PSA Annual International Conference 2020

6th - 8th April 2020, Edinburgh

Join us for the 70th PSA Annual International Conference taking place in Edinburgh!


Paper and panel proposals can now be submitted via

A comprehensive conference-related FAQs document is available here

PSA at 70: Re-imagining Politics

6th - 8th April 2020

Edinburgh International Convention Centre and Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa


As the PSA turns 70, politics faces multiple uncertainties. 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.

Against this backdrop of change, falling back on well-tested theories and practices seems less and less productive. Radical and accelerating transformations call for new ways of understanding, explaining and intervening in the political world.

PSA’s 70th anniversary provides us with a double opportunity: to take stock of these transformations and in light of them to re-imagine both the study and practice of politics. Held in the Scottish capital, itself a site of democratic innovation and mobilisation, the 2020 meeting of the PSA aims to provide a compelling arena for kickstarting processes of re-imagining politics.


Conference FAQs:

A comprehensive conference overview is available via the following Frequently Asked Questions document. 

Conference Deadlines:

w/c 19th August 2019: Call for paper and panel abstracts. 

All proposals should be submitted via will be asked to create an account, or you can use the same Ex Ordo log-in details if you were a participant at the PSA Conference 2019. A submissions guide is available within Ex Ordo and a printable version is available hereSubmissions cannot be made via the PSA website and emailed proposals will not be considered. 

Monday 21st October 2019 (@23:59): Deadline for submitting paper and panel proposals. 

Friday 15th November 2019:

  • Notification of Acceptance: Acceptance/rejection emails sent to Corresponding Authors
  • Conference registration opens (Early Bird Rates)
  • Conference dinner tickets available to purchase (at the Hub on Tuesday 7th April 2020)
  • Applications open for ECN and International Visitor Grants (applications will only be considered from individuals that have had paper proposals accepted). For further details regarding grants please click here


Friday 10th January 2020: Deadline for PSA Early Career Network and International Visitor Grants

Monday 27th January 2020 (@23:59): Early-bird registration deadline (standard rates then available from Tuesday 28th January)

Monday 17th February 2020: Registration deadline for presenting authors of accepted abstracts. Failure to register will result in the abstract being excluded from the conference programme

Monday 16th March 2020: Deadline for PSA Members to be considered for Under-5's childcare funding or to sign up for the onsite creche (TBC)

w/c 30th March 2020: Deadline for presenting authors to upload papers (not compulsory)

Registration Fees:

Conference registration will open on Friday 15th November 2019 via Ex Ordo (you cannot register via the PSA website). Please note that registration fees do not cover accommodation or lunch. 

Registration fees are as follows:

EARLY BIRD RATES (Friday 15th November 2019 - Monday 27th January 2020@23:59):


PSA Membership and the Early Bird Rates: If you would like to renew your membership or to become a PSA member to obtain the EB rate, please click here (you must renew or become a member first). For any membership-related enquiries please email 


STANDARD RATES (Tuesday 28th January 2020 - Thursday 2nd April 2020)

  • PSA Member: £235
  • PSA ECN Member: £125
  • Non-Member: £320
  • Early Career Researcher Non-Member: £165


RETIRED MEMBERS: Conference registration fees are waived for retired PSA members who are:

  • not supported by their former university or an institution
  • not supported by a grant provider
  • willing to be a discussant or panel chair


Conference Venues:

PSA2020 will be held primarily at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) with panel sessions also taking place at the nearby Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa

Both venues are fully accessible and please contact the PSA office to discuss any specific requirements.


Conference Dinner:

The Conference Dinner and academic prize-giving ceremony will be held at The Hub on Tuesday 7th April 2020. Tickets can be purchased via Ex Ordo from Friday 15th November 2019. Further details will be available soon. 

Edinburgh Travel and Accommodation:

Accommodation: Convention Edinburgh has reserved an allocation of rooms at various hotels near the EICC - click here to make a booking via their portal. 

For further information on Edinburgh, including travel information and maps, click here

Conference organisers:

The PSA Conference 2020 is a collaborative event managed by the Political Studies Association and the University of Edinburgh via the following convenors from Politics and International Relations subject area, School of Social and Political Science: 

  • Professor Nicola McEwen
  • Dr Andrea Birdsall
  • Dr Mihaela Mihai
  • Dr Coree Brown-Swann
  • The above academic convenors will be supported by Helene Frössling

Convenor biographies are available here and they can be contacted via if you wish to discuss conference-related content and any specific scheduling requests. 

(Above image courtesy of the University of Edinburgh)

Edinburgh International Convention Centre
Morrison Street
EH3 8EE Edinburgh