- Külli Sarapuu, Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia, email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Külli Sarapuu is Associate Professor at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia. Before joining the Nurkse Department in 2007 she worked for the Estonian Government Office. Külli Sarapuu has been engaged as an expert and lecturer in various projects focusing on the functioning of the Estonian public sector. She teaches courses on Estonian public administration, public sector coordination and public management reform. In the years 2008-2016 she was acting as the Program Director for the Executive Master of Public Management program at the Nurkse Department. Her research focuses on public sector organization, civil service systems, public sector coordination and the governance of small states. She has taken a special interest in the post-communist transformation of administrative structure in Central and Eastern Europe and has published broadly on the respective changes in Estonia. Külli Sarapuu’s current research projects include Coordination Instruments at the Center of Government: Opportunities and Limitations of Temporary Task Forces (personal grant by the Estonian Research Council) and Navigating the Storm: Small States in the EU (EU Jean Monnet Network). She is a co-chair of the European Group for Public Administration permanent study group "Governance of Public Sector Organizations”. Külli Sarapuu was engaged in the organization of the 1st NISPAcee and EGPA Trans-European Dialogue (TED) in Tallinn, Estonia (2008) and the 5th TED in Budapest, Hungary (2012). In 2014, she was endowed with the NISPAcee Mzia Mikeladze PhD Thesis Award.
- Eka Akobia, Caucasus School of Governance, Caucasus University, Georgia, email@example.com
Eka Akobia is Dean of the Caucasus School of Governance and a Director of the Institute of Peace Studies (IPS) at Caucasus University. She is also an Associate Professor at Tbilisi State University (TSU). She teaches theories of international relations (MA and PHD), international organizations, EU external relations and UN Peacekeeping Operations courses. She has published a number of academic articles as well as contributed to three edited volumes in the European Union series. She also regularly contributes news analysis to such media platforms as civil.ge and the Clarion.
Eka Akobia obtained her PHD in International Relations from Tbilisi State University. She acquired her MA degree in International Relations from Baylor University, USA and her BA degree in Political Science from Hartwick College, USA. She has participated in several senior level non-degree programmes, such as the Qualitative Research Methods Course (ICQRM) from Syracuse University, USA (2011); the Summer University on "Federalism, Constitutionalism and Conflict Transformation in Multiethnic Societies” University of Fribourg, Switzerland (2005) and the NATO Senior Executive Master Course, Bucharest, Romania (2004).
Besides academia, Eka Akobia has extensive public service experience. She worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia from 2005 until 2016 and has a broad experience in Georgia’s foreign policy. She holds a diplomatic rank of Counselor. Amongst other positions, she has worked as the Deputy Director of the Department of the Americas (2009-2010), the Deputy Director of the Political Department (2010-2012) and as the Director of the Asia, Africa, Australia and the Pacific Department (2012-2016).
Call for papers
The NISPAcee Annual Conference Open Session calls for papers which cover topics beyond the conference main theme and the working groups. The Open Session aims to include a wide array of potential contributors in order to accommodate varied interests of Public Administration and Policy scholars, experts, and practitioners. The goal is to have an in-depth discussion of the papers and mutually beneficial exchange between the authors.
The criteria for the acceptance of the abstracts are:
• a relevant public administration, public policy or political science topic;
• from the NISPAcee region, about the region or touching a theoretical topic significant to the region, i.e. Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Caucasus;
• the scholarly quality of the abstracts.
The submitted abstracts should outline:
- the names of the authors and their affiliation;
- the objectives and research questions of the paper;
- the theoretical perspective adopted;
- the data and methodology to be used; and
- expected findings, if possible.
The Open Session relies on the active contribution and synergy of the participants. The authors may be invited to act as discussants for one another’s papers presented in the Session during the Conference. In order to support substantial discussion, the authors are expected to submit their full papers by 20 May 2022 at the latest.
From participants of this session full paper is required before the conference.
Deadline of full paper submission is 20th of May 2022.
You can find manuscript guidelines on THIS LINK.