8th Annual Conference on Environmental Politics & Governance Call for Papers

8th Annual Conference on Environmental Politics & Governance (EPG) Call for Papers June 28 – July 1, 2022, at Penn State

Hosted by the School of Public Policy

Co-hosts: College of the Liberal Arts, Department of Political Science, Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE), McCourtney Institute for Democracy, and Social Science Research Institute (SSRI)                      

Penn State will host the 8th Annual Environmental Politics and Governance (EPG) Conference on June 28 – July 1, 2022, building on the success of previous conferences in Seattle, Zurich, Bloomington, Stockholm, Santa Barbara, and Oslo. The conference's primary goals are to showcase the best empirical research on environmental politics and governance from across relevant disciplines and provide a venue for scholars to strengthen their networks and shape future research directions. We request proposals for papers that address important or innovative theoretical ideas with rigorous quantitative or qualitative research designs in all areas of research on the economic, policy, and political aspects of climate change, energy, and the environment. Penn State will provide lodging and cover local food expenses for conference participants.



The conference will consist of panels with research presentations and discussions as well as plenary sessions. The conference will feature around 40 papers reviewed by the international steering committee and selected by the conference co-chairs. All papers will first be double-blind reviewed by members of the international steering committee. (Proposals by members of the international steering committee will undergo the same procedure.) The conference co-chairs will rely on these reviews when deciding on the final program. 


Submission Process

Paper proposals should consist of 1): a title page of the proposal paper with author names and contact information; and 2): an anonymous PDF file with a paper title and a detailed abstract of no more than 1,000 words that outlines 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. Authors of an accepted proposal are expected to share the paper with conference participants two weeks before the conference.

Send proposals to epg8-2022@psu.edu, with the subject "EPG 2022 Proposal," and list the authors in the body of the email submission.



There is no conference registration fee. Penn State will provide food as well as lodging from June 28-30 at the Graduate State College Hotel for one presenter per accepted paper. Participants are responsible for their travel to State College.

The State College Airport (SCE) is within a 15-minute drive from the conference hotel, and the hotel provides a shuttle van. The State College Airport (SCE) has direct connections to Chicago, Detroit, Dulles (DC), and Philadelphia. State College is also within a reasonable distance for driving from places such as Pittsburgh (2.5 hours), DC (3-3.5 hours), Philadelphia (3.5 hours), and NYC (4-4.5 hours). There are also buses (e.g., Megabus) going to/from Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and NYC.

Participants should plan to arrive on Tuesday, June 28 by late afternoon and depart on Friday, July 1, in the afternoon. Only those who can attend the entire conference will be invited to participate. 



1. Proposal submission deadline: January 15, 2022.

2. Notification of paper acceptance: February 15, 2022.

3. Conference begins: (reception) around 5 pm on Tuesday, June 28, 2022.

4. Conference ends: around noon of Friday, July 1, 2022.


Conference Hosts:

Email conference co-chairs with any questions.

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