Public Sector Human Resources

Purpose and objectives

The Public Sector Human Resources special interest group (SIG) seeks to advance the field of study of public sector human resource management by addressing current research deficits. Members publish research that strives for excellence in theory, methods and original contributions to their field of study.

Our SIG provides a collaborative platform for researchers to develop their research, expert knowledge, co-authorship networks, and grant applications. We facilitate round table discussions and debates, within and outside the IRSPM’s annual conferences, to advance study on public sector human resource management.

We also support new and emergent research, especially from early career researchers and doctoral students, by providing a platform for knowledge exchange, debates, constructive feedback, and testing methodologies and ideas.

While we are a newer SIG, established in 2018, we have had an excellent series of good quality submissions for each conference, often accepting more than 20 papers and providing opportunity for learning and lively debate.

Key dialogues

We take an expansive interpretation of the theme of public sector HRM, but some of our key areas of interest include:

Emerging opportunities

  1. Call for papers for Public Management Review on Public service resilience post COVID19 (Murdock, Dudau and Masou), due 27 November 2020.
  2. Call for papers for Public Management Review on Public Service Ethics in the “New Normal” (Macaulay, Teo, Wond and Neshkova), due December 2020.
  3. Call for papers for International journal of Human Resource Management on New HRM models for supporting managing emotional labour during emergencies, (editors Brunetto, Xerri, Farr-Wharton, Beattie, Trinchero), due June 2021 
  4. December 2020 PSHR SIG members conversation. PS HR SIG member meetings in December 2020, where we will hold a conversation with members in each of three distinct time zones, being the Americas, Oceania, and Europe/Africa. We will invite you to participate in our international conversation, with a short presentation addressing two themes: what are the major challenges for PS HR in your country during the pandemic; what are your predictions on what your public service will look like in 12 month’s time

Recent achievements

A snapshot of some recent achievements include:

Contact us

Linda Colley Stephen Teo

Linda Colley

University of Queensland


Stephen Teo

Edith Cowan University


Karen Johnston

University of Portsmouth

United Kingdom

Pablo Sanabria Pulido

Universidad de los Andes