Public Sector Human Resources

We invite you to join our Public Sector Human Resources Special Interest Group (PSHR SIG).

Public servants have a critical role in delivering government services. They traditionally worked under a set of implicit and explicit employment arrangements sometimes referred to as the public service bargain. In recent decades, continuous and overlapping rounds of public management reform plus the global financial crisis have led to ongoing changes to the management and organisation of public sector work and the conditions under which people work. While the reforms have taken a different shape and pace across countries, there seems to be a general de-privileging of public servants. (See Bach and Bordogna 2011; Brown, 2004; Colley, McCourt and Waterhouse 2012; Hood, 2000; Massey and Pyper, 2005; Pollitt and Bouckaert, 2011).

Although there has been a volume of research on areas of public sector performance management, motivation and various aspects of management in the public sector, specific research on the management of human resources has been lacking.


The SIG aims to provide comparative and international scholarly perspectives on the dynamic field of public sector human resource management (HRM). Specific objectives include:


The co-chairs will:

Fields of interest

The SIG will explore HR practices in thepublic on topics including (but are not limited to):

We operate alongside more specialised SIGs on Public Service Motivation and Health Care.

Contact details

To joint our SIG, receive updates, and promote relevant activities, contact one of the co-chairs:

Prof. Karen Johnston, University of Portsmouth, UK,

Dr Linda Colley, CQUniversity, Australia,

Prof Pablo Sanabria, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia,

Prof Stephen Teo, Edith Cowan University, Australia,