The 29th NISPAcee Annual Conference

The 29th NISPAcee Annual Conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia, October 21 - October 23, 2021

Excellent conference. I really enjoyed the papers, speakers, schedule and location and great staff!

D.B., United States, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague

...relating to public administration and policy. Good opportunities for networking.

N.D., Georgia, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague

Excellent participants, argument-driven discussions, impartial and supportive Chairs in the Working Group.

D.G., Republic of North Macedonia, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague detail and I really enjoyed the supportive and encouraging atmosphere there. Thank you!

R.B., Lithuania, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague

...both in terms of academic quality and logistics, and also social events. It was a true joy.

E.Z., Bulgaria, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague

...The special programmes were really excellent and we took home many varied experiences.

P.N., Hungary, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague

...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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PhD Pre-conference Seminar
How to improve the quality  of your research paper

  • Michiel S. de Vries, Institute for Management Research, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands,

He holds the chair in Public Administration at the Radboud University of Nijmegen and is visiting professor at the Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. He is president of IASIA, full member of the Group of Independent Experts on the European Charter of Local Self-Government of the Council of Europe and member of the editorial board of numerous journals on Public Administration. His research concentrates on local government, public sector reform, policy evaluation, policy change and comparative public administration.

  • Iwona Sobis, School of Public Administration, Gothenburg University, Sweden,
Member of the editorial board of some journals on Public Administration and others. Her research over the period 1995-2010 can be summarized as the collection of in-depth case-studies on Western assistance to Central and Eastern Europe during the transition from socialism to a market economy seen from the perspective of recipients, foreign advisors, donor organizations and responsible politicians. Her later empirical research concerns: public sector reforms with a special focus on care for elderly, performance management, policy evaluation, job satisfaction, free movement of EU citizens. She is lecturing on leadership, management, and governance in public administration.

Call for applications



The day before the NISPAcee conference begins, a PhD seminar will take place in the venue where the NISPAcee conference is also being held.


The seminar will discuss the preparation of a research paper, formulating a relevant research question, putting the research question within a theoretical framework and conducting the necessary research in a valid and reliable way in order to answer the research question. It is not so much about writing everything down, but rather to provoke a substantial discussion about the need for a coherent structure of a research paper.




The second part of the seminar addresses topics related to writing a research paper. This involves issues related to substance as well as the writing process. In this part of the seminar PhD students present their research and/or listen to other PhD students presenting their research, discuss these in a closed and trusted environment and receive advice from the chairs. Depending on the number of participants, one or more time-slots will be reserved for this part of the seminar.



Selection conditions


1. Being a PhD-student from the NISPAcee region.

2. Having a paper in the field of Public Administration, the participant is willing to present and discuss a draft of a research plan for a dissertation.

3. Interest in participating in the entire seminar.

4. Interest in taking a part in discussions about the papers and research plans of others.

5. Interest in reading at least one other paper or draft research plan beforehand.


Paper criteria


All kinds of papers are accepted as long as they have an empirical component, be it a case study or a comparative study, and irrespective of whether it is a draft or a final version.


PhD students who submitted a paper proposal for the other conference WGs/panels can also apply.




All accepted students should register online for the conference and pay the relevant conference fees. There will be special reduced fees for PhD students with a paper presentation. Registered students can participate in other conference activities afterwards.