Spring & Summer Schools

ReSPoS Summer School 2013




Summer School
Research Strategies in Policy Studies (ResPoS)
Turin, June 5-7 • Milan, June 17-19 2013

In scientific inquiry, when accounting for some relevant phenomena, it is the way evidences are collected and organized that decides whether hypotheses and theories can be held true. The point is especially relevant in policy studies, where the results of analyses often base prescriptions to policy-makers.

This Summer School offers students and young analysts an overview of research strategies relevant to policy studies, with the aim of strengthening their analytic tool-box while increasing their awareness of differences in causal assumptions and designs.



The School is organized in two different cycles, the first in Turin (Centro Einaudi) and the second in Milan (Graduate School in Social and Politiacl Sciences)


The Turin cycle
held at the Centro Einaudi, Via Ponza 4/E 10121 Turin (Italy) (here it is the map)


will discuss the topics of:

June, 5 – h. 14:30
Policy Deliberation
Luigi Bobbio, Dipartimento di Culture, Politica e Società (Università degli Studi di Torino)


June, 6 – h. 14:30
Counterfactual Analysis
Alberto Martini, Dipartimento di Diritto e Politica, Economia e Scienze Sociali (Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale "Amedeo Avogadro")


June, 7 – h. 14:30
Realist Evaluation
keynote speaker:

Ray Pawson University of Leeds

Andrea Lippi Università degli Studi di Firenze


The Milan Cycle held at the Graduate School in Social and Political Sciences - University of Milan, via Pace 10 (here it is the map)

will address the theme of

June, 17 – h. 10:30
Research Design
Claudio Radaelli University of Exeter


June, 17 – h. 14:30
Process Tracing
Matteo Jessoula Università degli Studi di Milano


June, 18 – h. 10:30
Decision-making Analysis
Bruno Dente Politecnico di Milano


June, 19 – h. 10:30
Qualitative Comparative Analysis
Alessia Damonte Università degli Studi di Milano


June, 19 – h. 14:30
Qualitative Comparative Analysis with R
Camilla Borgna Università degli Studi di Milano


Applications, Admission & Attendance

The School welcomes applications from any interested major, graduate, or young researcher. Candidates can simply send their CV and a cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before April, 30.

The School however has a structural limit on its enrollment. Preference will be given to candidates with some previous knowledge of policy studies and a clear interest in empirical research.

Admissions will be communicated by e-mail before May, 7. Thanks to the support of the Compagnia di San Paolo, they are free of charge.

The School regrets it is unable to further help admitted candidates with their travel and stay costs.

The School will certify 24 hours of attendance. Candidates interested in such a certificate are kindly required to indicate it when applying.



The ReSPoS School is a project of the NASP-West (Network for the Advancement of Social and Political Sciences in North-West Italy) of the Compagnia di San Paolo.

It also thankfully acknowledges the contribution of the Laboratorio di Politica Comparata e Filosofia Pubblica - LPF at the Centro Einaudi, and of the Graduate School in Social and Political Sciences - GSSPS of the Università degli Studi di Milano.

The School has also been endorsed by the Società Italiana di Scienza Politica - SISP, and by the Department of Social and Political Sciences - SPS .


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