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7th Public Management and Administration Postgraduate Conference

Call for Participants

7th Public Management and Administration Postgraduate Conference

Monday 16  September 2019

Ongoing austerity and its associated challenges continue to place public services, public management and public administration under pressure to deliver more for less. Operating in environments of extreme uncertainty that are compounded by the complexity of Brexit, public sector professionals must work creatively, differently and with new partners, while invariably responding to increased service demand and raised levels of public scepticism.

These environments present the Academy with significant research challenges, yet, they also provide unique opportunities to bring theory and practice together. At a time when scholarly enquiry into the public sector is so necessary, the multidisciplinary of such contributions is giving space to insights and answers from a variety of intersecting perspectives: the JUC Public Administration Committee provides a site for these perspectives to come together.

The 7th Doctoral Workshop of the JUC Public Administration Committee offers doctoral students working in public administration and related areas an opportunity to discuss, critique and share ideas. We invite papers from doctoral students on any theme related to the broad disciplines of public administration, management, governance and policy.  The workshop will provide an opportunity for you to present conceptual critiques, early stage research, progress in your fieldwork or a developed paper outlining emergent findings.

The workshop will also provide sessions on viva preparation, careers and research funding.  To maximise the value of the conference and the doctoral stream, we ask that participants submit papers in advance.  In return, we will undertake to read you papers and provide detailed and constructive feedback in a supportive environment.

Richard Chapman Prize

This year we will be awarding the Richard Chapman Prize to the best paper presented at the Postgraduate Conference. Further details to follow.

If you wish to attend or for more information, please email with a 500 word abstract for a paper relating to your PhD (this could be a summary of your PhD project or of one of your chapters) by midday on Monday 3rd June 2019.


The workshop will run from 10:00 to 17:00 on Monday 16th September 2019.  Participants should forward a full paper of 6-8,000 words by midday on Monday 5th August for circulation. 


Attendance at the workshop is free and will include dinner on the evening after the workshop.  Acceptance also brings with it free registration for the JUC Annual Conference which will take place at Northumbria University on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th September, 2019.  Finally, for those doctoral students who are registered with institutions that are members of the JUC[1], we will further reimburse you for all reasonable travel and accommodation costs.

Further details about the conference will be posted on the conference website.           

Dr Karin Bottom
University of Birmingham

Dr Ian Elliott
Northumbria University

[1] For information about institutions that are members, please contact Dr Karin Bottom (‪


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