The 29th NISPAcee Annual Conference

The 30th NISPAcee Annual Conference, Bucharest, Romania, June 2 - June 4, 2022

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

...to 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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International Program Committee

Members:
 
Main Conference Theme

Marius Profiroiu, Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania
E-mail: profiroiu@gmail.com
 
Professor Constantin Marius Profiroiu teaches public policy and good governance at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies where he is the Vice-rector for International Relations. He is Fulbright Senior Alumnus 2010-2011 at Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, University of Kentucky. From May 2014 until May 2016, he was the President of the Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe (NISPAcee). Also, he is member of European Statistical Governance Advisory Board (ESGAB) since 2015. He was Director-general of the European Integration Department in Romania from 2001 to 2002 and also held the post of State Secretary within the Ministry of Public Administration and Interior between 2002-2004. He was in charge of the coordination of the public administration reform and responsible with the Phare program in the field of civil service reform and decentralization process in Romania. Marius Profiroiu is author of numerous publications in the field of civil service, decentralisation, governance, strategic management.

Maja Klun, Faculty of Public Administration, University of Ljubljana
E-mail: maja.klun@fu.uni-lj.si

Professor Maja Klun started her career at state administration and her academic career in 1994. The Government appointed her as a member of the Government Group for Development of Performance-Oriented Budgeting for the period 2005-2007. In 2007, she has been a contracting partner in the government activities in the field of better regulation, especially in the measurement of administrative costs. From 2009-2013 she was Member of the Government Strategic Group for public sector. Her main research fields are public sector economics and public finance. She took an active part in several national and international research projects from this field.
Open Session

Külli Sarapuu, Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia,
E-mail: kylli.sarapuu@taltech.ee

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,
E-mail: eakobia@cu.edu.ge

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).

I. Working Group: Local Government
 
Michiel S. de Vries, Institute for Management Research, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
E-mail: m.devries@fm.ru.nl

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.
 
Daniel Klimovský, Comenius University in Bratislava, Faculty of Arts, Department of Political Science.
E-mail: daniel.klimovsky@gmail.com

Daniel Klimovský is Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts, Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. At the same he cooperates with the Institute of Political Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. He is alternate member of the Group of Independent Experts on the European Charter of Local Self-Government of the Council of Europe. In addition, he is member of the editorial board of several journals focused on public administration and/or public policy. His research and educational activities are focused on public administration, as well as political issues linked to sub-national levels. He has been involved in numerous international projects, and he is a policy advisor or analyst of several public authorities.

Tim jäkel, National Research University Higher School of Economics: School of Public Administration, Russia.

E-mail: tim.jaekel@posteo.de

Tim Jäkel is an Assistant Professor at the School of Politics and Governance of the National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russian Federation. He holds a PhD in Political Science (Dr. rer. pol.) from the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Prior to joining the National Research University Higher School of Economics, he worked as a research fellow at the German Research Institute for Public Administration Speyer, Germany. Tim’s research interests include public management, work-attitudes and behaviors, and public affairs in Russia. Results from his research were recently published in the International Review of Public Administration, the NISPACee Journal of Public Administration and Policy, Statistics, Politics and Policy, and Teaching Public Administration.

II. Working Group: E-government
 
Robert Krimmer, Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia.
E-mail: robert.krimmer@ut.ee

Robert Krimmer is Full Professor of e-Governance within Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance at the School of Business and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia. Robert’s research is focused on the transformation of the public sector, electronic participation and democracy, as well as e-voting, and all issues contributing to developing a digital society. Robert is Associate Editor of the international scientific journal Government Information Quarterly (GIQ), where he is in charge of participation issues. Further, Robert coordinates TOOP, the EU H2020 large-scale pilot on exploring and demonstrating the feasibility of the once-only principle involving 50+ partners from 21 countries inside and outside the European Union. He was member of the group of experts to the Council of Europe Ad-Hoc Committee on Electronic Voting (CAHVE) which had the task to update the CoE's recommendation on legal, technical and operational standards for Electronic Voting. Also, he was one of the lead experts for the Council of Europe Ad-Hoc Committee on Electronic Democracy and drafted Annex 1 of the CoE Recommendation (2009) on e-Democracy. Before returning to academia, Robert was OSCE/ODIHR's first senior adviser on new voting technologies. In the past he advised CoE, OSCE/ODIHR, UNDP, WHO, ITU, the European Commission and AWEB on various matters.
 
Nicolae Urs, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania .
E-mail: urs@fspac.ro

Nicolae Urs, a vice-dean of the college, is interested in everything related to technology. More specifically, he has been studying and researching the way in which public institutions employ new technologies, the changes that the new social networks brought about in communication, the opportunities provided by "big data" and the way in which visualising statistical data can help decelerate social trends. He has a PhD in online communication, to which he added an internship in the United States. He teaches courses related to e-Government, to the use of new technologies, and to online communication. He is actively involved in public institutions' digitization projects, both at the level of the city of Cluj-Napoca, as well as at a national level.

III. Working Group: Public Administration Reform in CEE and CA
 
Dr. Diana-Camelia Iancu, Faculty of Public Administration, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania.
E-mail: dciancu@gmail.com

Diana-Camelia Iancu is a Senior Lecturer of European Governance and serves as Dean of the Faculty of Public Administration at the National School of Political Studies and Public Administration. She was public policy consultant for different international donors (OECD, World Bank Group) and managed a European Social Fund project dealing with blended learning and quality assessment of public administration teaching programmes in Romania. Her research interests include international development and administrative capacity building in transitional countries.
 
Dr. Veronica Junjan, Department of Public Administration, Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands.
E-mail: V.Junjan@utwente.nl

Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Administration, Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Science, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands. Her current research focuses on investigating decision-making processes and public performance management, particularly within the mechanisms and dynamics of public sector reform associated with EU multi-level governance. Since 2008 she has been involved as co-Chair in the coordination of the work of, first the Panel, then the Working Group on Public Administration Reform in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

IV. Working Group: Inter-regional and Cross-border Cooperation and Development
 
Lyubimka Andreeva - Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski”, Sofia, Bulgaria.
E-mail: lubima_@abv.bg

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.

Alexey Barabashev – National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia.
E-mail: abarabashev@hse.ru

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.

Annika Jaansoo, University of Twente, The Netherlands.
E-mail: a.jaansoo@utwente.nl

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.

V. Working Group: Public Finance and Public Financial Management

Lucie Sedmihradska, Lecturer, Department of Public Finance, University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic.
E-mail: sedmih@vse.cz

Lucie Sedmihradska is a Lecturer at the Department of Public Finance, University of Economics in Prague. Aside from teaching she has been involved in several local and international research projects focusing on public budgets, local government finance and inter-municipal cooperation. She has published approximately two dozen journal articles and book chapters. She has been involved in NISPAcee since 2000, and since 2007 has been one of the coordinators of the WG on Public Sector Finance and Accounting and the WG on Fiscal Policy. She has also edited (co-edited) three books on local government finance issues in transition countries which were the outcome of the activities of the WG on Public Sector Finance and Accounting.

Juraj Nemec, Professor of Public Finance and Management, Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic and Matej Bel University Banska Bystrica, Slovakia.
E-mail: juraj.nemec@umb.sk

He holds an MBA in Business Administration, a Ph.D. in Public Sector Economics and is a Professor of Public Finance and Public Management, with more than 33 years’ experience in teaching in public sector management and procurement. He has published over 400 books and scientific articles in this field and held several academic posts, including the position of "Dean of the Faculty of Finance". During his academic and professional career he has gained immense experience in the political and administrative situation in the European integration process and EU enlargement.

Aleksander Aristovnik, Associate Professor, Faculty of Public Administration, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.
E-mail: aleksander.aristovnik@fu.uni-lj.si

Aleksander Aristovnik is employed at the Faculty of Public Administration (University of Ljubljana) as an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics and Public Sector Management. In addition, he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the Faculty of Economics (University of Ljubljana). His areas of research interest encompass public sector economics, public administration reform, public finance, public policy evaluation, European integration and macroeconomics.Professionally and scientifically, he has deepened his knowledge and skills at a number of summer schools and workshops, as well as a visiting scholar hosted by Princeton University, University of Nevada (Reno) (USA), University of Dubai, Zayed University (UAE), University of Gent (BEL) and Chinese Academy of Science (CHN). He has actively participated in around seventy international conferences and has recently performed as a head of a few international and domestic research projects financed by the Slovenian Research Agency (SRA). He has also published and reviewed number of scientific articles in domestic and international (SSCI-indexed) journals. He is a member of editorial board of numerous scientific monographs and international journals (e.g. Public policy and administration, International journal of public policy, etc.), various international conferences (NISPAcee, MakeLearn & TIIM, ICICTE, etc.) and associations/organizations (e.g. EEA, INFER, ATINER, etc.) and is frequently appointed as an external evaluator of scientific projects for different European research agencies. He is also active outside academia as a member of the Slovenian Officials' Council, as a managing director of a think-thank Zavod 14 and as a professional expert of the Court of Audit of the Republic of Slovenia.

VI. Working Group: Evidence-Based Public Policy Making
 
Lesya Ilchenko-Syuyva, National Academy of Public Administration, Office of the President of Ukraine, Kiev, Ukraine.
E-mail: lesya.ilchenko@gmail.com

Associate Professor, Economic Policy Department at the National Academy of Public Administration, Office of the President of Ukraine. She worked as an adviser in policy analysis and financial policy for various technical assistance projects provided by USAID, CIDA, and UNDP and participated in training projects provided by Wales University, World Bank etc. in CEE and Balkan countries. She has wide experience in designing and delivering training courses for multi-ethnic groups. She has more than 100 publications which include monographs, articles, and research and policy papers.

Jaroslav Dvorak, Klaipeda University, Klaipeda, Lithuania.
E-mail: Jaroslav.dvorak@ku.lt

Dr. Jaroslav Dvorak is Head of the Department of Public Administration and Political Sciences and has longstanding research experience in public service delivery and performance evaluation of public organisations. He has also prepared and published scientific publications on these subjects. Jaroslav Dvorak is the coordinator of the two study programmes: Bachelor in Public Administration and Master in Regional Governance. Jaroslav Dvorak contributed to the preparation of the Inventory of the Public Administration profession for the Study Quality Assessment Centre in Lithuania. He was visiting researcher at Uppsala University (2017), Institute of Russian and Eurasian Studies, Sweden and visiting professor at Bialystok Technical University (2017), Poland. Jaroslav Dvorak is involved in the editorial board of international scientific journals. He has conducted research in Poland, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Lithuania, Belarus, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Australia on different issues relating to evidence based policy. Currently he is working with different projects on e-participation in Baltic states.

Mihaela Victoria Carausan, National School of Political Sciences and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania.
E-mail: mihaela.carausan@administratiepublica.eu

Mihaela V. Cărăuşan held positions in the government; in the nongovernmental sector; and in academia. Presently, she is Vicedean at the Faculty of Public Administration, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration and Executive Director at the Association Centre of Academic Excellence.
Her professional development includes trainings followed at the Centre International de Formation Européenne from Nice, France (1998), Venice Commission – Council of Europe (2001 and 2007), the Romanian Institute of Diplomacy (2010) and Complutense University of Madrid (2013).
Carausan has published widely in the areas of administrative law, street-level bureaucracy, regulatory impact assessment, citizens’ participation and public integrity. Her recent research has focused on monitoring and evaluation of public procurement, and she authored more than 50 articles and books in the areas of interests. She collaborates with different journals as member of the scientific committees or as reviewer. Dr. Carausan received her PhD from the University of Craiova in European Union law and her Master’s from the University "NicolaeTitulescu”. She coordinated different Romanian and European research and educational projects, and she is a member of the American Society of Public Administration, American Evaluation Association and European Law Institute.

VII. Working Group: Public Administration Education

Calin Hintea, Babes-Bolyai University, Department of Public Administration, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
E-mail: hintea@fspac.ro

Calin Emilian Hintea is a Professor at Babes Bolyai University, Romania and Adjunct Professor at Michigan State University. He teaches Public Management and Strategy courses. Professor Hintea is the Dean of the College of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences at BBU. He is also a former Secretary of State, Head of Strategy Unit, the Prime Minister's Office (2009-2011) as well as a former Chair of the Public Administration Department at BBU (2004-2012). He is the Senior Editor of the Transylvanian Review of Administrative Sciences (ISI Journal).


Roger Hamlin, Michigan State University and Babes-Bolyai University.
E-mail: hamlin@msu.edu

Professor of Urban Planning directs several projects for the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR) at Michigan State U. (MSU) and is Associate Dean for International Programs at Babes-Bolyai U. He was previously Associate Director of IPPSR, Resident Fellow, and Director of International Programs and was Director of the Urban and Regional Planning Program at MSU for eleven years. He also administered the Community Planning Program at Columbus State University in Georgia.He currently directs projects that build governance capacities at the sub-national level in the US and abroad. Dr. Hamlin earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Hamilton College in New York and a Master's and Ph.D. from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. He has worked for the Senate and the Office of Planning Services of New York and has lived and worked in South America, the Caribbean, Asia and Europe. He has authored several books on public-private partnerships. Professor Hamlin has earned the White House Achievement Award, The Nelson Jack Edwards Award and the Illinois Foundation Award. He has earned national awards from the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Certified Planners. He was a CIC Academic Leadership Fellow.

VIII.Working Group: Non-Governmental Organizations in Central and Eastern Europe


Paula-Mariana BEUDEAN, Public Administration and Management Department, ”Babeș-Bolyai” University, Romania,
E-mail: beudean@fspac.ro

Paula Beudean has been working with the Department of Public Administration & Management, "Babeș-Bolay” University, as an NGO practitioner, delivering courses, at the graduate and undergraduate levels, on NGO Management, Fundraising in NGOs, Volunteering Marketing, Advocacy and Lobby for NGOs since 2008. Her research focuses on NGO Leadership, NGOs’ readiness for innovation and digital transformation, NGOs and business cooperation, NGOs and their involvement in education services, etc. Paula has 15 years of experience in the non-profit sector, working in Romania and abroad. Currently, she works with an NGO in Romania and another one in Norway, as a project manager, grant manager and facilitator/trainer. Her NGO expertise is in fundraising, CSR, PR, design thinking, storytelling, media literacy, entrepreneurship, financial education, community development, and child protection.

Mária Murray Svidroňová, Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia,
E-mail: maria.murraysvidronova@umb.sk

Mária Murray Svidroňová is an Associate Professor of Public Economy and Services at the Faculty of Economics, Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia. Her pedagogical and research activities are focused on the economics and management of the third sector, public and private nonprofit organizations, civil society and CSOs. She is particularly interested in social innovation issues in the area of public service provision, e.g. through co-creation, community building, and civic activism. She is active in several international studies and research projects dealing with public service innovation and civic engagement. In cooperation with the Office of the Plenipotentiary of the Government for the Development of Civil Society, she participated in the preparation of legislative changes in the field of financing NGOs. She runs her own civic association. She was the chairperson of the Mayor's Council of Banská Bystrica for non-governmental organizations (2015 – 2019). She is a member of the Accreditation Commission of the Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic for Specialized Activities in the field of youth work.
 
Iga Jeziorska, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary,
E-mail: iga.jeziorska@sin.org.pl

Iga Kender-Jeziorska is a PhD student in the Doctoral School of Political Science at Corvinus University of Budapest. Her main research areas include non-governmental organisations and their involvement in policy-making and public service delivery, especially in the area of drug policy. She has been actively involved in the third sector since 2011. She is a member of the Board of Advisors and a coordinator of the international network Youth Organisations for Drug Action. Since July 2018 she has been serving as a Chair of the Working Group on EU Drug Strategy and Action Plan in the Civil Society Forum on Drugs - an advisory body to the European Commission.

Gyorgy Hajnal, Professor, Head of Department, Corvinus University of Budapest / Senior Researcher, Institute for Political Science, Center for Social Research of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (IPS CSR HAS), Hungary,
E-mail: gyorgy.hajnal@uni-corvinus.hu

Gyorgy Hajnal is a Professor in the Department of Public Policy and Management, Corvinus University of Budapest and Senior Researcher at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Political Science. Prior to his current positions he worked as a Senior Researcher/ Head of Department for 15 years at the Hungarian Institute of Public Administration and its successor organisation. Besides his full-time academic positions he has been and contiues to be extensively involved in international research cooperation projects in topics relating to comparative public management reforms. He has also served as a consultant to various international academic, governmental and business organisations. He has been serving as a NISPAcee President since May 2018.
 
IX.Working Group: The Rule of Law & Public Administration
 
Polonca Kovač, Faculty of Administration, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.
E-mail :Polonca.Kovac@fu.uni-lj.si

Polonca Kovač is a full professor of administrative law and public administration at the Faculty of Administration, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. She is as a steering committee member of the NISPAcee and a co-director of the Law and Administration panel of the European Group of Public Administration (EGPA). Her research and expertise are focused primarily on good governance principles, particularly rule of law, transparency and participation, administrative procedural law, inspection supervision and tax procedures, and reforms related to Europeanisation of public administration. She is an editor and author of numerous scientific articles, conference papers and edited books, editor-in-chief of the Central European Public Administration Review (CEPAR), and acts as an OECD/SIGMA expert.

Anamarija Musa, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Croatia.
E-mail : amusa@pravo.hr

Anamarija Musa is an associate professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Croatia. Her research and teaching topics include public administration reform and Europeanisation, regulation and regulatory governance, transparency and participation, e-government, local government and organisation theory. Besides academic work, she gained wide practical experience in projects and law drafting in Croatia (access to information, RIA, ombudsman, state administration, civil service, and administrative procedure) and SEE region, as well as the Croatian Information Commissioner 2013-2018.


X. Working group: Politico-Administrative Relations in CEE

Bernadette Connaughton, Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Limer Dick, Ireland

Dr Bernadette Connaughton is a Lecturer in Public Administration and served as Head, Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Limerick, from 2012-2015. Her teaching and research interests include comparative politico-administrative relations, ministerial advisers, environmental policy, and Europeanisation. From 2002-2008 she co-chaired the NISPAcee working group on Politico-Administrative Relations with Georg Sootla and B.Guy Peters. Her recent publications include a chapter in Ministers, Minders and Mandarins: An International Study of Relationships at the Executive Summit of Parliamentary Democracies (eds R. Shaw and C. Eichbaum) and a book The Implementation of Environmental Policy in Ireland: Lessons from translating EU directives into action (MUP in press).

Katarina Staronova, Institute of Public Policy, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia

Katarina Staronova graduated from Wagner School of Public Service, New York University USA and Central European University Budapest, Hungary. She hold PhD. from political science at Comenius University Bratislava Slovakia. In 2003 she worked as a research fellow at Woodrow Wilson Research Center, Washington D.C., USA.
She is an associate professor at the Institute of Public Policy, Comenius University Bratislava, Slovakia, having co-founded it in 2005 and which offers first MPA program in Slovakia. At the same time she teaches at the Leadership program of RANEPA, Moscow since 2018 and is a guest lecturer at several Universities in CEE countries. Her research/scientific activities specialize on politico-administrative relations, public administration modernization, civil service reform, the process of public policy creation (including the transposition process), etc. She was part of a working group at the Government Office Slovakia, preparing Strategy for human resource management in the public sector 2015-2020, and in creating the new Civil Service Law, which came into effect on 1 June 2017. She is an author of numerous academic articles and studies on issues in civil service, e.g. baseline report on Individual Performance Appraisal in Central Government Organizations in Western Balkans.
She also works as a consultant in the issues of public administration reform, civil service management and policy capacity of civil servants for the World Bank, UNDP, and OECD, where she has participated in analytical missions in countries such as Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Moldova, Kosovo, Georgia, Romania and others.
 
Panel: Policy Development and Coordination
 
Giorgi Bobghiashvili, Caucasus School of Governance, Caucasus University; Tbilisi, Georgia. gbobghiashvili@cu.edu.ge

Giorgi Bobghiashvili is a Visiting Lecturer at Caucasus School of Governance, Caucasus University. Mr. Bobghiashvili has been a career public servant and worked as a Head of Policy Planning Service in the Prime Minister’s Office of Georgia. He has led the Policy Development and Coordination Reform and under his tenure the service, in cooperation with partner organisations, embedded regulations and methodological guidelines that have resulted in the establishment of a new government-wide policy planning, monitoring and evaluation system. Mr Bobghiashvili has provided analysis to four prime ministers and advised line ministries on more than 20 sector policy documents. He is a John Smith Trust Fellow and his academic activities and interests include good governance, European principles of public administration, public service design and delivery and innovations in public sector.
 
Ivan Kopric, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia. ikopric@pravo.hr

Ivan Kopric is a Tenured Professor of Administrative Science and Local Governance, Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, and president of the Institute of Public Administration, Croatia. He is currently leading a project team of the University of Zagreb in charge of co-creating new European University of Post-Industrial Cities (UNIC, https://unic.eu/en). He received the Alena Brunovska Award for Teaching Excellence in Public Administration by the Network of Schools and Institutes of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe in 2016. He is the author and editor of more than 30 books with the most recent Referendum and Direct Democracy in Croatia (2021), Migrations, Diversity, Integration, and Public Governance in Europe and Beyond (2019), Evaluating Reforms of Local Public and Social Services in Europe (2018), and Europeanisation of the Croatian Local Self-Government (2018).

Panel: Governance and Politics of Small States

Külli Sarapuu, Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance, TallinnUniversity of Technology, Estonia, email:kylli.sarapuu@taltech.ee


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.
 
Jack Corbett, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Southampton, United Kingdom. J.Corbett@soton.ac.uk
Jack Corbett is Professor of Politics at the University of Southampton. His research specialisms include the politics of small states, institutional memory and foreign aid, and interpretive research methods. He is the author of six books, two edited volumes, and more than 60 articles, chapters and commentaries. He edits the Topics in the Contemporary Pacific book series for the University of Hawaii Press, acts as deputy editor of Small States and Territories Journal and associate editor of the Australian Journal of Public Administration, and from 2022 will serve as Co-Director of the soon-to-be launched ODI Sustainable and Resilient Islands Initiative.

Panel: COVID-19 and Organisational Changes in Public Administration
 
David Špaček, Masaryk University, Czech Republic, david.spacek@econ.muni.cz
David Špaček is an associate professor at the Faculty of Economics and Administration, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. In his research he has been focusing on administrative reforms, strategic planning and management, quality management, digitalization and participatory initiatives. More information is available here:https://www.muni.cz/en/people/77120-david-spacek.
Jens Weiss, Hochschule Harz, Germany, jweiss@hs-harz.de
Jens Weiss is a professor at the Harz University of Applied Sciences, Germany. His reseacrh focuses on public sector reforms, management practices in local governments and e-participation. More information is available here: https://www.hs-harz.de/english/prof-dr-weiss/about.
 
Pavel Horák, Masaryk University, Czech Republic, horak@apps.fss.muni.cz
Pavel Horák is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Masaryk University. In his research he has been dealing with various aspects of public management, public administration and governance and implementation of public policies (especially employment policy). More information is available here: https://www.muni.cz/en/people/22818-pavel-horak.
Sanja Vrbek, Faculty of Public Administration, University of Ljubljana, sanja.vrbek@fu.uni-lj.si
Sanja Vrbek works as a postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Public Administration, University of Ljubljana. Her main research interest is collaborative innovation in the public sector, digitalisation and public policy in general..
 
 
PhD Pre-conference Seminar
 
Michiel S. de Vries, Institute for Management Research, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands,
E-mail: m.devries@fm.ru.nl

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,
E-mail: iwona.sobis@spa.gu.se

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.
 
Poster session

Iwona Sobis, School of Public Administration, Gothenburg University, Sweden,
E-mail: iwona.sobis@spa.gu.se

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