Local Democracy Academy Umeå Sweden June 10 – 14 2019

The academy is organised around interactive and participatory sessions. Participants are expected to contribute, read, write and actively engage in different sessions. All sessions should have a gender, sustainability and human rights perspective. The academy is divided into the following sessions:

  • Thematic streams: for in-depth discussions on cross-cutting issues. 
  • Training on participatory methods: story-telling, and participatory video.
  • Writing workshops: for junior and senior scholars to discuss ongoing research and research projects in small groups with the possibility to receive and provide feedback. 
  • From science to policy workshop: to brainstorm policy recommendations based on your own research. Scholars are expected to produce short policy briefs for local politicians. 
  • Local Policy Labs: to discuss real life problems experienced by local governments and to brainstorm ideas for further research.
  • Reading sessions: to critically discuss established and new texts in the field of local democracy.

The 2019 Theme is Global Challenges and Local Governments: Toward Transformative Policy and Practice.

We encourage participation from researchers interested in the role of cities and local governments in development to apply. 

Priority will be given to researchers conducting research in municipalities in low- and middle-income countries. We encourage applications from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, China, Georgia, Indonesia, Kenya, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Mozambique, Namibia, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Researchers conducting research on local governments in other parts of the world are also welcomed to apply.

Apply before 31 March 2019 

More information and how to apply