Located in the idyllic Nordmarka, the woods north of Oslo, the GLOBE summer school in International Relations provides a unique environment for PhD students and early post-doc researchers intending to situate themselves within the discipline of International Relations. The summer school builds up from the idea to create innovative PhD network workshops with colleagues from Groningen, Lausanne, Oslo/Ås, Brussels, and Erfurt (GLOBE). The focus on recent epistemological advances in non-positivist scholarship delivers expertise through tailor-made roundtables, PhD presentations, walk & talk sessions and collective readings.

The pedagogical approach of the summer school GLOBE – International Relations is conceived as to provide the skills required to develop a critical knowledge in the field of international relations, to complement the existing offer in PhD training, to strengthen an early integration of PhD students into an international scientific community, and to promote exchanges and confrontations of ideas with peers of all standings.

DescriptionThemeSpeakersTarget audienceLearning objectivesProgrammePreparation and ECTSVenue and FeesApplication
23-27 May, 2022
Oslo, Norway
For whom?
Early and advanced PhD students, Postdoctoral researchers
How much?

This year, the overall theme is on “IR between global order and micro-practices”. Tailor-made roundtables are organized so as to explore how to balance binaries such as the universal/particular or global/local and tackle fundamental questions related to issues of knowledge production and power, 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 international relations. While the roundtables are organized 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.

Local organizer:

  • Katharina Glaab, Associate Professor in Global Change and International Relations, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NO)


  • Katharina Glaab, Associate Professor in Global Change and International Relations, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) (NO)
  • Kirsti Stuvøy, Associate Professor of International Relations, NMBU (NO)
  • Jean-Christophe Graz, Professor of International Relations, University of Lausanne (CH)
  • Oliver Kessler, Professor of International Relations, University of Erfurt (DE)
  • Isaline Bergamaschi, Professor of International Relations, Université Libre de Bruxelles (BE)
  • Luis Lobo-Guerrero, Professor of History and Theory of International Relations, University of Groningen (NL)
  • Charlie Dannreuther, Lecturer in European political economy, University of Leeds (UK) (tbc)

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

At the end of the 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.

The tentative programme will soon be published

In advance of the course, participants must:

  1. Read the course curriculum
  2. Prepare an individual course essay
  3. Read and prepare comments to the individual course essays of group members

After the course:

  1. Submit a written reflection of the course discussions and how this has informed the own project

Upon completion of all course activities, participants will be awarded 5 ECTS credits and a course certificate.

The summer school takes place at studenterhytta. The lodge is situated in Nordmarka, the woods North of Oslo. The lodge can be reached by foot and participants of the course can walk together to from the subway stop ‘Frognerseteren’ in Oslo.

The fees for the summer school are TBC. This will include accommodation and full board at the lodge. Participants from Erasmus partner institutions can seek Erasmus funding at their local institutions to take part in the course.

Interested students should upload the following via the application form:

  1. Confirmation of PhD status at your home university (if applicable)
  2. Brief CV
  3. Motivation letter for participating in this course (max. 500 words)
  4. An abstract of your thesis and an abstract of the paper/chapter you plan to present at the summer school

Application deadline: TBC

Successful applicants will be contacted by TBC

The course paper should be submitted two weeks before the course commences.

Registration is open