International Seminars

ReSPoS Summer School 2021 - Online edition

Research Strategies in Policy Studies (ReSPoS) Summer School 2021 - 8th edition

Comparing and Miscomparing

June 28 – July 1

In accordance with the pandemic situation, the school will be held virtually


 What is ReSPoS?

ReSPoS is a Summer School deeply focused on research methods in policy studies. With special attention devoted to methodological pluralism, ReSPoS's main task is to grant participants the opportunity to be presented with - and possibly to challenge - different research traditions, by discussing the assumptions, the advantages and the limitations underlying each method. Accordingly, ReSPoS Summer School will help participants to critically evaluate their research projects and to choose the empirical strategy that better suits their research questions.


 What will this edition be about?
The 8th edition of the ReSPoS Summer School focuses on comparing and miscomparing in policy and political studies. Indeed, participants will be offered expert insights on how comparison can support understanding, assessing, and explaining - and how it can wreak havoc on their research when done badly.

ReSPoS 2021 will take place as a virtual training program with a twofold track:

» Four Open Webinars with Q&A sessions.
To join these webinars, simply click on the links provided on the ReSpoS website.

» Four Closed Project Colloquia
Project Colloquia will be restricted to a selected audience of ten enrolled Ph.D. students and MA students willing to apply for a Ph.D. program. These Project Colloquia will allow attendees to get feedback on their research projects from the speakers. To access such sessions, please apply via the form provided in the link below (see Applications).

Thus, the ReSPoS 2021 Virtual Edition will include:

  • the presentation and critical discussion of a mix of comparative strategies for policy and political studies;
  • the opportunity to discuss your research project with well-established scholars.



» Comparing: Why and How
Dirk Berg-Schlosser, University of Marburg

» Comparing to Classify: the Set Theoretical Approach
Mario Quaranta, University of Trento

» Comparing to Assess, Evaluate and Learn: Regression Discontinuity Design
Marco Bertoni, University of Padua

» Comparing and Miscomparing in Multimethod Research
Leonce Röth, University of Cologne


● Applications

The School welcomes applications from MA students, Ph.D. students, and post-doctoral researchers. Moreover, the School welcomes applications from practitioners and researchers from private and public organizations interested in policy studies.

While the seminars (talks and Q&A sessions) will be open to anyone who is interested (e.g., MA students, Ph.D. students, post-doctoral researchers, and faculty members, practitioners) and will require only to register to the online event, the audience of the Project Colloquium closed sessions will be restricted to MA students willing to apply for a Ph.D. and enrolled Ph.D. students and selected by: 1. a short motivation letter, 2. the synopsis of their research project, 3. a form to collect general info (age, gender, citizenship, educational background, degree).

Only if you wish to participate in the Project Colloquium closed sessions, please apply here by 18th June.


● Admission & Attendance

Admissions will be communicated two weeks after the application deadline by email only by 19th June
The School will certify the attendance. Preliminary reading materials will be distributed by the School to admitted candidates in advance.


● Fees and services

Thanks to the financial support from our sponsors, the School is free of charge.


● Sponsorships

The ReSPoS School is a NASP (Network for the Advancement of Social and Political Sciences) project. It gratefully acknowledges the fundamental support from the Compagnia di San Paolo and CARIPLO Foundation.
The School has also been endorsed by the Standing Group "Political Science & Public Policy" of the SISP - Società Italiana di Scienza Politica.


● Acting director

Fedra Negri (University of Milan)


● Scientific committee

Alessia Damonte, Fedra Negri and Francesco Zucchini (University of Milan)


Coordinator of the Organizing Committee

Silvia Decadri (University of Milan)


● Further info

For any request, please contact:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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