Call for Papers: IRSPM 2020 Conference

September 19th, 2019

Call for abstracts and authors’ guidelines

On behalf of the Scientific and Local Organising Committee for the 24th Annual IRSPM Conference, which is being held at Tampere University, Finland, from 22–24 April 2020, we cordially invite you to submit abstract proposals. The conference theme for 2020 is 'Smart public services?'

We particularly welcome abstracts on this theme – but there are also a range of other panels that cover issues of importance to the public management and public administration research communities.  There is also an open panel for papers that do not fit into one of the existing panels. The list and description of conference panels can be accessed below.  The IRSPM 2020 conference features around 45 panels, grouped as follows.

 Find the IRSPM 2020 panels here:

 Submission of abstracts 

 Call for abstracts open 18 September – 08 November 2019

 If you have any following queries, please do not hesitate to contact:

Kind regards,

On behalf of the Organising and Scientific Committees 

Conference Chair: Jari Stenvall

Local Organising Committee: Jari Stenvall & Päivikki Kuoppakangas


Guide for authors

Please read the panel descriptions before submitting your abstract to Ex Ordo system. Choose the panel into which your proposal best fits.  Each abstract will be considered for only one panel. Please select the Open panel only if your abstract is not an obvious fit for another panel or special interest group.  New researchers (doctoral students and researchers in the first three years of their academic careers) are strongly encouraged and invited to submit to any of the panels or special interest groups.  However, the sessions dedicated to New researchers provide opportunities for extensive constructive commentary and discussion on their work with distinguished international faculty.


A Best new researcher paper prize is awarded every year to an early career researcher. In addition, the Best paper of the conference is awarded every year. We will also be awarding the Rosemary O’Leary prize for scholarship on women in public administration for the second time at IRSPM 2020.


The submitted abstract should be maximum 500 words (including references) and must be in English.  It should briefly identify:



Please do not email abstracts directly to the panel chair/s.   All abstracts are submitted via Ex Ordo. Submissions can only have one presenting author. The number of accepted abstracts per person is limited to three (one of which should be multi-authored) and one person is expected to give only one presentation at the conference.  Please note you cannot be affiliated to more than three submitted abstracts.


To submit an abstract please visit login and follow the instructions. Abstract submission is now open and the deadline is 8th of November 2019.  Authors will be notified of the outcome by 6th of December 2019.


Other information:

Please note that in order to have your paper confirmed in the proceedings you must register for the conference.  You must be available for the whole duration of the conference.  Papers will be scheduled between 1330 on Wednesday 22 April and 1800 on Friday 24 April (end at 1800). In the call for abstracts you will be asked to provide a phone number.  This is so that the panel chairs can contact you during the conference in case of changes or any other issues.


Key dates 

18 September – 08 November 2019 Call for abstracts open

06 December 2019                 Notification of paper proposal decisions

28 November 2019 – 24 February 2020        Early bird registration open

25 March 2020                        Registration closes, papers due

22– 24 April 2020                    IRSPM 2020 Conference


IRSPM 2020 Local Scientific Committee:

Chair: Prof Jari Stenvall, Tampere University

Prof Ricardo Gomes, São Paulo’s School of Business Administration – Fundação Getulio Vargas

Prof Arto Haveri, Tampere University

Prof Jan-Erik Johansson, Tampere University

Prof Kirsi-Mari Kallio, University of Turku

Visiting Prof Tony Kinder, Tampere University

Dr. Päivikki Kuoppakangas, Tampere University

Dr. Ilpo Laitinen, City of Helsinki

Prof Stephen Osborne, University of Edinburgh

Prof Samuli Pekkola, Tampere University

Prof Elias Pekkola, Tampere University

Prof Tiina Randma-Liiv, Tallin University

Prof Pari-Heikki Rannisto, Tampere University

Prof Markku Sotarauta, Tampere University

Dr. Kati Suomi, University of Turku

Prof Jarmo Vakkuri, Tampere University