Research team

The GLOBALMUN research team is based at the University of Glasgow. The team consists of Principal Investigator Professor Andrew Cumbers and Post-Doctoral Researchers Franziska Paul and Bethia Pearson, who are all based in the Adam Smith Business School, as well as Co-Investigator Dr Mo Hume, who is based in the School of Social and Political Sciences.

Three PhD students have joined the GLOBALMUN team in 2020. Emilia Arpini, Grace Brown, and Laura Stegemann will be researching remunicipalisation processes in Argentina, the US, and Germany respectively. More details about their work will be published in due course.

Our partners and advisory board

Our project is working with the following organisations:

Democracy Collaborative

The Democracy Collaborative is research institute based in Washington, USA, which works to carry out a vision of a new economic system where shared ownership and control creates more equitable and inclusive outcomes, fosters ecological sustainability, and promotes flourishing democratic and community life.

Instituto de Estudios de América Latina y el Caribe

The Instituto de Estudios de América Latina y el Caribe (ILEAC) is an academic research institute based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. ILEAC's areas of interest are Governance, Political Affairs, Climate Change and Environment, Economy and Sustainable Development.

Public Services International

Public Services International (PSI) is a Global Union Federation based in Ferney Voltaire, France (on the border to Geneva, Switzerland). PSI is the international voice for public services and the workers and unions which deliver them. PSI has 700 affiliates from 154 countries and represents an estimated 30 million working people across the world.

Transnational Institute

The Transnational Institute (TNI) is an international research and advocacy institute based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. TNI is committed to building a just, democratic and sustainable planet. For more than 40 years, TNI has served as a unique nexus between social movements, engaged scholars and policy makers.


The Project Advisory Board (PAB) for the GLOBALMUN project consists of ten experienced international experts in the field of remunicipalisation and public ownership:

Dr Sören Becker is Post-Doctoral Researcher at the University of Bonn, Germany.

Dr Susana Cabaco is employed as a researcher at the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI) in The Hague, The Netherlands.

Daria Cibrario is Local and Regional Government and Multinational Corporations Officer for Public Services International in Ferney Voltaire, France.

Dr Kate Derickson is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography, Environment & Society at the University of Minnesota, USA.

Dr Ana Dinerstein is Reader in the Department of Social and Policy Sciences at the University of Bath, UK.

Thomas Hanna is Research Director and Co-Director of the Research, Theory and Policy Division at the Democracy Collaborative in Washington, USA.

Satoko Kishimoto is Programme Coordinator for Public Alternatives for the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Dr Emanuele Lobina is Principal Lecturer for the Public Services International Research Unit at the University if Greenwich, UK.

Professor Peter North is Professor of Alternative Economies at the University of Liverpool, UK.

Professor Mabel Thwaites Rey is employed at the Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.