The SGIR Summer School 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden




Deadline:  24 April 2017
Open to: PhD students, recent PhDs and research Master students
Venue: 7-14 June 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden


The Standing Group on International Relations (SGIR) of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) hosts annual summer schools, with Stockholm University being host in June 2017.

The annual summer school will bring top scholars of international relations, recent PhDs, and PhD students together for a one-week intensive seminar series on core aspects of international relations (IR) research. The theme of the SGIR Summer School 2017 is ‘Legitimacy and effectiveness in regional and global governance’. 

Coping with the challenges of trans-boundary policy challenges is a topical issue of the current global agenda and the object of a vivid debate among scholars. Global crises with regard to climate change, food, health, finance, or the economy have sparked debates about the role of legitimacy and effectiveness in adequately and rapidly responding to regional and global policy challenges. Students will hone their understanding of the main theoretical and methodological approaches to legitimacy and effectiveness in global governance, and the consequences for domestic, regional, and global politics. They will have an opportunity to present their own research projects in an attempt to provide a critical understanding of the role of legitimacy and effectiveness for various aspects of domestic, regional, and global politics. The summer school is organized by the Graduate School on International Studies, the Department of Economic History, and the Department of Political Science at Stockholm University. The summer school will have guest lecturers present research in the morning on a topic related to the theme of legitimacy and effectiveness, with afternoons dedicated to the presentation of methods as well as students’ research in a seminar format.

Students attending the summer school will receive 7.5 ECTS credits.


  • The summer school is open to PhD students, research master students and advanced master students from political science, international relations, public administration or related areas;
  • A basic requirement is that all applicants should have completed introductory courses in political and administrative sciences or international relations at the BA-level;
  • Participants are expected to present their own research in the form of a research paper (6,000 to 8,000 words research paper or book chapter), and to discuss another participant’s paper.


Package 1: EUR 250 (inclusive of tuition);

Package 2: EUR 700 (inclusive of tuition and accommodation).

How to apply?

All material should be sent to by April 24, 2017.

Required application materials:

  • CV;
  • Recommendation letter by advisor;
  • Research paper abstract (up to 500 words).

For more information please visit the official web page.




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