Politics and Social Sciences (POLSS@DSC)

We are looking for the latest research on issues related to current politics and society. The topics covered are indicative examples of what this research could be about, though it is in no way limited to them. Doctoral students, researchers, academics and practitioners are all welcome to apply.


Topics could be related but not restricted to the following areas:

  • European Studies
    • European Union Integration
    • European Union regionalism in South East Europe
    • European Union Common and Security Policy
    • European Union neighbourhood policy
    • The future of the European Monetary Union
  • International Relations and Regional Politics
    • Security issues in the South East Mediterranean
    • Energy Security
    • Exclusive Economic Zones
    • Middle East politics
    • The Syrian civil war crisis
    • Turkey as a regional actor
    • Israel as a regional actor
    • Western Balkans and South Eastern Europe
    • Russia in the world
    • Global Governance
    • International Political Economy
  • Crisis of democracy and of democratic institutions
    • Electoral Behavior at the local and EU levels throughout the crisis
    • Protest votes, void ballots and abstention
    • Nationalism and the rise of the extreme right
    • Public opinion
    • Protest movements
    • Civil Society
    • Media and Politics
  • Greece
    • Public sector reform and changes in the labor market in Greece
    • Greek foreign policy
    • Greek energy policy
    • Greek Politics
  • Urban Studies and Sociology
    • Urban Sociology
    • Urban Geography
    • Modern Sociological Theory
  • Environmental issues and development
    • Climate Change
    • Poverty and vulnerability issues
    • Development and Sustainability

Target Audience

  • Doctoral students
  • Masters research Students
  • Junior Researchers
  • Practitioners

Important Dates

Short or Full paper submission: Strict Deadline: Monday 11th May 2015

Notification of acceptance: Monday 8th June 2015

Response to reviewers comments and submission of FINAL camera-ready paper: Friday 26th June 2015

Publication of Conference Programme: Friday 10th July 2015

Submission Details

Depending on the stage of your research, you can submit either a short paper (3-5 pages) or a full paper (8-15 pages). In either case, the structure to be followed is given below. All papers should be submitted in English and use the MS word template provided below. Short or Full papers for POLSS should be submitted as a word or Pdf document by Monday 11th May 2015 through the EasyChair Conference Management System, at this link.

Authors of either short or full papers should download and use the following template: DSC2015-POLSS-paper-template.doc

Structure of full paper (8-15 pages)

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Literature Review
  • Data and Methodology
  • Empirical Analysis
  • Conclusions
  • References
  • Appendix

Structure of short paper (3-5 pages)

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Literature Review
  • Proposed Methodology
  • Conclusions
  • References
  • Appendix

For any additional information please contact us on POLSS@seerc.org

Review Process

All submitted papers will undergo a double peer-review process by members of the Scientific Committee. Authors of accepted papers will be invited to present their work at the conference and will be asked to submit the final versions of their papers to be included in the conference proceedings. During the conference, each paper will be presented in front of a panel of experts consisting of academics with significant research expertise and experience in supervising doctoral students. Each presentation will be followed by feedback from the members of the panel and questions from the audience. In addition to the discussions that will be held during the presentations, there will be general discussion sessions guided by the members of the expert panels, addressing various issues relating to research methodology and PhD work.

Publication of Best Papers

Authors of selected best papers will be invited to submit extended versions for publication in the International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development. The invited submissions will follow a separate double-blind reviewing procedure according to the standards of the journal.

All accepted papers that are presented in the DSC2015 will be indexed in EBSCO

Best Paper Award

If you wish your paper to be considered for the Best Paper Award, you should indicate this along with your submission.