Members of the PSA, APSA, BISA and ECPR met in Brighton from 17 to 19 June for the first ever conference jointly organised by the four associations.

The conference focused on the theme of ‘Teaching Politics in an Age of Populism’. Participants engaged in three days of panels, workshops and debates to explore a range of issues relating to this topic.

Session highlights

Panels and sessions addressed a wide variety of topics, including the challenges of teaching in a ‘post-truth’ classroom, decolonising the curriculum, and teaching controversial and contested areas such as Brexit and the Trump Presidency. Participants also discussed a range of pedagogical responses to help students develop their understanding of different and diverse political perspectives and standpoints. Strategies included supporting students’ development as critical and engaged learners and the use of simulations, civic engagement and experiential learning tools.


The keynote was delivered by Alison Millet McCartney (Towson University), who emphasised the importance of political scientists collaborating across boundaries in a period of increasing nationalism and isolationism.


Organising committee

Professor John Craig (Leeds Beckett) and Dr Stuart Wilks-Heeg (University of Liverpool) represented the PSA on the organising committee, while BISA, ECPR and APSA were represented by Dr Nick Robinson (University of Leeds), Professor Oddbjørn Knutsen (University of Oslo), and Dr Amanda Rosen (Webster University) and Dr Tanya Schwarz (APSA) respectively. Jamie Roberts (PSA) led the organisation of the event with the support of colleagues in the PSA office.