Category: Call for Papers
Subject: Final Call: Environmental Governance Conference: Seattle May 14-16, 2015
DEADLINE: Monday, November 3, 9:00 am Pacific Time
Call for Papers
Richard Wesley Conference on Environmental Politics & Governance
University of Washington, Seattle
May 14-16, 2015
Center for Environmental Politics
University of Washington, Seattle(http://depts.washington.edu/envirpol/)
University of Washington’s Center for Environmental Politics is organizing an
international conference on Environmental Politics and Governance (EPG) in
Seattle on May 14-16, 2015. The conference aims to showcase the cutting edge
scholarship on EPG, provide a venue for scholars to present their research and
network, and shape future EPG research across subfields in political science
(American, Comparative, and International), or other social sciences.
Agenda and Rationale
Few will deny the importance of environmental challenges in the contemporary
era. As scholars we are asked by policy practioners for solutions to
environmental challenges. Universities increasingly are recognizing the immense
interest among students for environmental courses. The Nobel Prize to Elinor
Ostrom for her work on common-pool resources showed that international
community recognizes the scholarly contributions of EPG scholars. Yet, and
tragically so, EPG remains an under-studied area in political science and in
other social sciences as well. One reason is that the study of EPG tends to
take place in different subfields. This silo approach leads to inadequate
sharing and accumulation of knowledge, and the tendency to work with
issue-focused frameworks instead of generalizable theories. We hope this and
subsequent conferences will motivate EPG scholars to advance theoretical
insights, work with generalizable theories, and use cutting-edge empirical
Why focus on politics and governance? Although there has been substantial
progress in the development of technical and scientific knowledge about the
causes of several environmental problems, the translation of these ideas into
politically feasible policy regimes has been a major stumbling block. The
repeated lessons of these failures underscore the basic point that
environmental issues pose important political challenges that need to be
addressed with equal footing to their economic and technical dimensions.
This conference will provide a forum for EPG scholars to present research and
develop research networks with the objective to push the frontiers of knowledge
via theoretically informed, rigorous empirical work. The format of the
conference will allow for substantial give and take, and opportunities to
network with others.
The 2015 conference will be held at the bucolic Islandwood conference facility
near Seattle (http://www.islandwood.org/gatherings-and-events/lodging). With
its majestic Northwest architecture and the location on Bainbridge Island, this
facility provides an ideal venue for EPG scholars to meet, network, and present
their work. Recognizing that conference participants confront issues of
information overload and cabin fever, we will leave ample time for them to
enjoy the beautiful Northwest surroundings. To top it all, the food at this
resort is excellent, a testimony to the reputation of Seattle as a foodie city!
We will email information on logistics to conference participants in due
course. For planning purposes, participants should plan on arriving by late
afternoon on Thursday 14 May and leave on the morning of Sunday May 17.
This conference has been made possible by the generous gift of Dr. Richard
Wesley, who is a longtime supporter and benefactor of University of
Washington’s Department of Political Science and has a strong interest in
environmental issues. Thanks to his gift, the Center for Environmental Politics
will defray the following costs (for one participant per paper only).
- Lodging and food (3 nights, May 14, 15 & 16).
- Economy Airfare and local travel expenses up to $500 for participants from
North America and $1,000 for participants from others part of the world.
There are no conference fees. We have reserved a limited number of rooms in the
Islandwood facility for participants. Should a co-author desire to attend at
their own expense, please contact us upon acceptance to explore relevant
An international steering committee of leading EPG scholars will review paper
proposals. Through a double-blind review process, this committee will identify
the most promising paper proposals.
Paper proposals should consist of electronic submission of a Word document with
a cover page listing authors, affiliations, and contact information; and up to
two pages of a paper abstract that details the relevance of the work to the EPG
literature. To submit your paper proposal, please go to the Center’s website
(http://depts.washington.edu/envirpol/) and click on “2015 conference” (top
We will consider work-in-progress only. Please DO NOT submit published,
forthcoming, or accepted work.
1. Proposal submission deadline: November 3, 2014.
2. Notification of paper acceptance: January 15, 2015.
3. Arrival in Seattle: the afternoon of Thursday, May 14, 2015
4. Conference begins: evening of May 14, 2015.
5. Organized panels: Friday, May 15 and Saturday May 16, 2015.
6. Conference ends: the morning of Sunday, May 17, 2015
Aseem Prakash, University of Washington, Seattle
Peter J. May, University of Washington, Seattle
Arun Agrawal, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Liliana Andonova, Graduate Institute for International & Development Studies,
Thomas Bernauer, ETH Zurich, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
Xun Cao, Pennsylvania State University
Ashwini Chhatre, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad
Stephen Dovers, Australian National University
Andreas Duit, Stockholm University
Riley Dunlap, Oklahama State University
Adrienne Heritier, EUI Florence
Robert Keohane, Princeton University
David Konisky, Georgetown University
Wai-Fung (Danny) Lam, University of Hong Kong
Mark Lubell, UC Davis
Helen Milner, Princeton University
Ronald Mitchell, University of Oregon
Matthew Potoski, UC Santa Barbara
Hugh Ward, University of Essex