2022 IGRI Virtual Conference

Advancing the study of institutional dynamics


June 20-22, 2022 


  • Online conference: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm EDT (US/Canada) (8:00 am – 12:00 pm MDT) 
  • ***NEW*** Graduate student workshop (in-person at University of Colorado, Denver):
    1:00 – 4:00 pm MDT) (3-5 pm EDT) 

Aims & Scope

The second annual IGRI virtual conference aims to bring together scholars and practitioners doing research that engages the IG. For the conference, we invite research presentations that report on any methodological, theoretical, and/or empirical/case-specific uses of the Institutional Grammar (IG) to study policy or societal change.

Conference attendance

If you are interested in presenting your research at the conference, please submit a title and abstract of your presentation through the link below by the extended deadline of March 15, 2022. Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words. Please list all contributing authors along with their contact email addresses. No more than two abstracts per lead author will be accepted. 

Once the conference organizers have received all abstract submissions, presentations will be organized into themed panels. Each themed panel will feature several research presentations, followed by an open discussion. Notification of abstract acceptance will be made on March 31, 2022, followed by panel announcements on May 1, 2022. A final conference program will be published by May 5, 2022. Research papers are due to panel discussants by June 6, 2022.

If you are interested in participating in the IGRI research conference but do not wish to present,  you can simply register to attend using the link below. General (non-presenting) conference participants must register for the conference by June 15, 2022. Conference presenters must confirm their presentation and register for the conference by April 15, 2022.

There is no cost to register or participate in the conference.


Running alongside the conference, the IGRI will be hosting a three-day in-person workshop for graduate students at the University of Colorado Denver. The workshop is designed to facilitate learning of the IG and related methods as well as to provide students with networking opportunities. Students will receive research feedback from scholars familiar with the IG, engage in discussions related to their research, and get help with the application of research and analytical methods and the coding of their data. 

The workshop is capped at 15 students. Scholarships are available to support the cost of participation of masters and doctoral students. Information regarding scholarship requests is provided below along with other application details. 

Application materials:

  1. Letter of interest (max. 1,000 words) that addresses the following criteria:
    a. How are you using the IG in your master’s/dissertation research?
    b. How does attending this workshop contribute to your program completion and professional development?
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Letter of support from your advisor
  4. Informal grade transcript
  5. Brief statement indicating the amount of financial support you are requesting. Please also indicate other sources of funding that you may be able to utilize to support your participation.

Interested students should submit their application materials using the link below. Applications are accepted until the extended deadline of March 15, 2022, at 11:59 pm Eastern. Notification of acceptance of workshop application will be on March 31, 2022. 

Important Dates

Submission deadlines & links

Abstract & graduate student workshop application submission deadline extended until: March 15, 2022
To submit your abstract: Submission Closed
To submit your graduate student workshop application: Application Closed 

Research papers due to panel discussants: June 6, 2022

Notification of acceptance 

Notification of acceptance/rejection (abstracts & applications): March 31, 2022

Registration deadlines & links

Registration opens: March 31, 2022
To register (presenters and participants): Follow this link

Conference presenters: Confirmation of presentation and registration deadline is on April 15, 2022
Non-presenting conference participants: Registration deadline is on June 15, 2022

To register (graduate student workshop): Registration closed

Confirmation of workshop attendance and registration deadline (graduate student workshop): April 15, 2022 

Other announcements

Panel announcements: May 1, 2022
Conference program published: May 5, 2022
Conference program: Download here


  • There is no fee to participate or present in the IGRI conference and graduate student workshop.
  • Links to conference panel sessions will be made available to registered participants only.
  • The IGRI encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented groups. 
  • Graduate students can apply to both the conference and the graduate student workshop by submitting separate applications. (Note: There are separate application processes for the conference and the graduate student workshop. Applying for one does not guarantee consideration for the other). 
  • Graduate student funding opportunities may vary and not cover all travel and participation-related expenses.