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Public Administration Committee Annual Conference


Northumbria University

UK Public Administration Committee of the Joint University Council

Annual Conference in collaboration with the Teaching Public Administration Conference (TPAC), USA


Monday 10 - Wednesday 12 September 2018

Day 1, Monday 10 September will be a One Day Pre-Conference Doctoral Workshop. Following this, the main Conference and registration opens on Tuesday 11 - Wednesday 12 September 2018.

Doctoral Workshop - call for papers/participants 


Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne 

Call for Abstracts/Papers

In this, its Centenary year, the UK Joint University Council’s Public Administration Committee (PAC) Annual Conference will be hosted by Newcastle Business School, at the Northumbria University on the overall theme of

‘Innovative and Enterprising Public Services’

As national governments’ around the world continue their efforts to ameliorate the impacts of global shifts in migration; inequalities between rich and poor countries; collapse of global financial markets, an on-going lack of trust in politicians, they are also making decisions on exactly how to organise and structure representative democratic institutions fit for the 21st Century. The complexity of ‘wicked issues’ such as ageing demographic profiles and pensions shortfall; high youth unemployment, rising crime rates, terrorist threats; escalation in social media; and others policy priorities are not only demanding greater levels of public spending in an era of financial constraints, but forcing public servants and politicians to situate innovation and enterprise as core governmental activities. Seeking out innovation at all levels of government will, it is argued, enhance performance, increase public value, respond to citizen/user expectations, but also minimise costs and eradicate in efficiencies.

‘One size fits all’ universal solutions to complex social problems no longer suffice, as no one public, private or civic organisation in isolation is capable of satisfying increasing citizen demands to tailor services to personal needs. Citizens are no longer passive consumers but empowered individuals who expect state agencies to provide more personalised services and choice, either those more akin to private provision, or increasingly through a wider range of civic providers. An iPod generation that expects personalised service delivery and rapid responses to problems needs to be set against a backdrop of ‘finite resources and infinite demands’ meaning that innovation and enterprise become crucial and core activities. Pluralities of inter-relationships between state, market and civic institutions are now the focal point for co-production and co-responsibility of public service delivery and production of public value.  New relational forms of governance are not only a challenge to the role of government in advanced democracies in the 21st Century but they raise questions on what type of institutions, organizational and leadership capacities are needed in future to synergise the state’s own resources, capacities and knowledge with those of the market and civic institutions. Clearly this brings challenges for public service organisation and delivery.

In this conference, we invite abstracts and papers across a range of policy fields, and welcome you all to join us at Northumbria University 10-12th September 2018 (main conference will commence on 11th September, following on from the Doctoral Workshop).

We will also be joined by a delegation of scholars from the Teaching Public Administration Conference (TPAC), part of the Section on Public Administration of ASPA in the USA.

During the PAC Conference Professor Tom Bryer, School of Public Administration, University of Central Florida, Fulbright Scholar and Specialist, Visiting Professor, Kaunas University of Technology (Lithuania) and Visiting Professor, Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice, Edge Hill University (UK) - will deliver a presentation on: 'Public Administration in the age of Trump'

Abstracts/papers are welcome on the following specific themes:

  • Teaching Public Administration
  • Media and Public Services
  • Co-production, opportunity and capacity
  • Elected Mayors and Local Leadership
  • Strategic Leadership in Public Service Contexts
  • Brexit and Public Services
  • Northern Powerhouse and Combined Authorities
  • New vehicles for Public Service Delivery
  • Tourism, Creative Industries and Public Services
  • Sport and Public Services 
  • Public Entrepreneurship
  • New Municipalism 
  • Social Economy and Public Services
  • The impact of policy divergence of UK Public Administration
  • Representation in devolving environments: opportunities and challenges
  • The publicness of spaces; how can the public have an input into governance?
  • Open Track session

Each of these themes has a theme leader, but if you wish to discuss your ideas for a paper within any of these themes, in the first instance, please direct any enquiries to the overall Conference organisers.

Conference Organisers

Associate Professor Pamela Dunning, Troy University, USA: 

Professor Joyce Liddle:

Dr Lorraine Johnston:

Further Information

In addition, the conference will also include a range of policy/practitioner keynotes/roundtables/panel discussions as follows:-

  • Lord John Shipley of the House of Lords has agreed to present the Frank Stacey Address.
  • A representative of TPA, ASPPA in the USA will update us on Public Services under Donald Trump’s Administration, one year on.
  • Professor Keith Shaw will present recent research on ‘Who Runs the NE now?’
  • The National and Local Policy advisor on Social Value will lead a practitioner session.
  • An Emergency Services Panel led by Professor Paresh Wankhade will draw together academics and policy/practitioners from Police, Fire and Rescue and Ambulance Services.
  • One of the organisers of the 2018 Great North Exhibition will reflect on potential future impacts of the event.
  • Representatives from Innovate UK-will invite discussions on University engagement and impacts of research.
  • Professor John Mawson of University of Durham will showcase the work of the Institute of Local Governance, and facilitate a session creating the mechanics and processes to bring together academic/policy/practice. John and colleagues will examine recent, successful cases.
  • There will be a chaired session discussion between academics/policy/practice to identify some of the barriers/challenges of university engagement-to include an Impact Panel involving ESRC/CABS/HEFCE representatives to talk about engagement with practice.
  • Joint practitioner/academic session on the New Municipalism.
  • The main Public Administration publishers’ will mount an Exhibition of latest books/journals and other publications.
  • A social programme will be included.

Time Frame

Abstracts/ideas for themes/open panel; papers to be submitted by 30 June 2018 to each of the Conference organisers:

Feedback on abstracts/papers to authors by 30 July 2018

Swift decisions will be made on early submissions, paticularly for any colleagues with travel and other funding application deadlines and always within four weeks.


If you would like to book accommodation in Newcastle Upon Tyne, our partners NewcastleGateshead Initiative (NGI) have set up some booking options here.

Booking is now open 









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