Essay Competitions

With our essay competitions, we aim to encourage students, researchers, and young professionals to develop innovative policy solutions and contribute to public debate on important current issues.

All submissions are preselected by our editorial team and judged by an independent expert panel.

We work to bring young, fresh ideas to the attention of established organizations policymakers by publishing the work online and through  award ceremonies and discussion events, where we give competition winners, experts, and the public the opportunity to interact and discuss policy ideas face-to-face.

If you or your organization would like to work together with us to run an essay competition or encourage public debate in a certain policy area, please get in touch with us at

Current Call for Papers

The Policy Corner is excited to announce our latest call for papers! Publish your article on the theme RETHINKING URBAN SPACES.

According to the United Nations, the world’s population is expected to reach 9.8 billion by 2050. Nearly 70 percent of this booming population is projected to live in urban areas. The role of cities as agenda setters with regard to a broad range of topics is increasing. How will this shape or transform national and international governance? What will future urban spaces look like? How can we make cities more just, resilient and sustainable? We are looking for articles that address this issue from different perspectives and disciplines, including environmental, development, or economic policy.

Check out the details here.

Regular submissions to all topic areas are open.

Past Competitions