Due to recent evolution of COVID-19 in Switzerland the registration platform is temporarily suspended until the beginning of January. 
The conference will be offered in a hybrid format (combination of physical and online participation).

Swiss Political Science Association (SPSA) Annual Congress 2022

COVID-19 evolution and Congress registration

We are closely following the recent evolution of COVID-19 in Switzerland and in Europe as well as possible future restrictions that could have an impact on our 2022 Congress to be held on 3-4 February at the University of Lausanne. To date, the Congress can still be held in its traditional format (as a face-to-face event), but we are working on a hybrid solution (online and face-to-face event) to allow everyone to participate even in case of future public events or travel restrictions.

Due to this uncertainty, we have therefore decided to temporarily suspend the registration platform and postpone it until the beginning of January. At that time we hope it will be clear if we can offer an hybrid solution (combination of physical and online participation) or must unfortunately organize a purely online congress. This will allow us to offer to every participant different registration options and fees (physical or online participation, with cheaper fees for the second solution) that will be better adapted for the hybrid format of the congress, or, in the worst case, for a purely online solution. 

Guide for authors

Key Dates

  • Online registration January 2022
  • Deadline for final paper submission: 15.01.2022

Local organising committee
Lysiane Adamini, Roberto Di Capua, Rahel Kunz, André Mach, Lucile Maertens, Martino Maggetti, Sean Müller, Matthieu Niederhauser, Jan-Erik Refle, Timo Walter.

We look forward to seeing you at the annual SPSA Congress in Lausanne!


The annual Congress of the SPSA 2022 will take place on the campus of the University of Lausanne on the 3rd and 4th of February 2022 and organized by the Institute of Political Studies of th UNIL.

The general conference theme will be focused on the politics of crisis. Since the beginning of 2020, COVID-19 is profoundly affecting our everyday life and raises numerous questions on the social and political implications of the pandemic, and the political responses to this public health crisis. Despite the singularity of the current crisis, it also requires addressing broader questions in relation to ongoing political, social, economic, financial, and environmental transformations. More specifically, what are the impacts of crises like the COVID-19 on the public opinion? What are political actors’ strategies from the local to the transnational level? How do crises affect public policy and multilevel governance arrangements? How do countries and national institutions and political actors react to these disruptions? How have these changes affected political processes and outputs? What may explain divergences or similarities in these reactions? Is it possible to distinguish between short term reactions to an urgent situation, and more long-term impact on the functioning of public policy and politics in general?

Some of these questions will be addressed during the plenary session with a specific focus on the political impact of COVID-19. The keynote speech will be held by Giliberto Capano, Professor of Public Policy at the University of Bologna, specialist in public administration and public policy in comparative perspective. His recent works specifically relate to the political reactions to COVID-19 in Italy and abroad.

The keynote speech will be followed by a roundtable dealing with the broader issue of crisis management (including for instance the climate emergency and the financial crisis).