November 2017 newsletter

Welcome to the November edition of our newsletter, which includes:

  1. PSA Parliaments Annual Conference – Reminder
  2. REF Panels for 2021 – nominations
  3. PSA Annual Conference 2018
  4. Recently on the blog

If you have any notices / messages you would like us to circulate to the group, please let us know (including events, new research projects, grants, publications, etc.). Or other ideas for the group and feedback for us, they’re welcome too!

Best wishes,
Marc (@marcgeddes), Louise (@LouiseVThompson), Alex (@A_Meakin) and Leanne (@LeanneMarieC)

1 Reminder: Annual Conference, 17 November

A reminder that registration for the PSA Parliaments 2017 conference is still open – but will close on 10 November. Please follow this link to register.

Our conference will take place at the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh on Friday, 17 November.

The conference is open to members of the Political Studies Association and/or the Study of the Scottish Parliament Group. We welcome people working in different subject areas whose research can offer new insights into the study of parliaments and promote inter-disciplinary cooperation.

For further information about the conference, please click here, or get in touch with Marc Geddes ( and / or Louise Thompson (

Remember: please register by 10 November.

2 Would you like to nominate someone to take part in a REF 2021 panel?

As you may be aware, the call for REF panel members has now opened. We are keen to put forward someone from our group to ensure that our sub-discipline is represented. You can find out more information about what this would involve on the REF website.  If you would like to nominate a member of our group, or if you would be interested in putting yourself forward, please get in touch with us by Friday 10th December 2017.

3 PSA Annual Conference 2018

Thank you all for submitting papers to our PSA Annual Conference panels. We have a great line up, with six panels and 24 papers covering everything from enhancing parliamentary democracy to organising and managing parliaments. There will also be an exciting panel with four of the current House of Commons academic fellows (a great opportunity to find out about their research, but also to discuss the practicalities of being a fellow) and a joint panel with several other specialist groups exploring populism in political systems. See our website for the full list of papers and panels.

4 Recently on the blog


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