Political Futures – 31 March 2023

  • Please only use the registration tab above to register if you are a PSA Student member! 


  • If you aren't a student member please contact the team via membership@psa.ac.uk, who will be able to help you with your registration. 


PSA’s Annual Conference 2023 is taking place in Liverpool as part of a collaboration between the University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool Hope University, and Edge Hill University. Our Undergraduate conference is being organised in consultation with students from the four universities to ensure that topics and research that interest you are best represented.

This year’s Undergraduate Conference will be a hybrid event, taking place in-person and virtually on Friday 31 March 2023 at Edge Hill University, situated between Liverpool and Preston in Lancashire. The conference convenors are Dr Steven Daniels (Edge Hill University), Paula Keaveney (Edge Hill University), and Dr Heather Alberro (Nottingham Trent University and PSA Trustee). You will find their contact details below.



The theme of the conference is ‘Political Futures’, and the topics we are welcoming papers on have been created in consultation with undergraduate students from multiple universities. We welcome papers on some of the following topics (broadly defined), although this list is not definitive:

  • International Relations and Conflict
  • Supranationalism, Institutions, and Political Landscapes
  • Political Ideologies
  • Democracy, Devolution, and Political Parties
  • Environmentalism and Activism



The format of the conference, taking place both in-person and virtually, will be a day of thematic panels. Typically, these will be made up of 3 to 4 presentations of roughly 10-15 minutes in length each. All presentations will be hosted and presented live on the day.

The panels will be followed up by a Q&A session and general discussion. There will be no need to submit a paper alongside your presentation, but you are free to do so if you wish. There will also be networking sessions which will be more discussion orientated.

For your presentation proposal, remember that you are not being asked to reinvent the wheel. A good presentation proposal identifies a problem and offers a fresh take on an existing topic. Some presentations just confirm long-held suspicions. Find a research topic that interests you and get creative!



In the spirit of accessibility, we’ve tried to keep the application process as simple as possible.

To apply, simply email danies@edgehill.ac.uk - with ‘Presentation Proposal’ in the subject line - and provide the information below.

  • Name:
  • University affiliation:
  • Contact email: please make sure this the same email you use for your PSA membership (this email will not be made public)
  • Additional Co-authors:
  • Abstract (between 200 to 300 words): this is a short outline of your presentation - including what your research is about; what your research questions are; your methods, and what are your findings!
  • Subject Keywords (up to 3):
  • Confirmation that you have an active PSA Student membership*


* Please note that PSA Student Membership is required to have your presentation accepted and to attend the conference for free. If you are an undergraduate who is not yet a student member, please join by signing up here. Just follow the ‘Public Membership’ tab then select student membership at £10. Your membership needs to be active to have your presentation proposal accepted for the PSA UG conference.


You will receive email confirmation on receipt of your proposal.

You are welcome to submit either an individual presentation or collaborate with others to submit as a whole panel.

  • If you wish to ask any informal questions about submitting an abstract, feel free to contact Dr Steven Daniels via danies@edgehill.ac.uk with questions or ideas.

  • If you have any question about your membership, please email: membership@psa.ac.uk.



PSA Student members - FREE presentation opportunity and/or attendance, either in person or digitally. Participation by students at non-UK institutions is encouraged.

Non-Members - £20 attendance in person/£10 digitally. Why not become a student member for £10 then take part in the conference for free? As a member, you will also be able to register for free digital attendance at PSA23 taking place in Liverpool from 3 to 5 April.

PSA Student membership costs just £10 for a full twelve months, which also gives you access to member benefits including free access to Political Insight magazine, regular e-newsletters and multiple networking opportunities.

If you still wish to pay the non-member fee to attend the conference, you will be able to do so when registration opens on 11 March.

You don’t need to present to come and join in the conference of course, as attendance is open to all undergraduates. This enables you to join in with the Q&As, networking and workshop opportunities regardless.



Wednesday 8 February: PSA UG Conference opens the call for papers

Wednesday 1 March: Deadline for proposals/submissions

Friday 10 March: Students with successful proposal outcomes informed 

Saturday 11 March: Conference registration opens

Wednesday 22 March: Conference registration closes

Friday 31 March: Conference - the full programme will be published soon!


If you have any specific questions about this event, please contact one of the conference convenors:

Steven Daniels: danies@edgehill.ac.uk

Paula Keaveney: keavenep@edgehill.ac.uk

Heather Alberro: heather.alberro@ntu.ac.uk

If you have any general enquiries about the conference or the PSA, please send an email (with ‘UG Conference’ in the subject line) to: ugenquiries@psa.ac.uk



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