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:

Recent activities

The IRSPM Public Sector Human Resources Special Interest Group held a webinar on 11 December 2020. The SIG webinar was billed as, 'Join the Conversation: Challenge of Covid-19 and Impact on Public Services'. The webinar conversation covered two themes:

  1. What are the major challenges for public service human resources in your country/region during the pandemic; and
  2. What are your predictions on what your public service will look like in 12 months time?

The webinar was opened with a talk by IRSPM President, Prof. Jenny Lewis, and followed by a discussion of the themes of the webinar. A report which captures the interesting and insightful discussion can be found here.

Given various geographic locations of SIG members and time zones, the first webinar was organised for the Africa and European time zone. We expect to have further webinars across other time zones in the foreseeable future.

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