Welcome to the International Research Society for Public Management Research. We are a relatively young but a very strong and vibrant society and I am excited to have been elected as the President in April 2018. Following the last very successful conference held in Edinburgh, I am now working with the board on a set of initiatives that will help make our society even stronger and more outwardly focused and engaged.
Public management research has never been more important. We work on problems that are both crucial to the proper functioning of public services and intimately connected to politics at all levels, and to world affairs. Our research has great salience and is concentrated on the interface between government and citizens. We have much to offer as academics but also as practitioners. I look forward to meeting many of you over the next two years, and (as an Antipodean) I especially hope to see you in Wellington New Zealand for the next annual conference (16-18 April 2019).
Jenny Lewis (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Policy Lab
University of Melbourne, Australia