Call for papers

The Tenth International Conference in Interpretive Policy Analysis (IPA) will take place in Lille (France) the 8, 9 and 10 July 2015, in the buildings of the University of Lille 2 and Sciences Po Lille. It will be hosted by the Lille Center for European Research on Administration, Politics and Society (CERAPS, CNRS/Université Lille 2).

IPA 2015 uses a two-stage process. There was first of all a call for panels, through which 68 panels were selected by the 2015 Scientific Committee. You will find their list and their presentation by clicking on the button List of panels.

Paper proposals to those panels may be submitted on the conference’s website
from the 9th December 2014 to the 3rd February 2015
Paper proposers will be evaluated by each panel chair and paper acceptance will be notified by mid March 2015.

Regarding accepted paper proposals, full papers will be due one month prior to the conference date: 1st June 2015.

Please note that the conference is panel-based. All paper proposers are intended to locate the most appropriate panel for their work and submit their abstract there. You then need to identify the panel (number and title of the panel) to which you want to send your paper proposal to.

All paper proposals must be submitted via the online form. On the form, you will be asked to provide your first and last names, e-mail address, institutional affiliation; to choose the panel in which you would like to intervene, and to give the title of your paper, an abstract of no more than 500 words and your biographic note.

Paper titles, abstracts and biographic note will be submitted in English only.

To submit a paper proposal, please follow these steps:
Click on the following link to enter your information : Submit Paper Proposal or click on the button : Submit a paper (on the left menu of this webpage).
(If you are not yet registered on the SciencesConf platform, the website will prompt you to do so. After creating an account, you will be able to proceed with your submission).
On submission of the proposal, you will receive an automated email confirming receipt.

The call for paper submissions will close on the 3rd February 2015.

After adding a paper, you can modify any part of the information until the deadline (3rd February 2015).
Once you have keyed in all information necessary, click to submit.

Selected papers from the conference may be considered for a special issue of Critical Policy Studies: editors are Frank Fischer (Rutgers University, USA) and Richard Freeman (Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA); Forum editors are Navdeep Mathur (Indian Institute of Management, India) and Douglas Torgerson (Trent University, Canada). To reach the editorial team of Critical Policy Studies, please contact Helen Hancock at

Selected panels from the conference may be considered for publications in the Springer series entitled “Logic, Reasoning and Argumentation. Interdisciplinary approaches from the Humanities and Social Sciences” developed in partnership with the MESHS (

Note that a number of sessions will be devoted to methodological workshops. The workshop sessions are built on the idea of  “master-classes” in musical studies, where two more experienced researchers will meet a small number of junior researchers to discuss issues regarding the use of a particular methodological strategy or method. Emphasis will be put on questions raised by young researchers whose research will be treated as case studies to generate and engage in relevant methodological issues. Once selected to take part in a workshop session, junior researchers will be asked to introduce their research project in a summary sheet (2 to 3 pages - max, double-spaced 12 point type); it will focus on particular difficulties or methodological issues that have arisen in their research and/or field experiences which researchers would  like to be explored in the workshop.
If you wish to be considered for inclusion in a Methodology Workshop, please submit your proposal to the
"Methodological workshop panel" (N°P67).

Your submission should include:

  • The title of your research project
  • your career stage (e.g., year of your PhD studies, year PhD dissertation defense is anticipated, year of post-doc work and date PhD was received, etc.)
  • a brief description of your research project, its methodological approach and the problem that you would like to discuss

In addition, a poster competition will be organised during the conference. If you wish to participate in the contest to present your doctoral work, you have to make a proposal in the panel "Poster competition" (N°P68) with the title of your doctoral work and a short presentation of it.

Please bear in mind that it is possible to make a proposal for the methodological workshop and/or for the poster competition AND to submit a paper in a traditional panel as well.

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