PADST Summer School

Navigate the Twin Transition: Apply Now for the Digital and Sustainable Transition Summer School 2024 at UCL – London  

The pressures of adapting to digital advancements and climate change are straining public administrations that aim to assess and deal with these changes for a sustainable future and improved policymaking. To support the adaptation, the PADST project encourages research into public administration and policymaking given the twin digital and sustainable transition. What administrative capacities and capabilities do governments need to steer this twin transition? 


June 10-12, 2024. We start on the afternoon of June 10 and end at 5 pm on June 12. Participants who are interested in joining the IIPP Forum event with worldwide practitioners may extend their stay until June 13.


London UK. 


The summer school is organized by the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose at University College London. The coordinator of the summer school is prof Rainer Kattel. The PADST project is a joint initiative of KU Leuven (Public Governance Institute), TalTech (Nurkse Department), Utrecht University (School of Governance, Public Management Group), and University College London (Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose).   

Target group 

This summer school aims to bring together early-career researchers (esp. doctoral students) who study public administration and its relationships with digital transformation, green transitions or sustainability governance. The key target group is the early-career researchers from the PADST project member universities. There are also a limited number of places available for applicants outside the PADST project member universities. The summer school will be conducted in English, and participants are expected to have a good command of the language.  

Scope and aim 

Following the PADST project aims, the summer school will focus on two key research and policy challenges, while also trying to build bridges between these topics:  

  • How should public administrations adjust, reform and evolve to meet the sustainability and climate change challenges?  
  • How should public administrations adjust, reform and evolve to cope with digital opportunities while creating and securing public value? 
  • How are governments taking advantage of and steering digital transformation to serve the needs of sustainability challenges? 

As the second event in a series of PADST summer schools, the London summer school aims to boost a network of PhD and early-career researchers interested in public administration and its relationships with digital and sustainable transitions. 

It will also focus more on the interactions with practitioners as a practice-based theorized model for developing research. It will provide an opportunity to engage in discussions and debates on these topics with leading scholars and experts from the field. Participants will have the opportunity to present their research, receive feedback and guidance, exchange with practitioners, participate in workshops and seminars, and network with fellow researchers. The school provides opportunities to increase the quality and relevance of participants’ research, increase visibility, and the chances of high-level PhD publication. The school also provides unique access to the views of high-level policymakers and the opportunity to interact with government officials. Last but not least, the school will offer an opportunity to participate in IIPP’s Forum Event (former MOIN gathering), which will take place on the 12 and 13th of June and will gather worldwide practitioners.

Facilitators (TBC) 

Facilitators include prof David Eaves (UCL), prof Rainer Kattel (UCL), prof Ines Mergel (Konstanz University and TPSDA), Joep Crompvoets (KU Leuven), prof Erkki Karo (TalTech), prof Vasilis Kostakis (TalTech), prof Veiko Lember (TalTech) and various green transition and digital transformation policymakers. 

Fee and costs 

There are no participation fees. Accommodation costs will be at the participant’s expense. Our consortium members have committed resources to facilitate their researchers’ attendance; we respectfully advise participants outside of this arrangement to arrange their funding to ensure their participation.


To apply, please fill in the form by April 10, 2024.


Please contact The detailed program will be announced after registration.  


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