Call for Application: International Summer School 2018

Published at: 28 February 2018

Small and medium-sized cities: new deal, new ways of dialogue?

5 to 8 September in Lille, France

The German Academy for Spatial Research and Planning (ARL) organises the International Summer School 2018 in cooperation with the Department of Geography and Regional Planning at the University of Lille (France). Participants will discuss conceptual, methodological, and empirical contributions that explore small and medium-sized cities in an innovative perspective, focusing on the relations between surrounding cities and regions, their impact on urban and regional development and consequences of/for spatial planning and development strategies.

The summer school takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of small and medium-sized cities. We invite applications from advanced doctoral students with a background in geography, urban and European studies, political sciences, sociology, spatial planning, public administration, social design, and related fields.

Application: Your application should include a motivation letter (max. 1 page), a short CV (1-2 pages), and a short description of the project that you are going to present focusing on your approach towards small and medium-sized cities (max. 1 page). As academic institutions, the organisers encourage scientific publications and aim to compile an edited volume on the theme of the summer school. Participants should be willing and prepared to discuss their paper drafts during the summer school and to develop their papers afterwards.

Please submit your application by 8 April 2018 to You will receive a notification of acceptance end of April 2018. The ARL sponsors the accommodation and travel costs of all participants. A participation fee will not be charged.

Application submission: 8 April 2018

For more information, please see here and the Flyer attached.