Chatham House summer school: Building a better future

Join Chatham House experts for a series of interactive discussions and Q&A sessions. The summer school is aimed at 16-18-year-olds and takes place online over five days.

Special event, Workshop
25 July 2022 TO 29 July 2022 — 2:00PM TO 3:30PM

Are you a GCSE or A-level student taking subjects in politics, history, economics, geography or a related subject? Are you passionate about international affairs and interested in a career in policy research and think-tanks?

Our summer school is a fantastic opportunity to connect with world-leading experts on international affairs, boost your CV or university application, and gain an insight into careers in the sector.

The workshop explores some of the major themes Chatham House researchers work on. It gives you an opportunity to participate in the discussion, share your vision for the future and find out how our researchers develop positive solutions to global challenges.

There is no cost to participate, but if you would like to help empower young people to change their world, you can donate to Chatham House. We are a registered charity and every donation helps us to inspire future generations.

Why attend?

  • Meet our researchers and hear about their career paths;
  • Expand your knowledge of key issues in international affairs;
  • Learn what a policy institute (or ‘think-tank’) is and what it is like to work in one;
  • Learn how to build critical skills to help you prepare for the best post-A level opportunities in universities, apprenticeships and the world of work; and
  • Find out how you can stay in touch with Chatham House and our activities.

On completion of the summer school, you will receive a personalized certificate.

How to register

To register please complete the Zoom registration form.


Monday 25 July

Responding to conflict

How has Russia’s invasion of Ukraine affected the international order? How does Putin’s assertion that ‘might is right’ disrupt well-established international policy systems? Can sovereignty and territorial integrity remain the foundations of the international system ? How can Ukraine prepare for a successful post-war reconstruction?

Mathieu Boulègue,
Senior Research Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme
Nikolay Petrov, Senior Research Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme
Ľubica Polláková, Assistant Director, Russia and Eurasia Programme
Valdonė Šniukaitė, Intern, Russia and Eurasia Programme


Tuesday 26 July

Generating fresh ideas for a sustainable future

Who made your sneakers? What are the harmful impacts of the fast fashion industry? How are social movements, companies, designers, and communities around the world helping to change patterns of production and consumption? What are our routes toward a circular economy – an approach to flip the ‘take-make-waste’? How can radical ideas, designs, materials, business models and production processes reinvent the future?

Dr Patrick Schröder, Senior Research Fellow, Environment and Society
Suzannah Sherman, Research Associate, Sustainability Accelerator
Bruna Miguel, intern, Environment and Society
Rory Selvey, intern, Sustainability Accelerator


Wednesday 27 July

The next pandemic: when could it be?

How did the World Health Organization’s six Public Health Emergencies of International Concern (PHEIC) bring together experts to solve global health crises? Is monkeypox the next crisis? What are the risk factors of emerging diseases and their global spread? Why is the One Health approach important and what are the examples of diseases to watch out for?

Scott Chiossi, Research Analyst, Global Health Programme
Dr Karishma Kurup, Research Fellow, Global Health Programme
Emma Ross, Senior Research Fellow, Global Health Programme


Thursday 28 July

Working to strengthen human rights

What are the implications of calls to repeal the Human Rights Act in the United Kingdom, the overturning of Roe v Wade in the US and the war in Ukraine? How are activists responding? How can alliances, institutions, strategies and tools adapt to strengthen human rights protection? What are the human rights implications of emerging tech, including AI and neurotechnology? And what do human rights means to you?

Chanu Peiris
, Assistant Director, International Law Programme
Yasmin Afina, Research Analyst, International Security Programme
Hallie Martin, Coordinator, International Security Programme


Friday 29 July

Building critical skills

Why do everybody need to write? How to think critically about international affairs? How to analyze the news?  hat is working in a think tank actually like? How often do researchers engage with politicians? What does a research fellow do on a typical day? How can you successfully apply for an internship? What skills are needed and how do you make your application stand out from the crowd?

Isabel Muttreja, Marketing Manager, International Affairs, Communications and Publishing
Chair: Roxana Raileanu, Interim Head of Marketing and Development, The World Today, Communications and Publishing


Career insights

Is there a degree which prepares you for working at a think-tank? What does a day in the life of a think-tank intern look like? What does a think-tank researcher do?

Mariana Vieira
, Book Reviews Editor, International Affairs
Jerome Puri, Intern, Middle East and North Africa Programme
Armida van Rij, Research Fellow, International Security Programme
Chair: Amrit Swali, Project Coordinator, International Security Programme


How to stay in touch proactively

What are the ways in which you can continue to stay in touch after your internship?

Wadi Ben-Hirki, Community Member, Common Futures Conversations
Mohamad Hachem, Young Adviser
Alis Martin, Internships and Outreach Manager
Chair: Fiona Hart, Project Coordinator, Common Futures Conversations


Thank you and prizes announced