Local Democracy Academy 2019

The Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy (ICLD) organised the first Local Democracy Academy. In June 2019 researchers from around the world gathered in Umeå, Sweden, to discuss and present the latest research in the field of local democracy, explore directions for future research and foster collaborations. The academy was organised in collaboration with UCLG and the Department of Political Science, Umeå University.

© ICLD, Visby – Sweden

The topic of the academy was ‘Global challenges and Local governments: Towards Transformative Policy and Practice’; a total of 60 participants joined the academy for the entire week.

The sessions were interactive and stimulated cross-disciplinary collaboration and the exchange of ideas in response to some of society’s most pressing challenges. Some of the key learnings from the discussions were the following:

Many of the policies adopted by local governments are not transformative but instead reactive and often seek to simply quell conflict at one moment in time, rather than addressing the issue of inclusion in a way that is more forward-looking.
A fully transformative agenda must seek to engage with competing interest, complexity and messiness, the unknowns which are inevitable in the future, and questions of power and politics.

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