PSA Undergraduate Conference 2020

3 April 2020, Edinburgh


The PSA Undergraduate Conference 2020 is now open for undergraduate students to submit their work. The academic convenors for the conference are Dr Matthew Wood (PSA Trustee) and Dr Sarah Liu (University of Edinburgh).


Conference Theme


'Re-Imagining Politics'

This event provides a space for politics students, from the UK and abroad, and those in related subjects who are studying for undergraduate degrees to come together and share their research whilst exploring the theme 'Re-imagining Politics'. 

The conference is also a unique opportunity to hear keynote talks and learn more about what it's like to undertake postgraduate study, research in the field of politics and career options for after your undergraduate degree.

The international liberal order is being challenged by new security threats and domestic nationalist resurgences. Established party systems are disintegrating as trust in representative democracy diminishes. Confronted with a climate emergency, traditional policies of growth and consumption are under increased scrutiny. Ours is also a time of democratic institutional innovation, path-breaking constitutional experiments and vibrant bottom-up practices of inclusive decision-making.

We welcome presentations from different sub disciplines within politics, including comparative politics; political philosophy; and international relations, as well as students interested in qualitative and quantitative research.

Full programme details will be available soon


Submission Guidance


Participation is open to all students from UK institutations, and abroad. You can apply to give a presentation on research you've been doing (for example, a UG dissertation) or you can attend as a spectator! You can also apply as a group, but please note that no more than two students can present on behalf of each group. 

All student presenters will be given approx. 10-15 minutes within their allocated panel to present their work and take questions. 

Students wishing to present their work at the conference should submit a short summary or abstract to

Deadline for submitting proposals is Friday 21 February 2020 (12noon). 

All students will be notified if their papers have been accepted by no later than two weeks after the above deadline. 


Registration Fees


Registration is now OPEN! To register click here.

All attendees and presenters must register for the conference.

Registration for presenters will close Friday 27 March 2020 5pm. 

General attendance will cost £20. Registration is free for PSA Student Members & discounted for students from the University of Edinburgh. PSA student membership is only £10! For more details click here.




The PSA will be offering a limited number of travel grants to the conference.

Travel grants are only available to PSA Student Members and to those who are presenting at the conference. To be eligible you must have registered for the conference by the grant closure date.

To apply for a travel grant, please complete this application form and return it to by no later than Friday 21 February 2020 (12noon). 



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