The 26th NISPAcee Annual Conference

Conference photos available

Conference photos available

In the conference participated 317 participants

Conference programme published

Almost 250 conference participants from 36 countries participated

Conference Report

An opportunity to learn from other researchers and other countries' experiences on certain topics.

G.A.C., Hungary, 25th Conference 2017, Kazan

Very well organised, excellent programme and fruitful discussions.

M.M.S., Slovakia, 25th Conference 2017, Kazan

The NISPAcee conference remains a very interesting conference.

M.D.V., Netherlands, 25th Conference 2017, Kazan

Thank you for the opportunity to be there, and for the work of the organisers.

D.Z., Hungary, 24th Conference 2016, Zagreb

Well organized, as always. Excellent conference topic and paper selection.

M.S., Serbia, 23rd Conference 2015, Georgia

Perfect conference. Well organised. Very informative.

M.deV., Netherlands, 22nd Conference 2014, Hungary

Excellent conference. Congratulations!

S. C., United States, 20th Conference 2012, Republic of Macedonia

Thanks for organising the pre-conference activity. I benefited significantly!

R. U., Uzbekistan, 19th Conference, Varna 2011

Each information I got, was received perfectly in time!

L. S., Latvia, 21st Conference 2013, Serbia

The Conference was very academically fruitful!

M. K., Republic of Macedonia, 20th Conference 2012, Republic of Macedonia

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IV. Working Group on Regional Development and Inter-regional Cooperation

WG Programme Coordinators:
Alexey Barabashev, Professor, Research University-Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia
Prof. Alexey G. Barabashev teaches courses at the Research University - Higher School of Economics - on the civil service, including civil service reforms in Russia. His research interests are concentrated in the area of the theory of bureaucracy and applications of the theory towards Russian practical needs and methodology of reflexive systems. From 2004 until the present he has served as President (from 2011) and Dean (2004-2011) of the School of Public Administration and Managementand as the Chair of the Department of Civil and Municipal Service at Higher School of Economics. From 1997 to 2014 he served as a member of the advisors’ expert group forpublic service reformunder the Administration of the President of Russia. He is a member of several attestation commissions and expert councils for federal governmental bodies. He was a Woodrow Wilson (Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies) scholarin 1992 and 2013,President of the Kennan Russian Alumni Association (1992-1996), and President-elect of the Alumni Association for Russia-US Academic Exchange Programmes(1996-2000). From 2015 till the present he has served as a member of the Advisory Council of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies. 
Diana Stirbu, Senior Lecturer,  London Metropolitan University. United Kingdom
Dr. Stirbu is a Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, a UK regional governance and politics expert and acts as an independent trustee for the Centre for Public Scrutiny UK, and as advisory group member for the Institute of Welsh Affairs' Governance policy stream. Diana often undertakes advisory and consultancy work in relation to the National Assembly for Wales, provides expert advice on constitutional and legislative matters, and delivers bespoke executive training for overseas civil servants. Diana's current research projects include; commissioned research on barriers and incentives to standing for election in the National Assembly for Wales; exploring changes in the electoral opportunity structures for women at UK's sub-national level of governance; and investigating the development and consequences of public engagement practices in parliamentary democracies. At London Metropolitan University, Dr. Stirbu teaches Strategic Management in Public Sector Organisations, Multi-level Governance and Introduction to the Policy Process. She supervises doctoral students working on similar areas of interest within the fields of public administration reforms and regional governance."


Main focus and working aims

The aim of the Working Group on Regional Development and Inter-regional Co-operation is to identify, explore and disseminate new research within the broad field of regional governance and create a platform for academics and practitioners to debate and advance new scholarship and solutions to pressing issues. Our main focus is on the theory and practice of regional development and inter-regional cooperation on different levels (from state to local, municipal) and aspects (administrative in its relations with social, economic, cultural), to cover the history and good practices of the process.


Specific goals

In 2018 the Working Group will concentrate its sessions on the effects of social and political uncertainty on regional governance and inter-regional co-operation, and bring the work under the umbrella title of: "Regional Governance in Uncertain Times”.

We are therefore inviting papers that broadly fall within the following topics:

the challenges to regional governance in an age of social and political uncertainty;

regional and municipal cooperation as a catalyst for regional development;

the role of cooperative regional clusters in Europe and neighbouring countries in promoting good governance.


Guidelines for contributors

We are inviting abstracts (of no more than 350 words) that should represent original research in the area. The abstracts should emphasise the research problem, methods, and theoretical approach as well as highlight the possible practical implications and benefits to practitioners. The positive cases of good practice of regional development and cooperation, especially from the NISPAcee region are most welcome.