About the Academy

Next academy will be arranged in 2021

The 2019 academy took place at Umeå University in the north of Sweden June 10-14th. During the academy junior and senior scholars met to share ideas about policy relevant research related to global challenges and local governments. The academy provides a unique setting to:


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.


Umeå University – Department of Political Science 

UCLG United Cities and Local Government 

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.

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

G. Shabbir Cheema – Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation

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

Jesse C. Ribot – Professor, Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science, School of Earth, Society and Environment, University of Illinois

Joakim Öjendal – Professor, School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg

Merilee Grindle – Professor Emerita, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Pamela Mbabazi – Professor, Mbarara University of Science & Technology, Mbarara, Uganda

Rebeca Abbers – Associate Professor Of Political Science, University Of Brasília

Benjamin O-Brien Gonzalez – Professor of Political Science, San Diego State University

Soo Ah Kwon – Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, University of Illinois

Liza Rose Cirolia – Researcher, Centre for African Cities

Crystal Tremblay – Assistant Professor and Special Advisor on Community Engaged Scholarship, Department of Geography, University of Victoria

Nina Weitz – Research Fellow within the Governance and Institutions Unit at Stockholm Environment Institute

Meritt Polk -Professor, Head of Department, School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg

Henrietta Palmer – Artistic Professor, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Urban Design and Planning, Chalmers University of Technology

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