Center on Democracy and Organizing: 2019 Summer Institute

The Center on Democracy and Organizing (CDO) is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications from graduate students, earlier career scholars, and organizers for a summer institute that will take place in Berkeley, CA, July 31-August 2, 2019.

The summer institute will bring together researchers and organizers (practitioners) interested in developing the capacity to do engaged research in partnership. This dynamic and interactive institute will give participants—10 researchers and 10 practitioners—the chance to learn to work together on research projects that help practitioners advance their strategic goals.

The institute will focus on articulating the benefits of building research partnerships between academics and organizers, developing the capacities needed among both academics and organizers to work together, and creating the opportunity for researcher-organizer pairs to work directly on a project of interest. The institute seeks to reframe how graduate students and early career scholars understand their role as researchers, focus on the ways engaging with practitioners can deepen and improve their theorizing about the socio-political world, and also help practitioners and scholars develop a common language in order to engage as equal partners in the research process.

Applicants may apply on their own or in researcher-practitioner pairs.

Domestic travel, lodging, and meals are fully covered. Participants will also be eligible to apply for seed funding of up to $5,000 from CDO to carry out research projects conceived and developed through the Institute.

Application Deadline: December 17, 2018

CDO Background

To strengthen democracy around the world, organizations and activists make strategic choices about how best to inform, engage, and amplify the voices of ordinary people and mobilize collective action. Research often is not available to serve the needs of these actors. CDO is a newly-established center at the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, with the aim of generating usable research, sharpening the strategic capacity of participating organizations, and developing a generation of scholars from diverse backgrounds who can do work that addresses the concrete needs of practitioners.

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