Doctoral training programme in « Public Administration »

| Doctoral training programme 2020 | Coming soon | Doctoral training programme 2019 Agenda | Theoretical courses | Methodological courses

IDHEAP’s doctoral programme is coordinated outside the University Conference of Western Switzerland and is offered jointly by the universities of Lausanne, Bern and Lugano. The programme enables doctoral students to interact with leaders in the field of public administration research, thus providing them with the opportunity to familiarise themselves with key methodologies and the most influential publications. The doctoral school’s goal is to accompany students throughout their PhD process. In addition to attending courses, doctoral students receive the necessary support with which to move forward in their research activities, and they are regularly encouraged to share their progress.

IDHEAP’s doctoral students must attend a doctoral school (either IDHEAP’s doctoral school or one recognised as equivalent and approved by the student’s supervisor) before their private thesis defence conference. A total of 15 ECTS are necessary for the obtention of the doctorate, including 9 credits for following courses on theory and 6 credits for courses on methodology. Three of these courses are mandatory: “Public Administration: History and Evolution” (theory, 1.5 credits), “Comparative Public Administration” (theory, 2 credits) and “Methodology and Research Design” (methodology, 1.5 credits). Unless stated otherwise, doctoral school courses are given in English. We strongly urge all potential doctoral students to remember that these mandatory courses only take place every two years.

Doctoral students from outside IDHEAP (i.e. those who do not have a contract with IDHEAP) may attend its courses, workshops and seminars as long as they are enrolled at a Swiss university and that the subject of their thesis is in some way linked to public administration or governance. For more information about its courses, doctoral students from outside IDHEAP should contact the doctoral school’s representative. External doctoral students will be given certificates for course participation.

For more information about the doctoral school, please refer to IDHEAP’s current regulations :


Doctoral training programme 2020 | Coming soon

Doctoral training programme 2019 Agenda

Theoretical courses

Lectures Dates & Place Documents
Where the Citizen Meets the State: An Administrative Burden Perspective by Pr. Donald Moynihan (1.5 ECTS) 2-3 May 2019 | UNIBE (KPM, room A-124)
Reforming public organizations by Pr. G. Porumbescu (1.5 ECTS) 28-29 May 2019 | IDHEAP (room 201)
IMPGT-LEUVEN-IDHEAP Seminar (2 ECTS) 20-21 June 2019 | University of Aix-Marseille (AMU) in France
Swiss Asian Summer School in Public Administration (SASS) (2 ECTS) 7-13 July 2019 | Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China
Comparative research in PA by Pr. Kuhlmann and Denters (2 ECTS) Mandatory 9-11 October 2019 | IDHEAP (room 003) Syllabus  (886 Ko)
Essential in PA by Pr. J-P Villeneuve. This course will be held at the University of Lugano (USI) (1.5 ECTS) 7-8 November 2019 | USI (Lugano) Syllabus  (262 Ko)


Methodological courses

Lectures Dates & Place Documents
Doing case study research by Pr. Paolo Spagnoletti (1 ECTS) 30 April 2019 | IDHEAP (room 201)
Survey Methodology by Pr. Andreas Goldberg (1.5 ECTS) 26-27 September 2019 | IDHEAP (room 201) Outline  (404 Ko)
Interpretative Methods by Pr. Østergaard Møller (1.5 ECTS) 16-17 October 2019 | IDHEAP (room 201) Outline  (103 Ko)
Basics of Partial Least Squares-Structural Equation Modeling (3 ECTS) by Christian Nitzl 16-17.10.19 | sitem-insel/UniBE/KPM, Room E0.211, Freiburgstr. 3, 3010 Bern Syllabus  (187 Ko)


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Prof. Tobias Mettler
Responsible of the doctoral training in public administration

+41 21 692 69 50

For registration and questions, please contact :
Mr. Vincent Graticcia
Quartier UNIL - Mouline
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