Call for Applications - Doctoral Summer School "Interdisciplinary Research: Approaches and Methods" 25-27 June 2024

Doctoral Summer School

Interdisciplinary Research: Approaches and Methods

Organized by the University of Geneva’s Global Studies Institute

25-27 June 2024, Geneva

Call for Applications


In recent years, interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity have become buzzwords across the social and natural sciences, incentivizing researchers to question as well as actively transgress disciplinary boundaries. Considering these developments, this summer school aims to shed light on the epistemological, theoretical, methodological, and practical challenges of inter- and trans-disciplinary research. Participants will thus learn about how to design and conduct interdisciplinary research, while honing their awareness of the challenges associated with disciplinary boundary-crossing.


This summer school is open to doctoral students at the University of Geneva and to external doctoral students interested in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary methodologies. Candidates studying globalization and global governance through critical, systemic, and interdisciplinary approaches are notably encouraged to apply.

Format and requirements

This three-day doctoral school module will feature a combination of lectures by UNIGE faculty, presentations by participants of their PhD projects, and group discussions.
Prior to the summer school, participants will be expected to read a selection of required readings, which will provide them with the necessary background knowledge to follow the lectures and participate in group discussions.
Individual participants will also be expected to circulate a text in advance (research design, thesis chapter, etc.) that clearly exhibits the interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary nature of their research. During the summer school, participants will have the opportunity to present their research and receive constructive feedback on how they are implementing inter/trans-disciplinarity.


Interested PhD candidates are invited to send an abstract highlighting the topic and inter/transdisciplinary nature of their research (500 words max.), a short academic CV, and a one-page letter of motivation (wherein the candidates indicate whether they require a travel stipend). Applications should be submitted as a single PDF by May 15, 2024, to: gsiphdschool@unige.ch. Any questions about the summer school may also be directed to this email address.


The Global Studies Institute will make and cover the hotel arrangements for non-Geneva based candidates. External candidates may request a travel stipend of up to 500 CHF. Extra-European candidates may request additional support if needed and dependent on the availability of funds.

Preliminary programme

Tuesday 25 June   

09:00 - 10:30 Welcome and Introduction
Interdisciplinarity in a Disciplinary World
11:00 - 12:30 Interdisciplinary Research Process: New Understandings through Integration

Prof Didier Wernli
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 - 15:00 PhD student presentations I
15:30 - 17:00 PhD student presentations II
Afterwork Group dinner

Wednesday 26 June

09:00 - 10:30 Interdisciplinarity and Institutional Dynamics  

Prof Nicolas Levrat
Dr Gérard Escher
11:00 - 12:30 PhD student presentations III
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 - 15:00 ID Research in Practice: International Relations and Sociology Encounters

Dr Monique Beerli
15:30 - 17:00 PhD student presentations IV

Thursday 27 June

09:00 - 10:30 ID Research in Practice 2: Normative-Ethical Implications of Working with Stakeholders

Dr Monique Beerli
11:00 - 12:30 PhD student presentations V
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 - 15:00 PhD student presentations VI
15:30 - 17:00 Wrap-up and Conclusion
Afterwork End-of-module apéro 


Prof Nicolas Levrat – Global Studies Institute, UNIGE – nicolas.levrat@unige.ch
Prof Didier Wernli – Global Studies Institute, UNIGE – didier.wernli@unige.ch
Dr Monique Beerli – Global Studies Institute, UNIGE – monique.beerli@unige.ch

10 juin 2024