From 14 September 2017 08:00 to 17 September 2017 16:00

WINIR, Institutions & Open Societies

As the IOS research programme we’re proud to announce the Fourth WINIR Conference will be in Utrecht this September (14-17).  Democracies and open societies have recently suffered a number of setbacks. As the adverse impacts of financial crises, inequalities in wealth and income, globalized trade and capital mobility have become more pronounced the world is increasingly threatened by authoritarian populism. In this context of turmoil, many of the accepted doctrines and policies that had previously been taken for granted have been challenged, and concerns have been raised regarding the possible futures of economically and politically "open societies". 

The Fourth WINIR Conference is set against this backdrop. The conference especially welcomes contributions from any academic discipline that address the challenges and dynamics of the economic, political, legal and social institutions of our time. Submissions on any other aspect of institutional research are also welcome. 

Keynote lectures

Rrepresenting three academic discriplines, key note lectures will be given by: 

  • Johanna Mair (Hertie School of Governance, management) 
  • James Robinson (University of Chicago, politics) 
  • Juliet Schor (Boston College, sociology)

The conference will also feature a round table on "ICT, Open Societies and New Institutions" with José van Dijck, Haroon Sheikh (Dasym Investment Strategies, philosophy) and Fredrik Söderqvist (Unionen, economics), and will be preceded by a PhD workshop.  

Call for papers

Abstract submissions (300 words max.) from any discipline and theoretical approach are welcome. All submission must be about institutions, organisations and/or institutional thought. Read more about the call for papers.

Please note the following important dates:

13 March 2017    Abstract submission deadline
30 March 2017    Notification of acceptance
31 March 2017     Registration opens
15 May 2017     Early registration deadline
31 July 2017   Registration deadline for accepted authors
1 August 2017    Non-registered authors removed from programme
15 August 2017   Registration deadline for non-presenters
16 August 2017   Late surcharge applies
1 September 2017   Full paper submission deadline
14- 17 September   WINIR Conference



Institutions are the stuff of social and economic life. Institutions, broadly defined as systems of established social rules, are key factors in explaining human well-being, economic performance and social evolution. Officially launched in October 2013 WINIR brings together researchers devoted to the study of the nature, function, evolution, and impact of the institutions and organisations of economic and social life.WINIR organises conferences, workshops, and hosted conference sessions around the world. All WINIR events are explicitly about institutions (or organisations), and/or address institutional thought, from any academic discipline.

Start date and time
14 September 2017 08:00
End date and time
17 September 2017 16:00
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