Conference on Policy Process Research

The Conference on Policy Process Research (COPPR) advances the scholarship of policy process theory and methods. COPPR 2023 will be hosted by the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs from January 12 -14, 2023. The conference will be held in-person in Denver, Colorado, USA, with some events live-streamed.

COPPR Logo_full color





Register for COPPR 2023



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.

Registration Fees

Students: Free

In-person participants: $250 by November 15 / $350 after November 15

Online participants: $150 by November 15 / $250 after November 15

We also rely on generous support from our institutional and journal sponsors.


May 1 – September 7, 2022:

  • Open call for proposals for papers and panels

September 17, 2022:

  • Notification for acceptance

September 17 – November 15, 2022:

  • Priority registration

January 12 – 14, 2023:

  • Conference


January 12:

  • Plenary Introductory Remarks & Discussions
  • Panels & Roundtables

January 13:

  • Panels & Roundtables
  • Reception

January 14:

  • Panels & Roundtables
  • Plenary Closing Remarks & Discussions

Conference Registration

The Center for Policy and Democracy at the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs invites you to register for the Conference on Policy Process Research (COPPR). Registration includes admission to an evening reception on Friday, January 13, 2022.

Register for COPPR 2023



Conference Hotel

SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown, located within walking distance of the COPPR conference. A block of rooms will be held from Tuesday, January 10 – Saturday, January 14, 2023, for the discounted rate of 179USD per night. The deadline to take advantage of the discounted hotel room price is Monday, December 12, 2022.

Book your hotel stay



Getting Here

Rapid Transit Denver (RTD) offers convenient transport from Denver International Airport to downtown Denver via the A Line. Trains depart to and from the airport every 15 minutes throughout the day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Early morning and late evening trips depart every 30 minutes.

RTD also offers services via the SkyRide Bus. Buses depart from each SkyRide stop on an hourly basis throughout the day and into the late evening. RTD's coach-style SkyRide buses are well equipped to serve passengers traveling with luggage.

Visit the RTD website.

Conference Schedule

Please view the latest conference schedule, which is subject to change over the coming weeks:

COPPR Conference Schedule - last updated 11-10-22

More About the 2023 COPPR Conference

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