About us

Welcome to the Political Studies Association website. Since 1950, the objectives of our Association have been ‘to promote the development of political studies and to encourage education and the advancement of learning in the art and science of government and in other branches of the political sciences’.

That may sound rather dry and worthy but actually describes a myriad of exciting activities and initiatives that we are involved in and a wide range of benefits that we provide to our members. You will find information about all of them on this site in an accessible and engaging format with quick links and user friendly search terms. In this section you can access key information about our financial and governance arrangements as a registered charity and on our trustees and staff. Elsewhere you can find out about:

  • The events that we run throughout the year and across the UK including our annual international conference, which typically attracts some 600-700 participants, and events for the general public such as our British Library lecture series.
  • Our academic publications. With our publishing partner SAGE we produce four of the leading journals in political science all of which are available to those choosing individual academic membership.
  • Our specialist groups. The PSA’s membership contains academic expertise in all areas of our discipline and we want to be able to share that knowledge both with other scholars and with a wider audience including policy makers and the media.
  • Focused events, training and development opportunities and access to funding. We are committed to developing the next generation of political scientists and some of these are specifically for doctoral students and early career staff through our early career network including travel grants and support to attend our conference.
  • Events and resources for schools both to support A-level teachers and those students either studying A-level politics or thinking of taking a politics degree.  
  • Short accessible pieces on topics of current interest including blogs, links to news articles written by PSA members and digital material such as lectures and podcasts