The 28th NISPAcee Annual Conference

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Conference photos available

In the conference participated 317 participants

Conference programme published

Almost 250 conference participants from 36 countries participated

Conference Report

The 28th NISPAcee Annual Conference cancelled

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...Sessions were interesting, scholars were engaging and all the social events were amazing!

B.K., Kazakhstan, 26th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2018, Iasi

Excellent organization, excellent food. Compliments to the organizers, they did a wonderful job!

V.J., Netherlands, 26th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2018, Iasi

...I must say that the PhD pre-conference seminar was the most useful seminar of my life. Very well...

K.V., Czech Republic, 26th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2018, Iasi

... I would even argue that they are the very best - both in terms of scientific content and also entertainment…

P.W., Denmark, 26th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2018, Iasi

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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WG4: Inter-regional and Cross-border Cooperation and Development

WG coordinators: 

  • Barabashev, Alexey – National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russiaa,

Prof. Alexey G. Barabashev teaches courses at the Research University - Higher School of Economics - on the civil service, including civil service reforms in Russia, and evaluation of the effectiveness of administration. 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, including the impact of effectiveness evaluations on the work of administration. Currently, he is the President of the School of Graduate studies at National Research University – Higher School of Economics (Moscow). From 2004 until 2019 he has served as President (2011-2019) and Dean (2004-2011) of the School of Public Administration and Management and 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 for public service reform under 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) scholar in 1992 and 2013,President of the Kennan Russian Alumni Association (1992-1996), and President-elect of the Alumni Association for Russia-US Academic Exchange Programs (1996-2000). From 2015 till 2019 he has served as a member of the Advisory Council of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies.
  • Andreeva, Lyubimka - Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski”, Sofia, Bulgaria,

Dr. Lyubimka Andreeva is a Chief Assistant Professor at Department of Public Administration at Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski”. She works in the field of public administration, including the regulations of energy sector, services of general economic interest, more specifically energy services, public policy, public governance (the regulatory state), administrative systems and development. Her work experience includes teaching courses in the areas of Administrative systems and development, Assessment of the administrative capacity, Human resource management and Energy governance. Main areas of scientific interest are governance, public policies, the effectiveness of their implementation, the role of public services as key policy instruments in the Inter-regional cooperation and development process.
  • Annika Jaansoo, University of Twente, The Netherlands,

Annika Jaansoo is a PhD student in University of Twente, The Netherlands. Her research is about cross-border cooperation of subnational governments (regions and local governments) in service provision: "Provision of Services Across International Borders: Factors driving Cooperation of Subnational Governments in Europe". In addition to her academic research interest, through her work experience as an Expert in international organizations (AEBR, AER) (2015 to date), Auditor (2012-2014), Development Manager (2010-2012) and Partner/Senior Consultant (2001-2010), Annika Jaansoo has expertise in subnational governance in practice.

Call for papers:
The main focus is the concept of inter-regional cooperation and regional development caused by cooperation, its definitions and its rationale.

The aims of WG are to provide an analysis of history and contemporary practice of inter-regional cooperation, its management, its forms and administrative procedures, its social and cultural peculiarities, and the impact of inter-regional cooperation on the development of regions (including within the borders of one state, and international cooperation) that are involved in cooperative processes. The theories of regional development that is caused by inter-regional cooperative processes, according to the aims of WG IV, should be specified as theories of inter-regional development, which take into account the benefits, challenges, outputs and outcomes of cooperation. 

One of the topics of WG is dedicated to opportunities and challenges of transport policy and infrastructure cooperation in Central and Eastern Europe. The common regional transport policy and common infrastructure cooperation are still under-evaluated today. Specifically, the development of transnational cooperation should act as a catalyst for the realisation of intelligent solutions that respond to the regional challenges in the area of transport.

The broad themes for abstracts/proposals and key shifts which we are keen to facilitate discussion around, include, but are not limited to:

Administrative governance in inter-regional cooperation and development at European, national or International level;
The role of the different stakeholders (national, regional and local governments; civil societies) in inter-regional cooperation and the development process; 
Strategies of inter-regional cooperation and development both within the EU and beyond;
Sectoral inter-regional cooperation and development in the NISPAcee region;
Transport management and management issues, driving forces of trans-regional and inter-regional cooperation in the regions. Monitoring, systematisation and grounding of EU directives and objectives for the development of transport systems;
Situation analysis of opportunities, possibilities and challenges for transport policy and infrastructure cooperation, the regional transport network establishing, financing of the regional transport systems;
Implementation of inter-regional cooperation and development, its challenges and outcomes, and evaluations;
Best practices of inter-regional cooperation and development;
Theories of inter-regional cooperation and development. 

The above mentioned fields of research and practices require participants to contribute to the theories and practice of the "Inter-regional Cooperation and Development" by including a variety of theoretical and practical data concerning the present and future development of inter-regional cooperation and development at all levels of governance (transnational, national, regional and local). 

We are expecting final papers based on abstracts which address one or several of the above mentioned issues and have both theoretical and practical relevance, i.e. applicants should take into account and include in their papers, recommendations for better shaping of inter-regional cooperation and development, including points for practitioners and points relating to the EU and neighbouring countries and regions of NISPAcee, in relation to theoretic issues. Papers which are highly innovative, collaborative, international or multi-disciplinary are especially welcome. 

Papers will be considered by the coordinators of WG against the criteria of originality, subject balance and geographical (NISPAcee area) spread. Papers should include:

- The names of the authors and their affiliation,
- Introduction, which clearly states the objectives of the paper, 
- Description of the problem studied,
- The research question to be answered in the paper,
- The way in which the research question is going to be answered,
- Information about the case(s)/data to be analysed,
- Evaluation and policy implications,
- Conclusions and discussion about the results, and the recommendations for practitioners (this part needs to result from the previous parts of the paper).