summer school for ph.d. candidates and postdoctoral researchers

july 2012 university of luxembourg

Consortium for Comparative Research on Regional Integration and

Social Cohesion(RISC)/United Nations University Center for

Comparative Regional Integration Studies (CRIS)

Summer School and Research Symposium:

Analyzing Regional Social Cohesion:

Theoretical and Methodological Training for Advanced Research

2-7 July 2012, University of Luxembourg


The RISC/CRIS summer school provides training for Ph.D. candidates, postdoctoral

researchers and research-oriented practitioners, on theoretical and methodological aspects of research related to social cohesion. Moreover, because cohesion is an emerging topic in regional integration debates, the summer school explicitly frames discussions in regional terms. At the end of the school, participants should have acquired:


1) an overview of present debates surrounding social cohesion strategies in different

world regions;

2) methodological skills aimed at cross-regional, comparative analyses of social

cohesion issues;

3) insight into present and potential future relationships between social cohesion and

regional integration;

4) comprehension of the practical implications of social cohesion discussions

through interaction with practitioners


The school will be organized around keynote lectures given by leading scholars from

different world regions in the mornings. In the afternoons, students will present their own research during conference sessions. The school includes a field trip to the European Investment Bank.