ECPR/EURA Summer School

Organized jointly by the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), the European Urban Research Association (EURA), and the Institute of Local Government and Law (IDL), Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM).

The Standing Group on Local Government and Politics (ECPR) and the European Urban Research Association (EURA) are happy to announce one more year their endorsement to this year’s Summer School organized by the Institute of Local Government and Law, Autonomous University of Madrid.  This Summer School is one of the long-lasting series of summer courses for PhD-students interested in local government and politics issues. It gives an opportunity to develop a further understanding of comparative local government studies and to discuss PhD-related research with an experienced international faculty of different disciplines. The Summer School is also an excellent opportunity to build, deepen or widen networks with scholars working on similar topics in the field.

This Summer School aims at attracting PhD students from different subfields and methodological approaches in local studies and discuss their projects with peers and scholars participating in the Summer School.  The academic program includes:  1) lectures of prominent scholars to discuss their work on issues related to this year topic “Rural and Urban in Local Government”, 2) Methodological sessions and 3) sessions where the PhD-candidates will have the opportunity to present and discuss their own work in progress and get feedback from peers and senior scholars.

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The 2022 edition will be held in Madrid under the topic of “Rural and Urban in Local Government and Politics”. The global phenomenon of urbanisation, on the one hand, and depopulation of rural areas on the other bring along a wide variety of challenges to local governments referred not only to the local responsibilities and public services that big and small municipalities are able to decide on and implement, but also to key issues such as financial arrangements, political structures, intergovernmental relations, policy agendas or citizens’ participation in local decision-making.

Practical Information

Date: 28 June – 2 July 2022.

Venue: La Cristalera, Miraflores de la Sierra, Madrid, Spain.

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La Cristalera is the UAM complex in Miraflores de la Sierra, a beautiful village located in the north of Madrid.


  • Two classrooms with capacity for up to 25 people.
  • One classroom with capacity for up to 70 people.
  • One outdoor classroom for up to 90 people.
  • Ensuite rooms with capacity for up to 60 people.
  • Dining room with capacity for up to 100 people.
  • Two terraces.
  • Swimming pool.

Local Committee

Prof. Carmen Navarro

Deputy Director at the Institute of Local Government and Law and Professor at the Department of Political Science, Autonomous University of Madrid.

If you have any questions, please contact Carmen Navarro.


The Summer School will last 3.5 days. Each day’s program will include 2-3 lectures and PhD students’ presentations evenly distributed.

Do Rural and Urban Local Governments Differ? The Case of Territorial Restructuring

Prof. Pawel Swianievicz (University of Warsaw)

Governance Trends in Metropolitan Areas

Prof. Mariona Tomàs (University of Barcelona)

Local State-Society Networks in Europe

Prof. Filipe Teles (University of Aveiro)

Rural Development in Europe. The Role of Local Action Groups

Prof. Carmen Navarro (Autonomous University of Madrid)

Innovating in Rural and Urban Municipalities

Prof. Nikolaos Hlepas (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)

Doing Comparative Research on Local Politics. Between Inertia and Innovation

Prof. Kristof Steyvers (University of Ghent)

Institutional Analysis. Research Design and Strategies for the Analysis of Local Institutions

Prof. Esther Pano (Fundació Pi i Sunyer of Regional and Local Studies)

* The Summer School final programme will soon be announced.

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