5th Annual Conference on Environmental Politics & Governance

Conference Agenda

5th Annual Conference on Environmental Politics & Governance
June 27 – 29, 2019
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.A.

Hosted by University of California, Santa Barbara
Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
Department of Political Science

The University of California, Santa Barbara will host the 5th Annual Environmental Politics and Governance Conference on June 27-29, 2019, building on the success of previous conferences in Seattle, Zurich, Bloomington, and Stockholm. We request proposals for papers that address important or innovative theoretical ideas 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.


A significant majority of the conference will consist of presentations and discussion in a single plenary session. Depending on the proposals and interest, we may organize smaller group, interactive sessions that involve intensive feedback for a few papers or research plans. 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. Please indicate in your proposal if you are interested in having your work discussed in the interactive format. All proposals will automatically be considered for plenary panel presentations.

The conference will feature 32-42 papers reviewed by the international steering committee and selected by the conference chairs. All papers 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 topics and new research in environmental politics and governance on the program.

(Note: Proposals by members of the international steering committee will undergo the same procedure. The conference chairs have recused themselves from presenting at the conference.)

Submission Process

Paper proposals should consist of electronic submission of an anonymous PDF file with a detailed abstract of 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. Proposals should be submitted at the EPG Conference Submission Portal (https://goo.gl/forms/uJiHT5xGg0MUoWWD2) .


The 2019 conference will be held at the University of California, Santa Barbara Faculty Club. The meeting space overlooks the ocean and is a five minute walk to the beach. The Santa Barbara airport (SBA) is minutes away from the conference venue. Bus service runs approximately every two hours from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Santa Barbara, with the trip taking approximately two hours in one direction. All conference participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to Santa Barbara. The organizers will provide assistance in reaching the conference venue from Santa Barbara airport or from local bus and train stations.

There is no conference registration fee and the organizers will cover local food expenses for one author per accepted paper. Participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses. The organizers will have limited support to cover lodging expenses for doctoral students and scholars from developing countries. A small amount of financial assistant may be available for other scholars. Please contact the conference organizers at <epg2019@bren.ucsb.edu> to inquire about possibilities. There is limited space available for co-authors, who will have to pay for their own travel, lodging, and food expenses.

Participants should plan to arrive on Thursday, June 27 by mid-afternoon and depart on Sunday, June 30 in the morning. Only those who can attend the entire conference will be invited to participate.


  1. Proposal submission deadline: January 15, 2019.
  2. Notification of paper acceptance: February 15, 2019.
  3. Arrival in Santa Barbara: June 27, 2019.
  4. Conference begins: evening of Thursday, June 27, 2019.
  5. Organized panels: Friday, June 28 and Saturday June 29, 2019.
  6. Conference ends: the morning of Sunday, June 30, 2019.

Feel free to email Mark Buntaine <buntaine@bren.ucsb.edu> or the conference co-chairs with any questions. Please also check the conference website for further updates on logistics in early-2019.

Conference Hosts

Mark Buntaine, Conference Chair
Sarah Anderson, Conference Co-Chair
Matto Mildenberger, Conference Co-Chair
Matthew Potoski, Conference Co-Chair

International Steering Committee

Arun Agrawal, University of Michigan
Michaël Aklin, University of Pittsburgh
Liliana Andonova, The Graduate Institute Geneva
Kerry Ard, The Ohio State University
Patrick Bayer, University of Glasgow
Thomas Bernauer, ETH Zurich
Xun Cao, Pennsylvania State University
Andreas Duit, Stockholm University
Jennifer Hadden, University of Maryland
Jon Hovi, University of Oslo
Sara Hughes, University of Toronto
David Konisky, Indiana University Bloomington
Vally Koubi, ETH Zurich
Sijeong Lim, University of Korea
Mark Lubell, University of California, Davis
Megan Mullin, Duke University
Aseem Prakash, University of Washington
Detlef Sprinz, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Mike Tomz, Stanford University
Rama Mohana Turaga, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad