Established 1991   Number of members: >350

Established as the ‘Green Politics Standing Group’ in 1991 by Dick Richardson, the Group was re-named the ‘Standing Group on Environmental Politics’ (SGEP) in 2012 to reflect the maturing and broadening of our field.

Aims and objectives

The Standing Group on Environmental Politics aims to:

  • Serve as a network hub for researchers in the field of environmental politics;
  • Facilitate electronic and face-to-face dialogue among scholars working on environmental political topics, particularly in (but not limited to) European countries;
  • Promote the study of environmental politics within the political science community; and
  • Support environment-related Workshops and Panels at ECPR conferences by helping to improve proposals submitted by scholars from ECPR member institutions.


To achieve these aims, the Standing Group:

  • Uses an email list to circulate information to and from our membership;
  • Convenes the ECPR Summer School on Environmental Politics and Policy, which is designed to bring PhD students together with leading researchers in the broader field of environmental politics and policy;
  • Consults with our members to develop new and effective ways of diffusing information and promoting collaborative research on environmental politics.

How to join the Standing Group

If you would like to join the Environmental Politics Standing Group, you will need to create a myECPR account at This only takes a few minutes, and you need not be from an ECPR member institution to do so. Then, click on the following link, and select ‘Join Standing Group’.

If you are from an ECPR member institution your membership to the SG is automatic. If you are from a non-member institution we will need to accept your application to join, so your membership status will be ‘pending’ until we accept you.