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Summer School Activities

Since autumn 2012 EUROLOC and EURA have joined their forces and now organize their common annual Summer School in Local Government and Governance Studies.

The EUROLOC and EURA Summer School welcomes Ph.D. students in the field of local government and governance studies (social sciences, political science, public administration, urban studies, geography) from all over Europe .

The EUROLOC and EURA Summer School
  • supports Ph.D. students in their research activities by giving them the opportunity to present and discuss their work with others and inspire their research,

  • brings students up-to-date with ongoing research in the field of local government and governance,

  • develops links between Ph.D. students and experienced researchers in the field of local government and governance studies who work with the same kind of research questions,

  • allows for a significant cultural, social and scientific exchange among students of different backgrounds, and foster cross-national working relations among the participants,

  • contributes to the development of the comparative study of local politics and administration,

  • discusses methodological questions of comparative local research (either nationally or internationally, either quantitatively or qualitatively).

The EUROLOC and EURA Summer School in Local Government and Governance Studies is held every year. The location varies each year (see previous summer schools). The Summer School’s duration is about one week to 10 days.

The local organizers (professors, researchers, departments) are supported by the Steering Committee and the Advisory Board. The local organizer selects a broad theme to be open for as many applicants as possible. The “comparative perspective” is highlighted resulting from the international team of students and lecturers at the Summer School.

All Summer Schools should consist of

  • substantive key note lectures related to the general theme chosen

  • presentations by all PhD students of a preliminary version of their research proposal and/or a paper about the first results

  • activities stimulating PhD students to reflect on the validity and reliability of the research methods they have chosen

  • activities to stimulate students to reflect the comparative pro’s of local government and governance studies