PSA Annual Conference

PSA Annual Conference


Our 73rd Annual Conference, “Political Futures”, convened by the University of Liverpool, will take place from 3 – 5 April 2023.

The final conference programme for PSA23, including the three-day schedule and venues map is now available. This programme includes details and times of  the panels, roundtables, Keynotes, Specialist Group meetings and oonference events

*PSA23 Registration is now closed.*


The Conference Brochure is also available, with loits of useful nformation about the universities and the people involved in bringing PSA23 to you. It also includes information about the keynote speakers, highlighted events to look out for, our publishing events and our exhibitors. It also has a list of great places to eat and dirink close to the conference venues - with many reccomendatons from our colleagues in Liverpool - so do take a look!


The conference is taking place at the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University, with checking in to the event located central to both universities at the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.

The PSA and the convenors from the University of Liverpool have been overwhelmed by the quality and quantity of abstracts submitted, both to the Specialist Groups and through the Open Call, and this conference promises to be one of the most exhilarating ever!

You will need to register to attend the conference via our platform, Ex-Ordo, and we have made this video to guide you through the process. We’ve also created step-by-step guidance which you will find here.

We are also pleased to let you know that we are able to offer special conference rates for accommodation at a number of hotels close to the venue as well as discounted parking courtesy of the Liverpool Convention Bureau. Do check these out below, as well as some of their great attractions for making the most of your time in this vibrant city.

Please note that accepted paper-givers must have registered by 4 February to have their place guaranteed in the programme.



If you aren’t yet a member of the PSA, and would like to benefit from the membership rates to attend conference, then why not join before you register? It’s a quick and easy process and we will confirm your membership is active on receipt of your application and payment. Not only will you then be able to book at the member rate for PSA23, but you will have access to a full range of benefits, support and resources for the next year!

Find out more and join the PSA membership community.


PSA Members

* Please note that Digital participation is only available to CURRENT PSA MEMBERS and non-member international scholars. 

** If you are a retired, school or undergraduate member, please email to receive your discount code.



* Please note that Digital participation is only available to NON-MEMBER INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARS.



  • If you are a UK based PhD student or early career researcher/scholar, who is both a PSA member and an accepted paper-giver, or discussant, at conference, who is unable to get funding from your university? We would like to support you by providing help with your registration and travel costs to attend conference in person. We will prioritise under-represented scholars.
  • If you are a scholar from the Global South who has had their abstract accepted, we will support you with complimentary digital attendance at the conference..
  • Please note that the time to submit an application for our consideration has now ended



A series of global political shocks in the early 2020s triggered intense discussion of future political orders, priorities and possibilities. Covid-19, COP26, the war in Ukraine and the current climate within UK government all underline the limitations of contemporary politics - while providing stark reminders of how today’s political actions will shape humanity’s future.

The University of Liverpool welcomed submissions relating to political futures in the broadest sense. Such contributions included, but were not limited to:

  • utopias and dystopias in political theory
  • the possible futures of democracy and authoritarianism
  • the impact of technological change on political systems
  • long- versus short-term thinking in political debate
  • the challenges of ‘future-proofing’ in public policy
  • generational change and its potential political impact
  • fictional and artistic visions of future politics
  • future political responses to critical risks and vulnerabilities
  • the future of political science and international relations as academic disciplines



Building on the successful format introduced in York for PSA 2022, we are offering a ‘hybrid’ event whereby paper givers, and others, can attend in person or online. Remote attendance will enable access by those PSA members, as well as international scholars, who may find attending an in-person conference challenging. We are hoping to welcome approximately 600+ in-person guests and to accommodate up to 200 digital delegates.

Liverpool will provide an ideal location of relevance to the theme of PSA23: a port city that once pointed to the future, fell victim to a global order that it helped create, and whose past and future continually collide in its present-day political debates about heritage versus development. 

The convening team is led by Professor of Politics, Stuart Wilks-Heeg. Dean of School, Professor Alison Fell said: “We look forward to welcoming you to the University of Liverpool to consider what the politics of the future may look like and humanity’s scope to address the challenges that lie ahead."

Chair of the PSA, Professor Roger Awan-Scully, added: “Liverpool will provide the perfect setting for PSA23. I am already looking forward to the chance for us all to meet in this wonderful city.”



To access the exclusive delegate rates, only available when booked via the Liverpool Convention bureau, please visit the online booking service:

Please note the following deadlines when booking:

  • 18 February 2023: Rooms and Rates are guaranteed to this date. It is therefore advised to book accommodation early as after this date it may not be possible to book rooms at special rates for selected hotels
  • 27 March 2023: Booking Service closes


Navigating your way through the booking service:

  • When you click on the booking service link you will be taken to a page where you will be asked to select your ‘guest type’. Please select one of the following options: ‘Credit Card Guarantee’ or ‘Pro-forma invoice’, then click ‘Make Reservation’
  • By selecting the ‘Credit Card Guarantee’ option, payment will be made upon arrival or departure at the hotel. By requesting a ‘Pro-Forma invoice’, this will be issued and payment required 14 days prior to arrival
  • Select ‘Make Reservation’ which will take you to the main booking page. Please insert your dates in the ‘Check-in’ and ‘Check-out’ fields along with the number of rooms you require and guests per room, then click ‘Search’. A list of available hotels will come up which you can filter by price or alphabetical order


Once you have chosen your hotel, click ‘select’ under the average nightly rate and follow the steps, filling in the fields as required to reserve your accommodation.

If you wish to make a group booking, or you are experiencing any difficulties in completing your booking online, please contact the Liverpool Convention Bureau team at


We thank our lead partners SAGE Publishing for their sponsorship.