Conference on Policy Process Research

The Conference on Policy Process Research (COPPR) advances the scholarship of policy process theory and methods. The inaugural COPPR 2023 was hosted by the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs from January 12 -14, 2023. Visit the new COPPR website:

COPPR Mission and Impacts

The Conference on Policy Process Research (COPPR) mission is to advance the scholarship of policy process theory and methods. It embraces a broad interpretation of theories and methods, supporting a plurality of theoretical perspectives. It welcomes both emergent and established theories and methods and questions of what it means to conduct science and engage with our communities. COPPR seeks to support both established and emerging research communities and build bridges among them. COPPR includes critical assessments of the lessons learned from the past, challenges to contemporary boundaries, proposals for innovative research agendas, and arguments of what our future should be.

COPPR targets seven components of policy process research:

  1. Advancing research within policy process theories and methods;
  2. Developing connections between different theories and methods;
  3. Establishing a critical, constructive, creative, and congenial culture; 
  4. Enlarging the network among policy process researchers, particularly among under-represented and minority communities;
  5. Mentoring students and early career researchers;
  6. Learning from our history and supporting innovative and emergent ideas for our future;
  7. Engaging the challenges facing society and developing scholarship that advances human dignity.
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2023 COPPR Photos

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More About the 2023 COPPR Conference

  • Center for Policy and Democracy Hosts Inaugural Conference on Policy Process Research on Auraria Campus

    Feb 27, 2023 by Toula Wellbrook
    CU Denver’s new Center for Policy Democracy, (CPD) housed at the School of Public Affairs and co-directed by Professors Tanya Heikkila and Chris Weible, hosted the inaugural Conference on Policy Process Research (COPPR) on the Auraria Campus from January 12 to 14, 2023. Of the nearly 400 policy process researchers who attended the hybrid conference, more than half represented institutions outside the U.S. An evening reception was hosted at the Tivoli Turnalle on January 13.
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Denver is the capital of Colorado and the second-largest city in the Mountain West region of the United States. Known as "The Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 5,280 feet (1,600 m) above sea level and lies where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains. Denver is home to nearly 700,000 people in a fast-growing metropolitan area of nearly 3.5 million people. The city embraces its cowboy and mining past but also looks toward the future with a thriving innovative economy, vibrant arts scene, dozens of great outdoor festivals, and distinct neighborhoods, each offering a unique experience. You'll find everything a cosmopolitan city has to offer, including spectacular views of, and easy access to, the beautiful Rocky Mountains.

Downtown Denver and the campus is approximately 26 miles from the airport and takes 40 minutes by light rail. Information about recommended lodging will be provided in fall 2022.

COPPR acknowledges that under-represented and minority communities (women, ethnic or racial minorities, people who identify as LGBTQ+, Indigenous peoples, first-generation university students, early career scholars, persons with disabilities, international students, English-as-subsequent-language learners, people from lower socio-economic backgrounds, and scholars in the Global South) encounter harmful biases in academia.

COPPR aims to address these inequities through the following actions:

  • Recruiting a diverse and inclusive Organizing Committee
  • Committing to represent diverse authors and voices in COPPR
  • Humbly listening to critiques of our practices from under-represented and minority communities to make COPPR structures, processes, and outcomes as equitable as possible.
  • Structuring COPPR to support the voices and perspectives of under-represented and minority communities
  • Offering travel or conference support to under-represented and minority communities

Mindful of these purposes, COPPR remains dedicated to the continual evaluation, reflection, and innovation in all its endeavors.


Tanya Heikkila, University of Colorado Denver, USA
Michael D. Jones, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA 
Chris Weible, University of Colorado Denver, USA
Allegra Fullerton, Student Coordinator, University of Colorado Denver, USA

Organizing Committee

Gwen Arnold, University of California, Davis, USA
Paul Cairney, University of Stirling, UK
Claire A. Dunlop, University of Exeter, UK
Raul Pacheco-Vega, Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), Mexico 
Evangelia Petridou, Mid Sweden University, Sweden
Osmany Porto de Oliveira, Federal University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Caroline Schlaufer, University of Bern, Switzerland
Saba Siddiki, Syracuse University, USA
Mallory SoRelle, Duke University, USA 
Samuel Workman, West Virginia University, USA 

Journal Sponsors

Policy & Politics
Policy Studies Journal
Review of Policy Research

Institutional Sponsors

School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver
Center for Policy and Democracy, University of Colorado Denver
Department of Political Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Institute for Policy Research and Public Affairs, West Virginia University 
Linda and Peter deLeon Fund for Policy and Democracy

Thank you to our COPPR 2023 sponsors!

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Linda and Peter deLeon Fund for Policy and Democracy

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