Located in a historical resort of the Swiss Alps, the GLOBE winter school in International Relations provides a unique environment for PhD students intending to situate themselves within the IR discipline. GLOBE PhD school builds up from the idea to create innovative PhD network workshops with colleagues from Groningen, Lausanne, Oslo, and Erfurt (GLOBE). Our focus on recent epistemological advances in non-positivist scholarship delivers expertise through tailor-made roundtables, PhD presentations, walk & talk sessions and collective readings.

DescriptionSpeakersTarget audienceLearning objectivesProgrammeFeesApplicationAccommodation
Institute of Political Studies Faculty of Social and Political Sciences
24 – 28 February, 2020
Leysin, Switzerland
For whom?
Early and advanced PhD students, Postdoctoral researchers
How much?
PhD students: CHF 400.- Postdoctoral students: CHF 450.-
3.5 ECTS
For more information on the work required to receive accreditation go to “Learning objectives”
Programme director and University of Lausanne speakers

  • Prof. Jean-Christophe Graz, Professor for International Relations, SSP/IEP/CRHIM
  • Lucile Maertens, Maître-assistante, SSP/IEP/CRHIM

External speakers

  • Oliver Kessler, Professor for International Relations, University of Erfurt (DE)
  • Luis Lobo-Guerrero, Professor of History and Theory of International Relations, University of Groningen (NL)
  • Isaline Bergamaschi, Professor of International Relations, Université Libre de Bruxelles (BE)
  • Katharina Glaab, Professor in Global Change and International Relations, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NO)
  • Dr Charlie Dannreuther, Lecturer in European political economy, University of Leeds (UK)

Early and advanced PhD students, as well as Postdoctoral researchers in international relations, political science and closely related fields

At the end of course, students will be able:
  • To use feed-back received from peer junior and senior researchers to further develop their own research project;
  • to develop a reflexive and critical knowledge of the field of international relations;
  • to strengthen their early integration into the international scientific community;
  • to promote exchanges and confrontations of ideas with peers of all standings.


To obtain the 3.5 credits, students must:

  • Submit an abstract of their thesis during the application process;
  • Prepare a 5-8’000 words paper/chapter, to be presented at the Winter school;
  • Write a 1’500 words reflexive essay after the Winter school;
  • Be present during the entire programme;
  • Read and prepare the compulsory readings prior to and during the Winter school.
This year, the overall theme is on “Risk, crises and uncertain futures”. Tailor-made roundtables are organised so as to explore and tackle fundamental questions related to new objects of enquiry likely to link issues of knowledge, power, and time in domains as diverse as the environment, security, finance, or development. This is a unique opportunity for PhD students and early post-doc researchers to engage with various facets of the epistemological foundations of the international relations in more than ever uncertain times. While the roundtables are organised around this theme with readings suggested by speakers, the breakout sessions of PhD/post-doc presentations are conceived as an open space to share ideas and receive feed-back on projects that don’t need to match these themes.

PhD students fees: CHF 400.-

Postdoctoral students fees: CHF 450.-

  • Tuition fees
  • 4 nights in shared room in the Villa La Joux
  • Full board from Monday’s lunch through Friday’s lunch
  • 1 daily pass for the cable car at Leysin (ski slopes, panoramic restaurant)
We are now accepting applications.

It can be done online and should include:

  1. A CV, with your academic records
  2. A motivation letter
  3. An abstract of your thesis and an abstract of the paper/chapter you plan to present at the winter school. (submitted as one document)


When your application is complete, you will be asked to mark the “complete” checkbox, under the “Course registration” section.

The winter school takes place in the Villa La Joux, in Leysin, in the Swiss Alps. The Chalet is situated within walking distance from the last train stop called “Gare du Grand Hotel”, of the Aigle-Leysin train.

The fees for the winter school includes the four full board nights. Bed linen are included but you are asked to take towels as well as indoor shoes with you.

Check in: February 24th, 10am
Check out: February 28th, 2pm

Registration is open until 15 December 2019