About the conference
Mission Statement of EGPA’s PhD Project: Why participate?
EGPA’s PhD symposium provides an ideal opportunity for young researchers to immerse themselves in an international and interdisciplinary research community. The symposium is right for you, if you are a doctoral student or junior researcher pursuing research in the broadly de ned elds of public administration and public management. You’ll be part of an engaged community of your peers and experienced scholars who will share their insights on doing research and also on building an academic and / or professional career.
In particular, as a participant of the symposium you will have a chance,
... to improve your research skills and to strengthen your background in theoretical and methodological approaches;
... to present and test your ideas and research approaches in a “risk-free”, yet high- calibre academic setting;
... to broaden your academic horizon by putting your research in a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective;
... to develop your own publication and resume-building strategies by way of dialogue with established researchers and academics;
... to build an international network of young and engaged scholars in the eld as a base for future collaborative projects;
... to win the EGPA PhD Best Paper Award 2017.
Format and Organization of the 2017 EGPA PhD symposium: What will be offered?
At the heart of the symposium lies the discussion of your papers in small groups. The composition of the discussion groups will re ect the plurality of disciplinary and methodological approaches in the European public administration / management community. Each group will be convened by an established expert in the eld.
We will dedicate ample time for in-depth discussion of each contribution. Your presentations, however, are not so much meant to be “conventional” paper presentations as critical re ections on your own research. Based on individual contributions, we will engage in interactive sessions that will give speci c feedback and address your questions. In order to facilitate learning from each other, a discussant will be assigned to each presenter. It ows from this that completed papers will be circulated among group participants well ahead of our meeting in Milan (Italy).
To keep discussion groups small and focused, three thematic tracks – running in parallel and being chaired by co-convenors – will be formed based on the responses from participants and covering the breadth of our disciplines and elds of expertise in the academic community of public administration, management, and policy. Of course, we welcome submissions that particularly address the special focus of this year’s general conference (‘Innovation in the Public Sector’), but our workshop content is primarily driven by your current research interests. Against this background, this call invites proposals from the rich variety of research pertaining to public administration, management and policy – provided your proposal re ects upon the theoretical base of your research design and discusses your methodological approach.
The symposium is open only to invited and active participants. Each accepted participant is expected to deliver a paper, to present it during the symposium and to act as discussant of another paper. The time frame for each paper will be as follows: presentation by author: 15 to 20 minutes, comments by discussant: 10 to 15 minutes, open debate and reply by author: 15 minutes. Both the presentations and the subsequent feedbacks and discussions are expected to contribute to the improvement of papers and to improve their chance of future publication.
In addition to thematic tracks that run parallel to each other, the organizers in conjunction with distinguished guest speakers will offer 2-3 joint sessions to provide input, for example, on research designs, methodological or theoretical approaches.
The two-day symposium is also a forum designed to promote professional networking with other workshop participants as well as members of the European public administration / management research community more generally. To this end, there will be a social event on one of the evenings of the symposium.
Certi cates and Best Paper Award
Upon completion of the symposium, all participants will receive a certi cate. In addition, the convenors of the symposium will consider the most innovative and rigorous papers for the 2017 EGPA PhD Award.
Submission of abstracts and evaluation process: How to apply?
Selection of participants will be based on the review of the complete application package: Please include the following:
- personal details: name and address of applicant, academic institution/university/ department, supervisor(s), area and topic of the dissertation or PhD project, af liation with a PhD school or program (if applicable);
- letter of motivation: What do you want to get out of this symposium? How advanced is your project? How will your contribution bene t other participants? How is your proposed paper related to your PhD project?
- paper abstract (1,000 words maximum): details of the proposed paper: title, underlying problems, clear research questions, research design and methodological orientation, relevant theories and theoretical/analytical approaches, rst hypotheses and propositions, expected ndings and results, problems and challenges the author may face in the research.
Single-authored papers and papers directly related to the PhD project of the author will be preferred. Abstracts will be judged against the following criteria: a) originality; b) theoretical foundations; c) rigour and appropriateness of methodology; d) potential contribution to advancing the relevant elds of public administration and management.
The symposium is open to all PhD students and junior researchers who wish to get involved in the international public administration and management research community hosted by EGPA.
The deadline for submission of your complete application package is 10 April 2017 (only as online submission directly through the of cial EGPA conference website).
Deadline for online submission of complete application materials: 10 April 2017
Nomination of accepted papers and noti cation of participants: 8 May 2017
Deadline for online submission of full papers: 1 August 2017
Assignment of discussants: 14 August 2017
PhD symposium: 28 – 29 August 2017.
Venue of the symposium
The EGPA PhD Symposium will be held on the 28 and 29 August 2017 on the Bovisa Campus of the Politecnico di Milano School of Management. The PhD Symposium is an integral part of the annual EGPA conference, which is scheduled from 30 August through 1 September 2017. The conference organizers will provide opportunities for participants to get accommodation at a reasonable rate and to have the opportunity to stay as a group at the same hotel for the time of both the symposium and conference so as to facilitate professional networking and exchanges.
A participation fee of € 100 (+ VAT) will be charged for the symposium. In addition, participants will have privileged access to the EGPA conference. The combined fee for both events is €250 (+ VAT) (the reduced fee for the EGPA conference alone for PhD students is €200 (+ VAT). All fees are exclusive of accommodation.
Please note that only applicants with an accepted paper for presentation can register for the symposium.
Contact details of chair and convenors
A team of established faculty members will serve as convenors of discussion groups and sessions. Also, we will commission additional experts to contribute to the program of the symposium. Please refer all academic questions about your participation in the symposium directly to the chair of the symposium.
- Professor Eckhard Schroeter (Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen) email@example.com (chair);
- Professor Emanuele Lettieri (Politecnico di Milano) firstname.lastname@example.org; • Professor Christoph Reichard (University of Potsdam) email@example.com;
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