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Summer School of the Standing Group on International Relations

Domestic politics and global governance: interests, institutions, information, and identity

1 – 5 July 2024, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow


Applications have now been extended until 16 April 2024.

Join our Standing Group on International Relations for an enriching Summer School exploring the intricate interplay between domestic politics and global governance. Get valuable insights, receive feedback on your research, and enjoy keynotes from policymakers bridging theory with real-world global politics.


Domestic politics play a significant role in shaping global governance. The interests of societal groups,  government institutions, and party politics all affect how countries participate in global governance institutions and shape their policy-making processes and substantive outcomes.

The Summer School of our Standing Group on International Relations has been supporting the careers of emerging academics for several years. It brings together a motivated group of students around contemporary issues in international relations.

Four dimensions of influence

The forthcoming edition of the event will explore how domestic politics affect global governance across four areas: interests, institutions, information and identity.


How do the interests of different societal groups, such as businesses, labour unions, and environmental groups, shape government preferences on global governance issues?


How do the institutions of government, such as the electoral system, the party system, and the bureaucracy, influence how countries participate in global governance?


How does the availability of information about global governance issues affect government decision-making?


How does national identity influence how countries view their role in global governance?

Interdisciplinary perspectives

The Summer School will bring together experts from different disciplines, including political science, international relations, and law, who will introduce various aspects of the topic and share their own experiences as world-leading scholars. You will have the opportunity to present and discuss your research and receive feedback from the instructors and peers.

Bridging research with real-life politics

Breaking new ground, this edition of the Summer School will also feature keynotes from policymakers, grounding the research into the realities of day-to-day global politics. To enhance the overall experience, a rich social programme has been curated, fostering a sense of community among like-minded scholars.

Join us for five enriching days that will deepen your understanding of global governance – submit your application by 16 April 2024! 


Who can apply

The Summer School is open to PhD students, research Masters students, and advanced Masters students from political science, international relations, public administration, or related areas.

A basic requirement is that all applicants should have completed introductory courses in political and administrative sciences or international relations at the BA level.

To apply, you must submit the following as a single PDF file, no later than 16 April 2024:

  • Your CV (2 pages), 
  • Recommendation letter by advisor (max 500 words)
  • Research paper abstract (up to 500 words)
  • Optional statement of personal circumstances (if applying for a reduced fee)

You will be informed about the outcome of your application by email no later than 10 April 2024.

Partial or incomplete applications will not be processed. Late applications will not be accepted.

Expectations of the participants

Participants are expected to present their research in the form of a research paper (6,000 to 8,000 words research paper or book chapter) and to discuss another participant’s paper.

Exceptionally, we will also accept project proposals or research plans. Students should upload their papers by 15 June 2024.

The Summer School will be delivered in English; you will therefore be expected to have a good command of written and spoken English.

Registration fees

A registration fee of €300 applies and includes coffee breaks, lunches and three evening receptions.

A link to register for the Summer School will be sent to successful applicants directly. Please note that your registration is not confirmed until your application has been accepted and your payment is received in full.


To encourage students from lower income areas to attend, successful participants can apply for a reduced registration fee of €150. To apply, please submit within your application to the Summer School a statement outlining why you feel you require the reduced fee, along with evidence that you are not in receipt of any other funding for the event.

Participants should explore all available funding options provided by their university, including scholarships, grants, and bursaries, before applying for the reduced registration fee.

Other costs

We are pleased to offer highly appealing rates for delegates that include food and drinks*, social activities, and accommodation.

The organisers have provisionally reserved accommodation at the University of Glasgow Hall of Residence for each participant. These include individual rooms with ensuite facilities and shared common areas, at a rate of £40 per night. If you wish to secure this accommodation option, please indicate your request during the Summer School application process. Alternatively, you are free to make your own arrangements.

*Breakfast is not provided


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