The Study of Local Governance: Looking Backwards and Forwards

Course code
Course fee (excl. housing)

It is with great regret that the local organizing committee decided to cancel the EUROLOC Summer School 2020 at Utrecht University. Due to the corona crisis, there are too many uncertainties to guarantee a complete programme. In close contact with the Netherlands Institute of Government, ECPR and EURA, we are right now exploring the opportunities when it can be held, instead. In the meantime, we wish you all the best in these exceptional times.

The Study of Local Governance: Looking backwards and forwards - Achievements and emerging trends in the study of local politics and administration

The 2020 edition of the EUROLOC PhD Summer School will be organized by the NIG (Netherlands Institute of Government; the Dutch-Flemish Graduate School for Public Administration and Political Science) in collaboration with the Standing Group on Local Government and Politics (ECPR) and the European Urban Research Association (EURA).

The main theme of this year’s EUROLOC Summer school is closely related to EUROLOC's 25th anniversary celebrated in 2020. On this occasion it is appropriate to look  

  • backwards and consider: what were the main developments in different subfields in the study of local governance and democracy?
  • forwards and map emerging trends in studying this subfield.

The Summer School offers a mixture of thematic and methodological lectures by prominent and promising scholars, field visits and PhD-sessions. In the latter, students will present their own research and discuss it with their peers and seniors in the field. They will also have the opportunity to consult with the lecturers on their PhD-project. This Summer School is also an excellent opportunity to build, deepen or widen networks with scholars working on similar topics in the field.

Download the day-to-day programme (PDF)

Course director

Prof. dr. Bas Denters


Confirmed lecturers are Sabine Kuhlmann, Albert Meijer, Kristof Steyvers, Rianne Dekker, Andreas Ladner, Ank Michels, Karsten Zimmermann, and Bas Denters.

Target audience

In particular PhD students of urban studies, political science and public administration doing research on local governance and politics.


Course fee:
Course + course materials + mealplan
Housing fee:

Housing through: Utrecht Summer School.


Please indicate in your short motivation letter the subject of your PhD research project and what you want to learn from taking part in the Summer School.

For this course you are required to upload the following documents when applying:

  • Motivation Letter
  • C.V.

More information

Prof. dr. S.A.H. Denters | E: | Address: Twente University, Postbus 217, 7500 AE Enschede, The Netherlands


Application deadline: 15 April 2020