The Best Postgraduate Conference Paper is chosen from among the postgraduate papers submitted for refereeing prior to the conference. On the basis of referees’ comments (original research; high quality argument; coherent internal organisation) each stream coordinator nominates the best postgraduate paper from their stream.
A small sub-committee then (individually) read and rank these papers, applying the following criteria:
- Degree of originality
- use of appropriate sources;
- coherence of argument;
- sophistication of analysis; and
- clearly meriting publication in a fully refereed political science journal.
All elements of the administration of this prize are undertaken by the hosting university. The winner of the prize will be announced at the APSA annual conference dinner, where the prize of A$1000 will be awarded.
Nominations for the 2020 Prize: TBA
2019: Jordan McSwiney, ‘Social Networks and Digital Organisation: Far Right Parties at the 2019 Australian Federal Election.’
2018: Prudence Brown, ‘We Can’t Live on a Piece of Paper – pragmatism and innovation in parks policy in the Northern Territory.’
2017: Jiye Kim, 'Disputed Waters, Contested Norms: China’s bargaining capability in the South China Sea disputes.'
2016: Trang Dand, ‘From ‘high watermark’ to low ebb? How Aboriginal rights debates in Australia have informed land reform policies in the Northern Territory.’
2015: Sean Barry, ‘Gillard’s clean energy future package - paradigm change minus valence equals failure’
2014: Tu Phuong Nguyen, ‘Rethinking state-labour relations in Vietnam: New institutional dynamics in resolving labour disputes.’