Call for Papers
Third Annual Conference on Environmental Politics & Governance

June 21-24, 2017
Bloomington, Indiana

Hosted by Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs


Dear Colleagues:

Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs, with support 
from the School of Global and International Studies, the Ostrom Workshop’s 
Program on Governance of Natural Resources, and the Integrated Program in the 
Environment,  will host the Third Annual Conference on Environmental Politics & 
Governance in Bloomington, Indiana on June 21-24, 2017. The deadline for 
submitting paper proposals is December 16, 2016.

The 2017 conference builds on the success of the 2015 conference in Seattle, 
Washington and the 2016 conference in Gerzensee, Switzerland. These annual 
conferences aim to showcase outstanding scholarship on Environmental Politics & 
Governance, provide a venue for scholars to present their research, strengthen 
their network, and shape future Environmental Politics & Governance research 
across the social sciences via theoretically informed, methodologically 
rigorous empirical work. We hope this and subsequent conferences will motivate 
Environmental Politics & Governance scholars to advance theoretical insights, 
work with generalizable theories, and use appropriate empirical methods and 

The 2017 conference will be held at Indiana University’s Bloomington campus at 
the School of Public and Environmental Affairs’ brand new Paul H. O’Neill 
Graduate Center. Nested in the rolling landscape of Southern Indiana, the 
Bloomington campus is ranked among the most beautiful campuses in the United 
States. Many of its buildings are constructed with the famed Indiana limestone, 
used in buildings in Washington, DC and elsewhere around the world.

For additional information on the conference, Bloomington, and Indiana 
University, please visit the conference website. You may also email David 
Konisky ( with any questions.

The Environmental Politics & Governance conferences provide a venue for 
intensive and high quality interactions. Consequently, the steering committee 
has decided to limit the size of the conference to about 30 papers. As in 
previous meetings, paper proposals will be reviewed by an international 
steering committee (see below) via a double-blind review process.

There is no conference registration fee, and the sponsors will cover 
accommodation and food expenses for one author per accepted paper. (Note: 
Conference participants are responsible for making their own travel 

Participants should plan to arrive by late afternoon on Wednesday, June 21, 
2017 and to leave on the morning of Saturday, June 24, 2017. Commitment to 
attend the conference for its entire duration is essential.

Submission Process:
Paper proposals should consist of electronic submission of a PDF file that 
includes a detailed abstract of 1,000 words that outlines the research 
question, theory, data, and methods along with the contributions to the 
evolving field of Environmental Politics & Governance. We will consider 
works-in-progress only. Please do not submit published, forthcoming, or 
accepted work.

To submit your paper proposal, please go to the conference website​.

Time Line:
1. Proposal submission deadline: December 16, 2016.
2. Notification of paper acceptance: January 31, 2017.
3. Arrival in Bloomington: the afternoon of Wednesday, June 21, 2017
4. Conference begins: evening of Wednesday, June 21, 2017
5. Organized panels: Thursday, June 22 and Friday June 23, 2017
6. Conference ends: the morning of Saturday, June 24, 2017

Indiana University Steering Committee:
David Konisky (Chair), School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Sanya Carley, School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Dean Lueck, Ostrom Workshop’s Program on Governance of Natural Resources
Ken Richards, School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Jessica Steinberg, School of Global and International Studies
International Steering Committee:
Arun Agrawal, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Liliana Andonova, Graduate Institute for International & Development Studies, 
Thomas Bernauer, ETH Zurich
Xun Cao, Pennsylvania State University
Ashwini Chhatre, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad
Andreas Duit, Stockholm University
Riley Dunlap, Oklahoma State University
Jon Hovi, University of Oslo
Robert Keohane, Princeton University
Vally Koubi, ETH Zurich
Wai-Fung (Danny) Lam, University of Hong Kong
Mark Lubell, UC Davis
Helen Milner, Princeton University
Ronald Mitchell, University of Oregon
Megan Mullin, Duke University
Matthew Potoski, UC Santa Barbara
Aseem Prakash, University of Washington, Seattle
Detlef Sprinz, PIK, Potsdam
Mike Tomz, Stanford University
Hugh Ward, University of Essex​​


Aseem Prakash
Professor, Department of Political Science
Walker Family Professor for the College of Arts and Sciences
Founding Director, UW Center for Environmental Politics
39 Gowen Hall, Box 353530
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-3530

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