The Unit of Non-Traditional Diplomacy (UNTRAD) is a joint initiative of UNU-CRIS and VUB- BSoG builds upon the legacy of the EL-CSID Horizon 2020 project. It examines shifts in the practice of diplomacy, and in the process, aim to uncover new areas in which non-traditional diplomacy (NTD) may help mitigate the challenges of the 21st century. It brings together scholars and students from the VUB Brussels School of Governance, UGent and UNU-CRIS around research and training projects, together with scholars and students from all corners of the world.

UNTRAD and Science Diplomacy: During the start-up phase, the focus will mainly be upon science diplomacy and to cultural diplomacy. Paradiplomacy will also be on the radar. The Unit will be based at UNU-CRIS in Bruges, but operate as a virtual group.