6th International Conference in Interpretive Policy Analysis:
Discursive Spaces. Politics, Practices and Power

Dates Thursday June 23 – Saturday June 25, 2011

Location Cardiff University, Wales, UK

Inquiries to IPA-2011@cardiff.ac.uk

Conference website www.ipa-2011.cardiff.ac.uk

Supported by ESRC Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability & Society

Interpretive approaches are experiencing renewed interest and revitalisation in the social sciences quite broadly. Their sensitivity to social meaning, historical context, and the importance of human subjecti­vi­ty has increasingly challenged the empiricist, positivist and scientist mainstream that has been dominant in recent decades. In policy analysis, these characteristics often link interpretive methods to critical approa­ches which place policy research in its relevant political and historical contexts. This 6th Con­ference (following the successful Birmingham, Amsterdam, Essex, Kassel and Grenoble conferences) investigates links of the interpretive tradition to new topics, venues and methodological challenges.

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Download description of all accepted panels (PDF)

Organizing Committee at Cardiff University

Peter H. Feindt, School of City and Regional Planning (Conference Chair)
Gillian Bristow, School of City and Regional Planning
Alistair Cole, School of European Studies
Robert Evans, School of Social Sciences
Andrew Flynn, School of City and Regional Planning
Terry Marsden, Sustainable Places Research Institute (SPRINT)
Kevin Morgan, School of City and Regional Planning
Ken Peattie, ESRC Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and  Society (BRASS)
Fulong Wu, School of City and Regional Planning

Conference Advisory Board

Frank Fischer, Rutgers University, New Jersey (USA)/Kassel University (Germany)
Herbert Gottweis, University of Vienna (Austria)
Steven Griggs, University of Birmingham (UK)
Navdeep Mathur, India Institute of Management, Ahmedabad  (IND)
Aletta Norval, University of Essex (UK)
Dvora Yanow, University of Amsterdam (NL)
Henk Wagenaar, Leiden University (NL)
Philippe Zittoun, University of Lyon / IEP Grenoble (FR)

Methodology Workshops Organizing Committee

Alex Franklin, SPRINT, Cardiff University (UK) (Chair)
Barbara Dickhaus, University of Kassel (Germany)
Anna Durnova, University of Vienna (Austria)
Antonia Graf, University of Muenster (Germany)
Stephen Jeffares, Birmingham University (UK)
Sonia Lemettre, University of Grenoble (FR)
Michael Lennon, CPLAN, Cardiff University (UK)
Graham Walker, University of Essex (UK)
Diego Vazquez-Brust, BRASS, Cardiff University (UK)
Dvora Yanow, University of Amsterdam (NL) (Advisor)