Local Democracy Academy – connecting research and practice

The ICLD Local Democracy Academy is an academic programme that brings together an international group of leading scholars, doctoral students, post-doctoral scholars, junior researchers, local policy makers and government officials for an intensive week of mutual learning, critical thinking and joint exploration of new ideas and approaches to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

The academy provides a unique setting to:

  • Connect leading scholars to share ideas and provide innovative policy recommendations.
  • Provide policy labs for researchers, leading policymakers and practitioners to discuss concrete problems experienced by local governments, and provide possible solutions.
  • Collaborate across disciplines, draw comparisons, and initiate special journal issues, joint policy briefs, edited books, and other publications.
  • Build supportive and amicable networks

Registration is now open!


The Academy is organised by ICLD (Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy) and sponsored by a grant provided by Sida (Swedish International Development cooperation Agency) to ICLD´s Knowledge Centre. The Academy has been planned with the support of the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG).

ICLD Faculty

ICLD Faculty is composed of leading researchers from different institutions around the world. They joined the Academy as session conveners, lecturers, and advisors.

Quinton Mayne  – Associate Professor, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA.

Jesse C. Ribot – Professor at the American University in Washington. He is a human geographer of environmental justice and rural wellbeing.

Annika Björkdahl – Professor, Department of Political Science, Lund University

Amalinda Savirani – Professor of Political Science at Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia.

Sten Hagberg – Professor of Cultural Anthropology and director of the Forum for African Studies at Uppsala University, Sweden 

Anders Lidström – Professor, Department of Political Science, Umeå University

James Manor – Professor Emeritus, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London

Marcus Carson – Senior Research Fellow on Resilience at the Stockholm Environmental Institute and Senior Advisory for ICLD.

Ana Maria Vargas -PhD in Sociology of Law and research director Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy