We welcome three types of proposals:

  • Individual presentationsAbstracts should describe the topic, findings and arguments (300 words max). Full papers are encouraged but not required. Papers submitted before the conference can be considered for a journal special issue. (click here to submit)

  • Thematic sessions covering 3–5 presentations. Proposals should include a description of the session topic (300 words max), 3-5 abstracts (each 300 words max), and proposed session chair. Please note that all abstracts will be evaluated individually; organizers may suggest modifications or the combining of sessions. (click here to submit)

  • Special sessions such as policy roundtables or panel debates around a specific topic.  Proposals should include a description of the session design (300 words) and a list of participants. We encourage the submission of innovative sessions, such as roundtables (e.g. with government, industry, and civil society representatives), panel debates, or speed-talks. Please contact conference organizers by email in advance to discuss preliminary ideas: 2018conf@sei.org. (click here to submit)

Presenters and panel participants may include researchers (e.g. economists, modellers, social scientists, and legal scholars), policy-makers, and representatives of the private sector and civil society. All submissions must include a short (200 words or less) biography for each proposed presenter.

The submission deadline is Friday, 23 March 2018. We are sorry, but no submissions will be accepted after that date. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by 23 April.

Themes and topics: Proposals may be submitted under one of the three conference themes, or address topical, region- or context-specific cases that cut across those themes.

Limits per person: While there is no limit on the number of submissions, no individual will be selected for more than one paper/presentation/session.

The organizers are undertaking efforts to secure travel support for participants who are based at institutions in developing countries. To the extent that travel funds are available, they will be disbursed on a merit basis. Acceptance of a paper for presentation does not guarantee travel support.

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