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 11-14, 2023. The conference will be held in-person in Denver, Colorado, USA, with some events live-streamed.

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 (Deadline extended from August 15):

  • Open call for proposals for papers and panels

September 15, 2022:

  • Notification for acceptance

September 15 – November 15, 2022:

  • Priority registration

January 11 – 14, 2023:

  • Conference


Workshop Day

January 11:

  • One Full-Day Workshop

Conference Days

January 12:

  • Plenary Introductory Remarks & Discussions
  • Panels & Roundtables

January 13:

  • Panels & Roundtables
  • Reception

January 14:

  • Panels & Roundtables
  • Plenary Closing Remarks & Discussions

Call for Proposals: May 1 August 15, 2022

The Conference on Public Policy Research invites paper, panel, roundtable, and workshop proposals for its inaugural conference on January 11-14, 2023.

We welcome and encourage submissions for papers, full panels, roundtables, and one-day workshops that address COPPR themes, including (1) emphasizing policy process theories and methods that include and span beyond the existing established approaches; (2) offering innovative and emergent ideas about policy processes; (3) providing critical and reflective commentaries about the past, present future states of the field; (4) exploring cross-cutting, integrated research that bridges silos in the field and beyond; and (5) presenting scholarship both polished and still-in-the works.

We welcome submissions of papers and panels by people new and experienced with policy process theories and methods. Efforts will be made by COPPR organizers to integrating people new to the community.

We are also looking for structures to our panels, roundtables, and workshops that are more innovative, inclusive, and engaging than typically seen at other conference. We welcome your creative ideas!  

COPPR is an in-person conference but we will have a limited number of panels and roundtables with hybrid or virtual format dedicated to allowing those unable to attend in person to participate.

We will give strong preference to panels, roundtables, and workshops that incorporate diversity of under-represented and minority communities and is consistent with COPPR’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Decisions for all submissions will be made by September 15, 2022. Registration will begin September 15, 2022.

Submit Proposals


Individual papers will be assigned to a panel by the organizers or may be submitted as part of a pre-designed panel organized by participants.

Do you request funding support (either in lodging or free registration for non-students)?


COPPR provides a separate half-day or day-long workshop on January 11th to allow people to focus deeply on a particular theme. Themes might include – but are not limited to – applying theories and methods, developing dissertations, and more. Please submit Workshop proposals, and in the fall we will open a separate call for participation. Workshop organizers do not have to have a list of participants when submitting an idea.

Do you request funding support (either in lodging or free registration for non-students)?


Panel submissions must not exceed four papers, and we welcome panels with open slots for us to fill in from individual paper submissions.  Authors must submit their paper proposals separately.

Do you request funding support (either in lodging or free registration for non-students)?


Roundtable organizers must submit its format and structure related to COPPR themes. Roundtables do not have paper submissions and focus on discussions.

Do you request funding support (either in lodging or free registration for non-students)?

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
University of Tennessee, Knoxville Department of Political Science
Howard Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, University of Tennessee 
Linda and Peter deLeon Fund for Policy and Democracy