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JUC Annual Conference 2019


Northumbria University

The Joint University Council of Applied Social Sciences

‘Public Administration and Social Work at the Margins’

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Monday 16th - Wednesday 18th September 2019

Day 1 - Monday 16th September will be a One Day Pre-Conference Doctoral Workshop. Following this, the main Conference and registration opens on Tuesday 17th- Wednesday 18th September 2019.

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Following from the celebrations of the JUC Centenary last year, this year the UK Joint University Council’s PAC Conference will be hosted by Newcastle Business School, at the University of Northumbria on the overall theme of:

‘Public Administration and Social Work at the Margins’’

This conference aims to discuss some of society’s most significant challenges, and to explore how the applied social sciences, in public administration and social work, can understand and address these. The conference seeks to address a number of core issues around the theme of marginalisation:

  • Working with marginalised individuals, families, groups and communities
  • The challenges of delivering effective and impactful learning, teaching and research within contemporary local, national and international perspectives
  • Marginalisation within contemporary political tensions

Much has been said about the demise of public and social administration. Particularly in the teaching of the subject much has been written on the shift of public administration into business schools, the effect of New Public Management and greater levels of managerialism on the subject and the overall decline of undergraduate programmes (Boyne 1996, Chandler 1991, Chandler 2002, Jones 2012). Consequently public administration can be seen as being at the margins of both business management and political science.

Similarly, reforms to the way social workers are trained and regulated in England have raised concerns about the future direction of the profession including as an internationally shared endeavour. In the meantime intrinsic ‘Grand Challenges’ remain for social workers globally to tackle the impact of poverty, violence and marginalisation. What does all this mean for the future of our subjects?

At the same time Brexit is pushing the UK to the margins of Europe. Major private sector employers such as Nissan and Honda have announced significant cuts in investment and employment within the UK. The economy continues to grow slowly in comparison to other OECD countries and any economic downturn as a result of Brexit may lead to even more austerity to come. It has been noted that many of the cuts experienced so far have been focused on ‘back-office’ functions thereby masking the impact on frontline services (Hastings et al. 2015) yet with continued austerity these levels of cuts cannot be sustainable.

Public service cuts will almost inevitably have a greater impact on marginalised communities. Whilst politics is in disarray our public servants must continue to deliver good public administration and social work to some of the most vulnerable in our society. In light of this we would welcome papers this year that are addressing public administration and social work at the margins. We would value discussion on the place of public administration and social work in turbulent times and, in particular, papers that explore issues of race, gender identity, sexuality, variability and class.

In this conference, we invite abstracts for oral papers, symposia, workshops, posters and interactive sessions across social work and public administration.  We particularly welcome abstracts or presentations where service users are involved. We welcome you all to join us at Northumbria University 16-18th September 2019 (main conference will commence on 17th September, following on from the Doctoral Workshop).

Abstracts/papers are welcome on the following specific themes:-

Specific Themes

Suggested panel themes include:

  • Action Research 
  • Brexit and UK at the Margins of Europe
  • Co-production and Marginalised Groups
  • Complexity and Public Service Delivery
  • Critical Local Government
  • Elected Mayors and Public Leadership
  • Integrating critical race, queer, and post-colonial theory into public administration and social work
  • New Approaches to Service Delivery
  • Northern Powerhouse and Combined Authorities
  • Open Track session
  • Practitioner Panel
  • PSA / PAC Joint Panel on Curriculum Development in Turbulent and Changing Times'
  • Public Entrepreneurship
  • Research Methods at the Margins
  • Social Economy and Public Services
  • Strategic Leadership in Public Service Contexts
  • Teaching and Learning of Public Administration and Social Work
  • The shifting relationship between public, private and Third sectors
  • The impact of poverty and austerity on marginalised groups and services
  • Diversity in Practice and Education
  • Leadership as a marginalised skill
  • The impact of contemporary legal and policy imperatives on marginalised groups
  • Gender Based Violence
  • Future of Public Service Work
  • Emergency Services

This is, however, not an exclusive list and we would welcome any suggested panel themes that fit within the wider conference theme. Please direct any enquiries to the overall conference organisers.


Doctoral Workshop - 7th Public Management and Administrative Postgraduate Conference

Click here for further information on submission and key dates. 

Conference Organisers


Organising Group 

  • Dr Valerie Egdell
  • Dr Max French
  • Dr Lorraine Johnston
  • Professor Joyce Liddle
  • Dr Toby Lowe


We are working in partnership with NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau as the official accommodation booking provider to bring you the best accommodation rates for the conference.

View the full range of accommodation options to suit all budgets - including great rates on 3 and 4-star hotels - book online quickly and easily.

Further Information

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

  • The Frank Stacey Address will be delivered by Rt Hon Baroness Grey-Thompson, Chancellor of Northumbria University, former Paralympian and Crossbench Peer

  • Academic keynote on ‘Integrative Leadership in Tumultuous Times: Claiming the Center’ will be delivered by Professor Barbara Crosby, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

  • ‘Meet the Editors’ Lunchtime Session with Professor John Diamond (Teaching Public Administration) and Professors Claire Dunlop and Edoardo Ongaro (Public Policy and Administration)

  • Exhibition stands by academic publishers of latest books/journals and other publications

  • A social programme including walking tour of the Ouseburn on evening of 16 September and conference dinner on 17 September.

Conference Exhibitors and Sponsors

There are a variety of exhibitor, sponsorship and publicity options:

  • Main conference sponsor – £2000

  • Drinks reception sponsor - £500

  • Exhibition stand and delegate flyers - £200

  • Delegate flyers - £100

If you wish to book any of these options click here

Time Frame

Abstracts/ideas for themes/open panel; papers to be submitted by Friday 21st June 2019 to

Feedback on abstract/papers to authors by 30th June 2019

Full paper submission by 31st August 2019






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