Previous Academies

Here you can download publications and programmes from previous academies.


Download the Proceedings of the Academy (includes the book of abstracts).


Download the Proceedings of the Academy (PDF)

Download Book of Abstracts


The programme

Download the 2019 Program (PDF)

Download the Brochure (PDF)

Download the Invitation (PDF)

Blog posts from the academy

Gender equality does not fall from the sky By Mawa Karambiri, Doctoral candidate, Department of Forest Sciences, University of Helsinki

How to get citizens more engaged in Local Politics? By Rebecca Abers, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Brasília, attending the academy and had lectures under the thematic stream: “Social accountability and alternative forms of participation in local democracy” .

Can we address Global Challenges with urban Creativity and Inclusive Cities? By Liza Cirolia, Researcher,Centre for African Cities, attending the academy and had  lectures under the thematic stream “Urban creativity and inclusive cities”.

Local Governments: between multiculturalism and ethnic nationalism By Benjamin Gonzalez O’Brien, Professor of Political Science, San Diego State University, attending the academy and had lectures on  the theme of “Global migration: rebel cities and communities in search of inclusion”.

Five ingredients for innovative academic conferences that can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals By Ana Maria Vargas, Research director ICLD and responsible for the Local Democracy Academy


See Juan Trivino – Post-doctoral fellow, Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals – talking about his experience of the academy.

See Monika Månsson – Project Manager, Environment Department, City of Malmö, Sweden – talking about her experience participating in the policy labs at the academy

See Jesse Ribot – Professor, School of International Service, American University in Washington – talking about bringing together research with policy and practice.

See Merilee Grindle – Professor Emerita, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University – talking about making change happen.

The ICLD Local Democracy Academy in Umeå 2019