The PSA is delighted to announce that our 71st conference will be convened by Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) on 29th-31st March 2021.


With sponsorship from our lead partners Visit Belfast and SAGE Publishing, this event will seek to explore the significance of resilience, expertise and hope in our ability as a global society to adapt and respond in the wake of fundamental disruption such as current Covid-19 pandemic.


The convening team will be led by senior figures from the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics, Professor Alister Miskimmon and Dr Stefan Andreasson. Stefan said: “We are looking forward to welcoming our colleagues and friends from throughout the academic community to join us at Queen’s University Belfast for what promises to be a stimulating opportunity to further research agendas that seek to address the most pressing global challenges of our times”.


Michelle Doyle Wildman, the PSA’s Chief Executive, adds: “After the disappointment of having to cancel our 70th annual conference, it’s wonderful to savour the prospect of when we will be able to gather in person again. The PSA’s trustees and staff are so looking forward to working with the QUB team and offering opportunities for our members and colleagues to further the study of politics and experience a vibrant capital city with a rich culture and history”.


Looking forward to the conference, the new Chair of the PSA, Professor Roger Awan-Scully of Cardiff University, commented that: “Belfast will offer to people right across political studies the opportunity to once again meet, present and explore ideas, and experience some fascinating events and sessions. But the conference will also offer people the chance to explore, from multiple different perspectives, the many potential implications of the Covid-19 pandemic”.


The PSA will keep you up to date with developments including the call for papers in due course and via /events/psa21-annual-conference


For general conference enquiries and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Misty Hammond our Events Manager on