EPG 2020

Welcome to the 6th Annual Environmental Politics and Governance Conference on June 25 -28, 2020.

Steinsfjorden, bildet tatt fra Kongens utsikt ved Kleivstua

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The University of Oslo, Department of Political Science, will host the 6th Annual Environmental Politics and Governance Conference on June 25-28, 2020, building on the success of previous conferences in Seattle, Zurich/Gerzensee, Bloomington, Stockholm, and Santa Barbara. We call for proposals for papers that address important or innovative research with rigorous quantitative or qualitative research designs in all areas of environmental politics and governance. The main goals of the conference are to showcase the best empirical research on environmental politics and governance from across relevant disciplines and to provide a venue for scholars to strengthen their networks and shape future research directions.

It is probably fair to say that some previous EPG conferences have attracted more quantitative than qualitative papers and more papers focusing on domestic policy or politics than papers addressing international issues. Hoping to obtain a balanced set of papers at the 2020 conference, we particularly call for more proposals of papers using a qualitative approach and more proposals focusing on international research questions. We emphasize, however, that quality will remain the principal selection criterion.


The conference will consist of presentations and discussion in a single plenary session. We will accept proposals for standard research papers, as well as for research designs or pre-analysis plans of ambitious projects that involve primary data collection and that will be implemented in the near future.

The conference will feature a maximum of 40 papers/project plans. All submissions will first be double-blind reviewed by members of the international steering committee. The conference chairs will rely on these reviews when deciding on the final program, with additional attention paid to representing the breadth of approaches and topics on the program.

Note: Proposals by members of the international steering committee will undergo the same procedure.

Submission Process

Paper proposals should consist of electronic submission of an anonymous PDF file with a detailed abstract (of no more than 1,000 words) outlining the research question, theory, data, and methods, along with the contributions to the field of environmental politics and governance. The abstract may include one table or figure, as appropriate. We will consider works in progress only. Please do not submit published, forthcoming, or accepted work. Proposals should be submitted to epg-conf2020@stv.uio.no with the subject “EPG Proposal”. Please list the author(s) in the body of the email submission.


1. Proposal submission deadline: January 15, 2020.

2. Notification of paper acceptance: February 20, 2020.

3. Arrival in Oslo (Kleivstua): June 25, 2020.

4. Conference begins: the evening of Thursday, June 25, 2020.

5. Organized panels: Friday, June 26 and Saturday June 27, 2020.

6. Conference ends: the morning of Sunday, June 28, 2020.

Published Oct. 3, 2019 9:36 AM - Last modified Oct. 16, 2019 5:30 PM