How do I submit an abstract or session proposal?

The submission deadline was April 4, and we are no longer accepting proposals. We welcomed three types of proposals: for individual papers, for thematic sessions covering 3–5 papers, and for special sessions such as policy roundtables, panel debates or speed-talks. Notifications of acceptance will be sent on 23 April 2018.

I have an idea for a session. Should I confirm the speakers before submitting a proposal?

For thematic sessions, speakers should submit individual abstracts in addition to the session proposal, so these speakers would need to be confirmed. For special sessions, no further abstracts are required. However, providing as much detail as possible, including the names of confirmed speakers, is highly recommended. For further questions, please contact

When will a conference programme be available?

A draft detailed programme will be posted on this website in early summer. An overview of the conference themes is available here.

Will accommodation be provided?

All participants will need to arrange their own travel and accommodation. A block of rooms has been reserved at a discounted rate at Queens College. Further information about booking rooms with Queens College will be made available shortly. More information about travelling to Oxford will be made available in due course.

How do I register for the conference?

Registration is required for all participants. We will have about 100 seats available, which will be allocated with a view to including a wide range of perspectives, including developed, emerging and developing economies, as well as a mix of researchers, policy-makers, business, civil society and students. Registration will open at the end of April 2018. More information will follow on this website.

Is financial support available for attending the conference?

We have limited support for participants from developing countries. When submitting your abstract, please indicate if you would like to be considered for financial support. Only participants whose abstracts have been accepted will be eligible for financial support.

Are there guidelines for the presentation of papers?

Depending on the design and number of presentations in a given session, each presenter will likely have about 10–15 minutes for presentation. We encourage engaging, graphics-rich presentations that highlight key policy issues and invite discussion; this is not a traditional academic conference.

Are there guidelines for full papers?

Given that this is an interdisciplinary and international conference, participants are encouraged to draw on their own disciplinary or local norms and standards for paper length and format. However, the recommended maximum length is 6,000 words. The scientific quality of your paper is most important. Please note that the deadline for submission of full papers is 31 August 2018. Submitted papers will be considered for a journal Special Issue.

When will I know what day and time I will present?

The draft programme will indicate the speakers for each conference session. The precise timing of individual presentations may be subject to adjustment up to the start of the conference in order to accommodate last-minute changes.

Has my abstract been accepted?

By 23 April 2018, abstracts authors will be informed by email about the outcome of the review process. If you do not receive notification by that date, contact the conference organizers at Please first check to see if your spam filter may have blocked the email.