The IPSA-FLACSO Summer School on Concepts, Methods, and Techniques in Political Science was founded in 2015 as a partnership between the International Political Science Association (IPSA) and FLACSO Mexico. It seeks to provide academics, students, and professionals from within and outside the social sciences with cutting-edge training in quantitative and qualitative research methods. Likewise, among the summer school's main objectives is to promote academic networks between Mexico, Latin America, and Europe.
Since its first edition, the summer school has offered an important number of two-week intensive courses where different techniques and methods of social inquiry are taught. In 2017 the offer was extended with a group of short introductory courses that can be taken as a complement to the two-week courses or separately.
This year IPSA and FLACSO México will join forces with the Graduate Program in Political and Social Sciences at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM). This collaboration will increase the Summer School's offer of innovative courses.
The fifth edition of the summer school will offer all scheduled courses in an online format, allowing participants to continue their learning in social science research methods.
IPSA's mission is to promote empirical research in political science and related disciplines around the world.
The IPSA-FLACSO Mexico Summer School belongs to the global network of methods programs along with other summer schools hosted at the National University of Singapore, the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa and the Middle East Technical University in Turkey.
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 different countries in such a way as to create broad research networks that can stimulate the exchange of ideas, techniques and advanced methods across disciplinary boundaries.