IPSA's mission is to promote empirical research in political science and related disciplines around the world, and the IPSA-USP Summer School forms the Latin American hub in a global network of methods programs, with other summer schools hosted at the National University of Singapore, the University of Stellenbosch, and the Middle East Technical University.


  • To train current and future scholars in cutting-edge social science methods, including qualitative and quantitative data analysis, as well as research design and research methods.
  • To bring together advanced social science scholars from the University of São Paulo, the rest of Brazil, other countries in Latin America, and the broader world in such a way as to create broad research networks that can stimulate the exchange of ideas, techniques and advanced methods across national and sub-disciplinary boundaries.
  • To further consolidate the effort to establish a Summer School in Latin America that can serve as a global center for the propagation of advanced methods and techniques in political science research.