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SPA participates in a number of networks as a strategy to promote the quality of postgraduate studies and public administration research. Examples of established networks of which SPA is a part are the Nordic and European local government studies networks. The department has also initiated ventures in recent years with the aim of developing contacts and building up networks with closely related research environments at national, European and international level.

Network of Public Organisation and Governance (Noos)

SPA recently (2010) initiated Noos to develop the postgraduate studies in the field of Public Administration in Sweden. The network includes an annual seminar gathering doctoral student from all major universities and departments relevant to the field. In addition to the annual seminar for doctoral students, during the next few years jointly designed postgraduate courses will be offered and delivered at national level within the framework of the network. Read more about the network here.

Nordic Local Government Studies Network (NLGS)

The University of Gothenburg has been the central location for local government studies (LGS) in Sweden since the 1960s, and today the School of Public Administration (SPA) is continuing this heritage as a hub in the Nordic LGS network. Read more on the Swedish page here.

European Local Government Network (Euroloc)

The EUROLOC network was established in 1994. Euroloc is a network of researchers and research institutions interested in local government and local politics. Euroloc organises Summer Schools in Local Government Studies and is part of the ECPR standing group LOGOPOL.The official objectives of the EUROLOC network are to:

  • Develop specialized courses for Ph.D. students who follow formalized Ph.D. programs in the field of local government studies or whose research and thesis fall within that field.
  • Develop links between teachers and Ph.D. students who work with the same kind of research questions.
  • Contribute to the development of the comparative study of local politics and administration.

Euroloc homepage (external link)

European Urban Research Association (Eura)

 EURA is mainly European through its membership and expertise. As the world goes urban, it is therefore timely to review and reflect the role and function of the city in a changing Europe, examine European cities' similar characteristics (of history and heritage, of design and built form, of politics, governance and democracy, of economic function, of social structure and association) and their distinctive features.
EURA homepage (external link)


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