Time and place: June 24June 27, 2021, Voksenåsen hotel, Oslo

The University of Oslo will host the 7th Annual Environmental Politics and Governance Conference on June 24-27, 2021, building on the success of previous conferences in Seattle, Zurich/Gerzensee, Bloomington, Stockholm, and Santa Barbara as well as the 2020 online conference. 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 conference aims 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 2021 conference, we particularly encourage submission of proposals using a qualitative approach and of proposals focusing on international issues. We emphasize, however, that quality will remain the principal selection criterion.



The conference will consist of presentations and discussions 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 32 papers/project plans. All submissions will 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. Please note that proposals submitted or co-authored by members of the international steering committee will undergo the exact same procedure. Participants are expected to provide written comments on two other papers before the start of the conference.

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 <> with the subject “EPG Proposal”. Please list the author(s) in the body of the email submission.



1. Proposal submission deadline: January 15, 2021.

2. Notification of paper acceptance: March 1, 2021.

3. Arrival in Oslo (Voksenåsen): The afternoon of Thursday, June 24, 2021.

4. Conference begins: the evening of Thursday, June 24, 2021.

5. Organized panels: Friday, June 25 and Saturday, June 26, 2021.

6. Conference ends: the morning of Sunday, July 27, 2021.


Please also check the conference website for further updates on logistics in early 2021.


If you have any questions, please feel free to email:

Jon Hovi ( or Tora Skodvin (