Summerschool “Local and regional stakeholders and European integration”

The Institute for European and Global Studies Alliance Europa organises a Summerschool for PhD students from the 2Oth to the 24th June, 2022 in Nantes. During the event they will address local stakeholders issues regarding European integration.

From the 20th to the 24th June, 2022, PhD students will take on the role of consultant to offer a new multidisciplinary perspective to local stakeholders: public institutions, private organisations, associations, and the media of the Pays de la Loire region. They will formulate a diagnosis providing answers to the local stakeholder on issues related to :

  • Lobbying and networking strategies to participate in and influence European policies
  • Ways of seizing European opportunities locally
  • Raising awareness about Europe on a local and regional scale.

PhD students will benefit from academic lectures, an introduction course on the role of consultant and they will work in a multidisciplinary team to tackle a concrete issue for a local stakeholder.


Since the 1980s, the increased impact of local and regional stakeholders in European integration has been facilitated by major developments such as the acceleration of the globalisation process which has gradually eroded the state's monopoly as the only legitimate actor in foreign policy. Along with the emergence of a transnational society that transcends borders, the processes of decentralization or devolution of powers has widened the previously limited opportunities of subnational authorities in terms of international relations.

At the same time, the European Union instituted a system of multi-level governance in which local and regional authorities intervened, in a more or less close relationship with the States. The development of EU policies and their funding raised the stakes for territorial policies and for all political and socio-economic actors. Actor networks therefore become a mode of action for influencing policies and decisions likely to impact them.

The numerous crises on the continent have not weakened the process. On the contrary, they offer up an opportunity to shift our vision of Europe by increasing citizen participation, including at the local level, by relying on dynamic civil societies. Local and regional authorities can innovate in raising awareness, information, and communication policies on Europe to facilitate populations taking ownership of it.

This interdisciplinary field of research allows for a different approach to the study of European integration, which not only factors in a bottom-up approach but also broadens the scope of actors, leaving behind one primarily centered on capital cities and European institutions. There are many specificities and territorial singularities in Europe, but the study of European actions, policies and strategies of actors in Nantes and the Loire region, in a territory that has seen the birth of many citizen initiatives, will be part of a comparative vision thanks to the international nature of our Summer school.


This Summerschool is composed of academic conferences, a discovery course on the role of consultants and a multidisciplinary teamwork to answer a concrete issue from a local stakeholder.

15 to 20 international doctoral students accompanied by academics in humanities and social sciences will meet for five days to take on a mission from a local stakeholder and to help them advance their thinking in relation to the European dimension of their activity.

Our participative and innovative model will be conducive to exchanges between doctoral students working in the field of European and international studies and non-academic actors to develop new professional skills in consulting for the socio-economic world, the media, civil society and local authorities.

The event is organised in English and in French.

Scientific committee

Michel Catala


Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Nantes - Director of the Institute for European and Global Studies.

The director of the Institute for European and Global Studies since its creation in 2015, Michel Catala launched the RFI Alliance Europa programme in 2013, with Arnauld Leclerc. A university professor since 2004, he directed the CRHIA, a history laboratory bringing together 50 teacher-researchers and 89 doctoral students in Nantes and La Rochelle. He has a long practice of directing research structures and collective research programmes on the history of Europe on a regional (DCIE) and national (Labex EHNE) scale. A specialist in the history of international relations in Europe and the history of European construction, he has been teaching these subjects for 15 years. He is the author of numerous publications on these issues, and has also launched many international partnerships. He is the founding president of the Maison de l’Europe in Nantes, and is particularly familiar with civil society and local authority actors working on European issues in Nantes and the Loire region.

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Arnauld Leclerc


Professor of political science at the University of Nantes and director of the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme Ange-Guépin from 2015 to 2020. Holder of the “Telos, Ethos, Nomos Europa” Jean Monnet Chair. Coordinator of Alliance Europa's Axis 1 "Governing Europe in a globalised world".

A member of the Law and Social Change Laboratory (CNRS/University Joint Research Unit n°6297), Arnauld Leclerc is a specialist in political theory applied to Europe. He directs the Master 2 in Political Science of Europe and created in 2011 an original selective bachelor’s degree dedicated to the multidisciplinary study of Europe. All the classes he teaches relate to European studies, contributing to the vitality of this field and to the debates on European issues through his regular participation in public debates and the organisation of numerous scientific and extra-academic events. He is the president of Euradio, a radio school specialising in European issues, welcoming students from all over Europe every year and broadcasting in several languages.

He is the coordinator of the Chair of European Philosophy project held by philosopher Jean-Marc Ferry, and the author of several collective works including Les intellectuels et le pouvoir. Déclinaisons et mutations (Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2012), Conclusion : La citoyenneté européenne en temps de crise and L’Europe : crise et critique (Presses de l’Université de Paris-Sorbonne, 2016, 2017) and Du mot au concept. La démocratie comme intellectualisation de la dispute sociale (2017), L’Europe face au défi des religions: construire un espace public par-delà la sécularisation (2017). His research themes are the the philosophy of Europe, the theory of democracy and the philosophy of the university.

See the page of the “Télos Ethos Nomos Europa” Chair.

Call for applications


This event is organised within the framework of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union  of the Council of the European Union*.

* This event is not organized by the French government. It is however authorized by the Government to use the emblem of the French Presidency of the Council of the Council of the European Union.




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PhD student in History of International Relations, CRHIA - University of Nantes // Project manager for the summerschool "Local and regional stakeholders and European integration" (2022)

At the CRHIA of the University of Nantes, Lorraine Stravens has been preparing a thesis since September 2017 on “The emergence of local and regional governments in national and European development aid policies since 1980”, under the supervision of Professor Michel Catala, with the support of Alliance Europa (as part of the CITER project) and LabEx EHNE.

For Alliance Europa, Lorraine Stravens participated in the development of the LIPE project and the setting up of doctoral seminars.

From February to July 2022, Lorraine Stravens was project officer for the Institute for European and Global Studies Alliance Europa. She was involved in the preparation, organisation and evaluation of the summerschool “Local and regional stakeholders and European integration”.