Call for Panel Proposals

Dear IRSPM members, colleagues, and friends,

On behalf of the Scientific and Local Organising Committee for the 2024 Annual IRSPM Conference, which is being held at Tampere University, Finland from 16 - 18 April 2024, we cordially invite you to submit proposals on conference panels.

The conference theme for 2024 is ‘Hybrid futures for public governance and management.’ As governments have evolved into more hybrid constellations of actors, public governance has increasingly resorted to collaboration between governments and business as well as public–private–civil society cooperation. For addressing global management challenges for good governance, it is crucial to understand public management, not as detached from private efforts and civic activities, but as resulting from the outcome of the complex interfaces and interactions between them.

IRSPM uses a two-stage process in compiling the conference programme:

Call for Panel Proposals

Panel proposals should address either the conference theme (of which there are full detail on the conference website) or another key issue in theory and knowledge in public management. Collaborative proposals are particularly welcome with two or three co-chairs.

Prospective Panel chairs and co-chairs should develop a topic on an important theme of public management, governance, or policy, which can accommodate a variety of papers.

The Scientific Committee will evaluate these in terms of their contribution both to our research community and to the coherence of the Conference programme.

This call is open to IRPSM Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and to any other colleague with compelling ideas on bringing together people, knowledge, sharing experiences, discussing lessons learned, new methods and concepts, and can include more traditional as well as novel formats for our panels.

Whilst it is recognised that the content of any panel is dependent upon the submissions made to it, and their overall quality, the Local Organising Committee asks all panel Chairs to take due consideration of gender and diversity balance in their panels and in arrangements for chairing their panel sessions.

Please note that in the case of similar or over-lapping panel submissions, the Scientific Committee may ask panel chairs to collaborate in leading consolidated panels to ensure the overall coherence of the conference.

Successful panel chairs will then be invited to circulate a ‘call for abstracts’ for their panel, both through the conference website and their own networks.

For those panels accepted by the Scientific Committee, it is the responsibility of the panel chair(s) to:

  • solicit abstracts for papers and review them in line with the conference guidelines and deadlines,
  • notify the Conference Chairs of the acceptance and rejection of papers in a timely manner,
  • provide adequate feedback to be forwarded to authors,
  • advise the Local Organising Committee as to how many panel track sessions they will require in the programme,
  • plan the arrangement of papers in their panel track in collaboration with the Local Organising Committee and arrange for discussants if appropriate,
  • provide a nomination from their panel for the best paper, if applicable,
  • at the Conference, ensure that arrangements are in place for the chairing and moderation of panel sessions, and
  • at the conclusion of the Conference, complete a brief evaluation.

Submission of Panel Proposals 

All panel proposals should include:

  • The title of the panel,
  • The name(s) and affiliation(s) of the chair(s) and a contact email(s),
  • A description of the panel topic, with introduction and theoretical framework & methods
  • An explanation of its contribution to the field of public management
  • Any innovative element of the panel should also be noted (i.e. describe in detail what is needed in terms of the panel facilities in the room or other, etc.)
  • Proposals must not exceed 700 words. Longer proposals will be rejected.
  • The conference language is English and that all panel proposals (and subsequent papers) must be in English.
  • The proposal for a panel should be submitted via online submission form by 7 July 2023
  • Notification of accepted panels will be provided by 25 August 2023
  • The call for paper abstracts will open on 25 August 2023

                  Panel proposal submission form