Call for Abstracts: 2018 IRSPM Conference

September 13th, 2017 •

XXII IRSPM 2018 Annual Conference

University of Edinburgh Business School, Edinburgh, Scotland

11th – 13th April 2018

On behalf of the Organising and Scientific Committees for the 22nd Annual IRSPM Conference, which is being held at the University of Edinburgh Business School from 11th – 13th April 2018, we invite you to submit an abstract on the conference theme: Creating and co-creating value in public service delivery’

We particularly welcome papers on this theme – but there are also a range of other dedicated and open panels that cover issues of importance to the public management and public administration research communities. There is also an ‘Open Track’ for papers that do not fit into one of the existing panel themes.  The list and description of conference panels can be accessed here.

The IRSPM 2018 Conference will feature around 40 panels, grouped under the following topics:

  • Conference Spinal Panel on the Co-creation of Value and Co-production
  • Panels Related to the Conference Theme
  • Special Interest Groups
  • Dedicated Panels
  • ‘Advances in Public Management Methodology’ Panels
  • Open Conference Panels

Submission of Abstracts

To submit an abstract please visit and follow the instructions. Abstract submission is now open and the deadline is 20th October.  Authors will be notified of the outcome by 24th November 2017.  If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact:

Key Deadlines

20th October 2017                      Abstract Submission Deadline

24th November 2017                 Author Notification

24th November 2017                 Early bird registration opens

16th February 2018                    Early bird registration closes

16th March 2018                         Deadline for papers

11th – 13th April 2018                 IRSPM 2018 conference

Scientific Committee

Stephen Osborne, University of Edinburgh Business School, UK

Sophie Flemig, University of Edinburgh Business School, UK

Marisa de Andrade, University of Edinburgh, UK
Rona Beattie, Glasgow Caledonian Business School, UK
Adina Dudau, University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School, UK
Kimberley Roussin Isett, Georgia Tech University, USA
Tobias Jung, University of St Andrews, UK
Ines Mergel, University of Konstanz, Germany
Greta Nasi, Bocconi University, Italy
Madeline Powell, University of Sheffield Business School, UK
Rolf Roning, University College, Norway
Ichiro Tsukamoto, Meiji University, Japan

Stephen P Osborne & Sophie Flemig

Co-Hosts of IRSPM 2018.

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Call for Panels for the 2018 IRSPM Conference

April 30th, 2017 •

XXII IRSPM Annual Conference

‘Creating and co-creating value in public service delivery’.

11-13 April 2018

Centre for Service Excellence, University of Edinburgh Business School, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Call for Panel Proposals

On behalf of the Scientific Committee for the XXII IRSPM Conference, to be held at the University of Edinburgh Business School over 11 – 13 April 2018, the Scientific Committee now cordially invites you to submit Panel proposals.

IRSPM uses a two-stage process in compiling the conference programme. This first stage is for PANEL proposals. The Scientific Committee will evaluate these in terms of their contribution both to our research community and to the coherence of the Conference programme. In the second stage, successful panel chairs will then be invited to circulate a ‘call for papers’ for their panel, both through the conference web-site and their own networks.  

Panel proposals should address either the conference theme (of which there are full detail on the conference website) or another key issue in theory and knowledge in public management. Collaborative proposals are particularly welcome with two or three co-chairs.

For those panels accepted by the Scientific Committee, it is the responsibility of panel chair(s) to:

  • solicit abstracts for papers and review them in line with the conference guidelines and deadlines,
  • notify the Conference Chairs of the acceptance and rejection of papers in a timely manner,
  • provide adequate feedback to be forwarded to authors,
  • advise the Local Organising Committee as to how many panel track sessions they will require in the Programme,
  • plan the arrangement of papers in their panel track in collaboration with the Local Organising Committee and arrange for discussants if appropriate,
  • provide a nomination from their panel for the best paper, if applicable,
  • at the Conference, ensure that arrangements are in place for the chairing and moderation of panel sessions, and
  • at the conclusion of the Conference, complete a brief evaluation.

Whilst it is recognised that the content of any Panel is dependent upon the submissions made to it, and their overall quality, the Local Organising Committee asks all Panel Chairs to take due consideration of gender and diversity balance in their Panels and in arrangements for chairing their Panel sessions.

Please note that in the case of similar or over-lapping panel submissions, the Scientific Committee may ask panel chairs to collaborate in leading consolidated panels to ensure the overall coherence of the conference.

Submission of Panel Proposals

All panel proposals should include the title of the panel, the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the chair(s) and a contact email, a description of the panel topic, and an explanation of its contribution to the field of public management. Any innovative element of the Panel should also be noted. Proposals should be in 12-point Times Roman font. They must not exceed one page. Longer proposals will be rejected. Note that the conference language is English and that all Panel proposals (and subsequent papers) must be in English.

Panel proposals must be submitted through the conference email:, and no later than 17.00 (BST) on Friday 16th June 2017.

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Faculty Position in Maxwell School

April 14th, 2017 •

Professor of Practice Position

The Department of Public Administration and International Affairs

Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University


The Department of Public Administration and International Affairs at the Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs seeks to fill a Professor of Practice position in the area of international affairs. This is a two year, full time position that has an option for renewal. Incumbent is expected to be on campus or in class at least 80% of the time during the academic year, which runs from mid-August to mid-May. The contract begins August 2017 and runs through May of 2019.

The professor of practice would teach courses related to international relations during each academic year to graduate students studying for degrees in international relations, public administration, and related disciplines. Responsibilities of the position also include advising students on course work and careers, participating in faculty meetings and events, and speaking in other university and external fora.

An ideal candidate will have had a distinguished career as a high-level official in multilateral organizations or in a national diplomatic service with sustained multilateral postings. He/she should have interest in offering course work on international organizations and in specialized areas such as a refugee programs, migration, humanitarian action, food security, sustainable development, human rights, diplomacy, United Nations, or other relevant topics.

The Department of Public Administration and International Affairs at the Maxwell School is home to the world’s first master of public administration program, which is ranked first among more than 250 graduate public affairs programs in the United States and has several top-ranked specialties (U.S. News & World Report). The department is also home to a top-ranked master’s program in international relations (Foreign Policy magazine), as well as several other programs, including a Ph.D. in public administration, executive master’s degrees in public administration and international relations, and a wide range of certificate programs.

Applicants should submit materials online at (Job #073153). Applicants should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and the names and complete contact information of three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Interviews will be scheduled for April and May.

Syracuse University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Successful candidates must be committed to working with diverse student and community populations.

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Call for Papers on “Civil Society, Citizens and Government”

March 14th, 2017 •

2017 EGPA Annual Conference (30 August – 1 September, Milano, Italy)

Call for Papers for:

Permanent Study Group VIII: Civil Society, Citizens and Government

The EGPA permanent study group on “Civil Society, Citizens and Government” is organizing its annual meeting at the EGPA-conference in Milan, August 30 - September 1, 2017 ( ). We welcome two kinds of contributions: 'work in progress' and 'completed work'

Work in progress

We welcome papers/presentations that are still work in progress on the following themes, related to the focus of our study group:

(1) Government – civil society relations;

(2) Civil society – citizen relations;

(3) The internal functioning and organization of civil society initiatives;

(4) The co-production and co-creation of public services.

We will dedicate some sessions in which ongoing research can presented and discussed, with the aim of receiving feedback from peers. Short abstracts (200 words) should be uploaded through the submission-page of the EGPA website by April 15, 2017. Full papers/presentations should be provided by August 15, 2017.

Completed research

We will also dedicate some sessions on completed research, for papers that are (almost) publishable, on the same four themes. We aim at selecting the best papers for a special issue in a journal (to be selected yet). For these sessions, we welcome empirical papers. Short abstracts (200 words) should be uploaded through the submission-page of the EGPA website by April 15, 2017. Full papers should be provided by July 15, 2017.

The full call for papers can be found on: 

With kind regards,

 Taco Brandsen, Radboud University Nijmegen,

Bram Verschuere, Ghent University,

Karen Johnston, Portsmouth University,

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The 5th Public Governance Forum in Greater China

March 8th, 2017 •

Call for Proposal: Evidence-based Policy Making in Greater China and Australia

Hosted by the Dr. Seaker Chan Center for Comparative Political Development Studies, Fudan University, Shanghai, China

Oct 21-22, 2017


  • Public Service Research Group, University of New South Wales
  • Department of Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong
  • Institute of Public Affairs, Taiwan University
  • Melbourne School of Government, University of Melbourne
  • School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Fudan University
  • School of Public Management, Renmin University

The theme

Evidence-Based Policy Making (EBPM) has emerged as an important idea whereby scientific evidence is used to empower and discipline public policy making. EBPM has gained traction in a number of local, national and regional governments around the world.  Founded on assumptions of instrumental rationalism, EBPM is seen as an important way to strengthen the capacities of governments. However, we have not seen unfettered support for EBPM and such approaches have been criticized for neglecting the political and institutional contexts that fundamentally shape the production and functioning of policy-related knowledge.  Moreover, it may not always be quite as simple as assumed to access high quality ‘objective’ evidence, particularly for complex policy problems.   Recent public sector changes in the UK, the USA, and other jurisdictions have instead revealed a disposition toward value-based policy making. 

The EBPM approach and the debates over it echo the dilemma of policy making in China where scientification and democratisation have been the two officially-announced fundamental principles of policy making. As a result of rapid modernization,  Chinese society is in urgent need of high-quality policy supplies in response to complex socioeconomic issues such as economic and financial stabilization and innovation, domestic migration, population development, social welfare, environmental preservation, and regional development. China's huge size and local variation make policy making and implementation more difficult. In the faces of these challenges research is needed in order to allow us realize and reconcile scientification and democratization for the contemporary era.

In developed countries, the two principles of scientification and democratisation are called into question. The growing skepticism towards experts, the rise of anti-establishment politics within democracies, as well as with increasing contestation within many international institutions contribute to a deconsolidation of expertise supporting public policies, from science policy to economic and social policy. As a result, we need to better understand what determines the legitimacy of expert knowledge in policy making, to identify who are the trusted experts today and to analyze the threats of an independent expertise. In the current environment of ‘post-truth politics’, we need to better understand how new developments (such as inequalities and populism) interact with expertise, generating doubts about and providing alternatives to expert knowledge and EBPM.  

The proposed conference aims to discuss in depth EBPM-related issues in Greater China and Australia from multiple perspectives. Both theoretical and empirical papers are welcome. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Institutional contexts and the creation, dissemination, and utilization of evidence
  • Access of evidence to the policy system
  • Experts, citizens, and bureaucratic-political insiders in EBPM
  • Quality of evidence and its evaluation
  • Competitive evidence supply and selective use of evidence
  • The innovation, accountability, and life cycle of evidence
  • Values and evidence in policy making
  • Evidence of EBPM in various policy sectors
  • Comparative studies of Greater China and Australia


The Department of Public Policy of City University of Hong Kong, the Institute of Public Affairs of Taiwan University, the Melbourne School of Government of University of Melbourne, the School of International Relations and Public Affairs of Fudan University, the School of Public Management of Renmin University, and the Public Service Research Group, University of New South Wales co-sponsor this conference. The conference is also the 5th of the annual Public Governance Forum in Greater China (两岸三地公共治理学术论坛) that started in 2013.

The conference will be hosted by the Dr. Seaker Chan Center for Comparative Political Development Studies of Fudan University.


Abstracts should be submitted by 15 April 2017 and will be acknowledged. Participants will be notified of acceptance within one month. Please send all abstract submissions to Please note that abstracts must be a maximum of 500 words, plus a maximum of five indicative references (not a full reference list) and five keywords. Author information shall be provided as well.

Full papers shall be submitted by email by 25th Sep 2017. Papers shall have a maximum length of about 8,000 words (everything included) and follow AJPA reference style.

Any initial enquiries about the conference should be directed to


All papers presented at the conference will be eligible for review for a special issue of Australian Journal of Public Administration on “Evidence-based Policy Making in Greater China and Australia”. Papers may also be considered for an edited book in the Palgrave book series Governing China in the 21 Century.

Papers shall follow the reference style of Australian Journal of Public Administration.

Guest editors 

Helen Dickinson, University of New South Wales

Yijia Jing, Fudan University

Janine O'Flynn, University of Melbourne


There is no registration fee. Local accommodation including meals and hotel will be provided by the host during the conference.

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