CANCELLED: PSA Annual International Conference 2020

6th - 8th April 2020, Edinburgh




It is with great sadness that the Political Studies Association (PSA) must announce that our annual international conference in Edinburgh (6-8 April 2020) has been cancelled. This includes the PSA’s Undergraduate Conference (3 April) as well as all additional events associated with our presence in the Scottish capital.


As colleagues will appreciate, this difficult decision has been made after reviewing the situation both internationally and in the United Kingdom. This follows weeks of close consultation with trustees, staff and the conference convenors at the University of Edinburgh.


Given the current concerns on the COVID-19 outbreak, the risks posed to travel and large gatherings, and our primary responsibility to the health and welfare of our members, our delegates, our staff and our guests, the PSA has been left with no choice than to cancel the event.


REFUND FAQ's can be seen here. 

The 70th PSA Annual Internation Conference is held in partnership with the University of Edinburgh, Marketing Edinburgh, and Visit Scotland

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 Deadlines:

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

Registration fees are as follows:

PSA Membership and the Early Bird Rates: If you would like to renew your membership or 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. We are delighted to announce that we will be joined by Jackie Kay, the Scots Makar, as our after-dinner speaker. 


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