P33 SIG Civil society and community self-organisations

Corresponding chair

Sanna Tuurnas, University of Vaasa, Finland. Email: sanna.tuurnas@uwasa.fi

Review group chair

Edwina Zhu, University of Bristol, UK. Email: edwina.zhu@bristol.ac.uk


Kelly Hall (University of Birmingham)

Richard Hazenberg (University of Northampton) 

Malika Igalla (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

José Nederhand (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

Madeline Powell (University of York)


Contemporary society is confronted with unprecedented challenges which have stimulated increasing collaboration and coordination between public and civil society actors. More responsibilities are given to civil society, citizens and community self-organizations to (co-)produce public services. This panel invites scholars to introduce, explore and explain how civil society and community self-organizations undertake the responsibility of (co-)producing public services and meeting social needs, their actual capacity and durability to (co-)produce public services, their impact on the principles and practices of public services, their effectiveness at delivering positive public and social value for beneficiaries and wider society.

We are looking for empirical and theoretical research papers addressing questions such as:

  • What challenges do civil society and community self-organizations face, how do they respond/behave to these challenges?
  • Under which conditions can civil society and community self-organizations participate in public service delivery and development effectively and sustainably?
  • What are the drivers and barriers to successful (co-)production processes?
  • What public value is created by civil society, community-self organizations and public participation processes?
  • How are such organisations and processes managed as a part of public service systems?

Abstracts requirements

We would like to invite you to submit your research abstract focused on the themes outlined above, broadly construed.

  • Abstracts are expected with max 500 words including references
  • Abstracts should clearly state the objective of the work, the results and accomplishments and their significance, and the advancement over previous work.