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The IIAS Study Group on ‘Coproduction of Public Services’ is organizing its sixth annual conference in Stellenbosch, 22-23 May 2018. Our aim is to create and nurture an intellectual platform for the theoretical discussion and empirical analysis of coproduction and its implications for the organization and management of public services.

During the 2017 Co-production Study Group meeting in Washington D.C., some ideas were discussed about topics that should be addressed during the next meeting which will be held in Stellenbosch in May 2018. Based on these discussions, it is proposed that the overall theme of next year’s meeting is:

The What, Who, Where, Why, and How of Co-Production in an International Context

It is thus proposed to have five themes and we invite participants to submit papers on any of those themes. Although we want to explore the what, who, where, why, and how of co-production, we realize that these elements are inter-linked and would expect papers to discuss more than one.

More information on the call-for-papers

This year, we have changed things up in the format of the Congress. During the summer, we launched a wide call for panels to our network and received very satisfying feedbacks.  Instead of 3 main subthemes and an Open Call, we propose to you 21 calls for papers focusing on different aspects on the main theme:


Therefore, it has collected numerous call-for-papers operationalizing the concept of administrative resilience. The calls are clustered in the following subthemes:

  • New Public Governance;
  • Risks, crises and disasters management;
  • Sustainable Development Goals;
  • Political and administrative resilience.
  • And the Open Call

We therefore invite you to discover our call for papers and submit your abstracts. We look forwards to receiving them.

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The Italian National Section of IIAS, EGPA/IIAS and and the Scuola Nazionale di Amministrazione jointly organise a high-level conference in Rome on the theme:


Martedì 28 novembre 2017

Scuola Nazionale dell’Amministrazione (SNA)
Aula Magna, via Maresciallo Caviglia, 24 – Roma
Programma e registrazione al convegno: PDF


Tuesday, 28 November 2017
Scuola Nazionale dell’Amministrazione (SNA)
Aula Magna, via Maresciallo Caviglia, 24 – Roma

Programme and Registration: PDF

Working Language: Italian

IARC (the Interdisciplinary Action Research Center) has released a call for paper for its 1st Annual Conference Decreasing Recidivism: on the theme “Exploring Sustainable Strategies for Decreasing Recidivism through Interdisciplinary Action Research”.

The event will be held at the Cheyney University of Pennsylvania on June 17-19, 2018. 

Vulnerable populations are confronted with wicked problems for which social scientists and policy makers have struggled to design effective sustainable solutions. Vulnerable population groups such as ex-offenders, homeless, veterans, and chemically-dependent persons confront a myriad of colliding barriers to successful re-entry into society. Colliding barriers such as inadequate housing options, unsustainable employment, unreliable transportation, untreated mental health challenges, improper childcare, and poor self-esteem block the successful reintegration in the community, and as such, become contributing factors to higher rates of recidivism. Conceived as the tendency to relapse into a previous condition or mode of behavior, recidivism is a perfect example of a wicked public policy issue not fully understood because of its multidimensional nature.

The purpose of the 1st International Conference on Decreasing Recidivism is to explore the root causes and various dimensions – political, economic, social, spiritual, and cultural – that must be taken into consideration while devising concrete strategies to tackle recidivism effectively. Specifically, the conference will bring together an international group of scholars and practitioners from diverse disciplines (economics, sociology, public administration, political science, public policy, criminal justice, social work, business, anthropology, law, psychology, psychiatry, information technology, journalism, education, public/mental health, etc.) to collectively explore the multiple facets of the problems and emerging opportunities of decreasing recidivism locally and around the world.

Read the full full call for paper

Deadlines on Submission of Paper and Panel Proposals

The conference program committee welcomes the submission of proposals for individual papers, professional workshops and fully formed panels. High-quality conceptual, theoretical, empirical, and policy- and practice-oriented research is welcome. All proposals should: (1) briefly explain how the paper, workshop or panel connects to the overall conference theme, (2) note the individual conference track in which the proposal best fits, (3) include 3-4 keywords, and (4) provide complete contact information for the corresponding individual. Proposals for individual papers or workshops should include an abstract of 250-400 words. Proposals for fully formed panels should consist of three to four complementary papers and include an abstract of 400-600 words. Review of paper, workshop and panel proposal submissions will begin on December 1, 2017 and continue through January 5, 2018. Proposals will be evaluated by the program committee and notifications of decisions will be made via email on or before February 15, 2018. Proposals should be emailed to the program committee chair, Dr. Kerry M. Richmond ([email protected]).

28 Jun 2017

2018 IIAS Congress: Call for Panels

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The 2018 IIAS Congress will take place in Tunis, Tunisia on 25-29 June.

Hereby, we invite you making this Congress yours by submitting a panel proposal.
A panel proposal has a title, one or several co-chairs, and a call-for-papers.
Accepted proposals will be published on the Congress website by October 2nd.

The full call for panels is available here.

Don’t hesitate to forward this call to your colleagues.

Looking forward to welcoming you in Tunis,

More information about the Congress :

OECD-IOM-UNDESA International Forum on Migration Statistics 15-16 January 2018, Paris

Call for papers & parallel sessions

The International Forum on Migration Statistics (IFMS-2018)

The IFMS-2018 aims to mobilise expertise from a wide range of disciplines – such as statistics, economics, demography, sociology, geospatial science, and information technology – that can contribute to improve global understanding of the migration phenomenon. It will explore innovative ways to measure population mobility and generate timely statistics and aims to create synergies between different actors and perspectives, with representatives from ‘origin’, ‘transit’ and ‘host’ countries of migrants. The Forum will also provide a unique opportunity for policy-makers to get in direct contact with migration data experts and to use their expertise to feed policy evaluations and identify best policy options.

The Forum will be organized around the following five themes: (i) Migration measurement (concepts, definitions, disaggregation by migratory status, etc), (ii) Innovation and synthesis of data sources (new sources and approaches to migration data collection, the needs for real-time data, etc.), (iii) Understanding migration through data (gap in migration statistics, data to address policy concern, etc, (iv) Cooperation and data governance (e.g. stakeholder coordination, data sharing/exchange, etc), and (v) Capacity building (e.g. strategies to enhance institutional capacity, data literacy, use of statistics, etc).

Specific topics and applications could include inter alia (i) global, regional or national monitoring of migration flows and stocks, (ii) identification of migrants’ characteristics or behaviours, (iii) analysis of public opinion on migration, (iv) evaluation of the economic and social impact of migration and remittances in origin, transit or destination countries, (iv) the measurement of integration and well-being outcomes of immigrants and their children or (v) measurement of SDG indicators related to migration and migrants and contribution to the Global Compact on Migration.

Deadline for submission: 30 June 2017
Contact : [email protected]

Download the full call for papers

During its 16th session, held on 24-28 April 2017, the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration (UN CEPA) emphasized the critical role of governments and public institutions for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Its final report underscores the importance of

  • leadership;
  • people’s trust in government, to be strengthened by fighting corruption, ensuring a merit-based civil service, and showing the impact of public service on citizens’ life;
  • strong local governments, with responsibilities and commensurate resources and capacities;
  • mobilizing civil servants for the SDGs.

It further recognized that context-specific improvements may be needed and is developing principles of effective governance for the SDGs to take stock thereof.

As a NGO with general consultative status vis-à-vis the UN Economic and Social Council, the IIAS is contributing to the UN CEPA and the SDGs. In its statement submitted to the 16th UN CEPA session, it reported the main lessons learned at the 2016 IIAS-IASIA Joint Congress, held in Chengdu, China on 20-23 September on the theme of “Building Capacities for Sustainable Governance”:

  • the SDGs show the way to the humanity;
  • governance is an enabler of all SDGs;
  • implementing the SDGs will require a paradigm shift towards sustainable governance, involving interdisciplinarity, multi-level governance and participative governance;
  • factors enabling sustainable governance include: complex and systemic thinking, committed and enabling leadership, innovation and experimentation and trust;
  • local governments are best positioned to realize sustainable governance;
  • barriers to sustainable governance need to be overcome

The full Congress report is available here.

The 2017 IIAS International Congress has just started and the IIAS and IMPGT (Institut de Management Public et Gouvernance Territoriale) has started to welcome the participants in Aix-en-Provence. 

For the first time, we will be broadcasting on Facebook Live the Braibant Lecture, the IIAS Signature event. 

This year, the Braibant Lecture will be given by Jean-Marc Sauvé, Vice-President of the Council of State of France. His lecture entitled “Migrations Seen by the Law: A National Judge’s Perspective” will review the historical developments in the law of foreign nationals and the right of asylum in Europe and France. He will draw on his experience as a national judge to discuss the legal conditions for the reception of migrants and, in particular, asylum seekers and the protection of the fundamental rights of foreign nationals.

Join us on Wednesday 31 May at 11:15 CET on our Facebook Page

The Centre National de la Fonction Publique Territoriale (CNFPT) and the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA) are organizing a seminar on “Territorial reforms and the training of local elected officials and local public servants in Europe” on 19 and 20 June in Strasbourg.

This seminar, on 19 and 20 June 2017, will focus on the following two themes:

  • “Territorial reforms in Europe: creating a barometer to monitor developments”;
  • “Training of territorial officials and local elected representatives in Europe: comparative analysis”.

It will host, principally, directors of schools and public service institutes as well as heads of university courses in public administration.

The preliminary program of this seminar consists of the following sequences:

  • a debate on an inventory of community levels and strata in Europe and the institutional reforms of horizontal and vertical simplifications undertaken since 2008, based on recent studies conducted. We will then draw the basis for a draft barometer of local institutional reforms in Europe;
  • the preliminary presentation of a comparative analysis carried out by the CNFPT with OLA and CEMR on the training schemes for local elected officials and local public servants in European countries;
  • an exchange of views on a draft “Charter of European Schools and Institutes for Public Administration Training on the Values, Principles and Responsibilities of Public Officials”, which would incorporate the principles and values ​​of the Council..

Look at the programme

Registration form

The 4th biennial Lien International Conference on Good Governance is hosted by the Nanyang Centre for Public Administration (NCPA) of the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and cordially organized with the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) and International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS). The Conference will be held at the Shangri La Hotel, Singapore on 27th to 28th October 2017.

This year’s theme “Forging ahead towards an inclusive and sustainable globalization”, hopes to engage leading international policymakers, academics from any different disciplines, and practitioners to come together to exchange thoughts and ideas on governance and policies that respond to the call of an inclusive and sustainable globalization that raise all boats in all rich and poor countries. 

Theoretical, empirical and comparative studies in different countries and region are welcomed for the following sub-themes:

  1. Governance and Anti-Corruption Strategies
  2. Migration and Social Integration
  3. Economic and Financial Management
  4. Foreign Direct Investments
  5. Infrastructure and Developments
  6. Knowledge Transfer and Management
  7. Brain circulation and Global Talent Strategies
  8. Innovation and Economics Restructuring
  9. “One Belt One Road” Initiative
  10. Philanthropy & Social Innovation


Proposals for panel and paper should be submitted by 15 June 2017

Read the full call for papers

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