: education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, communication and information, and more.
Rutgers currently holds two UNESCO Chairs - one in coastal resources at Rutgers–New Brunswick and one in genocide prevention on our Newark campus. Rutgers is also home to an UNESCO Category 2 Center in the International Institute for Peace. In addition, Rutgers currently holds a Jean Monnet Chair in EU Politics.
UNESCO – Cousteau Ecotechnie Chair (UCEP) in Coastal Resources
Held by: Ken W. Able; Professor of Life History, Ecology, and Behavior of Fishes; Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences; School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.
Since 2004, Rutgers has held an UNESCO – Cousteau Ecotechnie Chair in Coastal Resources. The chair works to establish programs, develop workshops, and increase education and awareness of managing our coastal resources. Through the Rutgers UCEP, understanding of the processes governing variability in fish stocks will improve and result in new value added products and services with broad visible impact for the many components of the fishing industry in the U.S. and abroad.
The UNESCO Chair on Genocide Prevention builds on a tradition of genocide studies at Rutgers. Raphael Lemkin, the scholar/activist who coined the term genocide and worked tirelessly for its criminalization in international law, taught at Rutgers-Newark in the 1950s, creating a tradition of interest in genocide, conflict resolution. Other Rutgers professors subsequently undertook research and advocacy on genocide and genocide prevention. And, in 2007, Rutgers established the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights led by Executive Director Alex Hinton, professor of anthropology at Rutgers–Newark. In partnership with UNESCO, the UNESCO Chair in Genocide Prevention, launched in 2013, builds upon this academic tradition at Rutgers of grappling with genocide.
Rutgers-Newark’s International Institute for Peace operates under the umbrella of UNESCO. IIP was co-founded by Academy Award winning actor Forest Whitaker and Aldo Civico, assistant professor of anthropology and director of the institute. Launched in May 2011, the institute is working on programs and partnerships focused on issues such as increasing citizen security through strategic community building; the role of women, as well as spiritual and religious leaders, in peace-building; the impact of climate change; and the reduction of poverty.
Jean Monnet Chair in EU Politics
Held by: R. Daniel Kelemen, Professor of Political Science, School of Arts and Sciences (New Brunswick)
The European Union's Jean Monnet Chair program supports teaching positions in the field of European integration studies worldwide. R. Daniel Kelemen, professor of political science, was one of only four recipients of a Jean Monnet Chair in the United States in 2010 named by the European Commission. The award comes with a three-year grant to support a guest lecture series and a number of conferences focusing on European integration at Rutgers’ Center for European Studies.