Call for papers: ‘Global Governance and Expertise in Policy-making’ (University of South Wales)

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) and Faculty of Business and Society (FBS) at the University of South Wales (USW), UK invites high quality research papers for presentations from post-graduate researchers in social sciences (broadly defined). This conference aims to bring together postgraduate research students from sociology, social policy, international development, political studies, international business and cognate disciplines to present their research ideas/findings on ‘Global Governance and Expertise in Policy-making’. The conference intends to provide postgraduate students with the opportunity to present their research, to meet peers who engage in research in similar topic(s) and to get valuable feedback on their research.

While the notions of global governance and the roles assorted expert actors play in national and global policy-making are subject to variable interpretations, prospective participants are encouraged to think carefully about the rigour of their research papers while at the same time be innovative, critical and ambitious within the remit/scope of the main theme of the conference.

The conference is aimed at research students of all levels and encourages submission of an abstract or short proposal (maximum 1 page) for paper presentations. We seek both theoretical and empirical contributions in unpacking how the research papers might help ‘turning research into action’. The conference therefore would provide a platform for early-stage researchers to present their work in a supportive and constructive environment and reflect upon the impact their research might achieve. 

Travel Bursary:

There is no registration fee for selected participants. Participants are strongly advised to seek their own institutional and other alternative funding to attend the conference. However, some bursaries towards travel and accommodation are available (maximum £205 against original receipts). In exceptional cases (e.g. participants coming from outside the UK) one night of accommodation can also be organized at USW student halls of residence (subject to availability).

Places are limited.

Abstracts, registrations of interest and enquiries should be sent to: Dr Palash Kamruzzaman (

Key dates:

Date for Conference: 14 September (provisional, near this time).

Deadline for submission of Abstract/short paper proposal: 27 June 2018

Notification of acceptance: 11 July 2018

Deadline for submitting full paper (for the best paper prize): 31 August 2018

We are pleased to announce that this year our keynote speaker will be Dr Andrew Thompson (

Prizes: A prize of £250 will be awarded to the best paper/presentation.

The link for the call for paper is: