The IPSA-USP Summer School

Founded in 2010, the IPSA-USP Summer School in Concepts, Methods and Techniques in Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations seeks to provide scholars of the social sciences with access to high-quality, cutting edge, advanced training in qualitative and quantitative social science methods.  A partnership between the International Political Science Association (IPSA) and the Department of Political Science (DCP) at the University of São Paulo, the School was the first of a global network of methods schools to be established by IPSA in the Global South. From 2010 to 2017, the School was also jointly organized with the Institute for International Relations (IRI).  

Now in its 10th year, the IPSA-USP Summer School has become a global point of reference synonymous with excellence and rigorous training in methods.  It is the oldest and largest of the IPSA methods summer schools, which have been held at the University of Stellenbosch, Middle East Technical University and the National University of Singapore. 

The IPSA-USP Summer School schedule is partitioned into three one-week courses. The curriculum includes special information sessions that provide practical training on specific skills and seminars that provide participants with opportunities to examine the impact of various methodologies on specific substantive issues.

Participants to the IPSA-USP Summer School generally represent high-potential, upper-level scholars of political science, public policy, international relations, and related disciplines. Participants are typically doctoral students, post-doctoral students, or research-oriented masters students, as well as current faculty members seeking to boost their research skills. IPSA-USP Summer School participants also represent a diverse number of countries and methodological backgrounds. In 2018, for example, participants who attended the school came from 34 different countries and 97 different universities and institutions.

The institutional sponsors of the School at USP are currently the Institute for International Relations (IRI), the Center for Metropolitan Studies (CEM), and the Núcleo de Estudos Comparados e Internacionais (NECI)  at USP.