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

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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

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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

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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

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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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30th NISPAcee Annual Conference

"Crises, Vulnerability and Resilience in Public Administration"

June 2-4, 2022

Bucharest, Romania

Panel: COVID-19 and Organisational Changes in Public Administration




David Špaček, Masaryk University, Czech Republic,
David Špaček is an associate professor at the Faculty of Economics and Administration, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. 

Jens Weiss, Hochschule Harz, Germany, Jens Weiss is a professor at the Harz University of Applied Sciences, Germany. 

Pavel Horák, Masaryk University, Czech Republic,

Pavel Horák is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Masaryk University. 

Sanja Vrbek, Faculty of Public Administration, University of Ljubljana,



– Report


We initiated and organised the panel in order to spark a broader discussion on the impact of COVID-19 on the public sector and to get additional input for our joint research project ‘Impacts of COVID-19 on organisational change and digitalisation in public administration’ (funded by the Slovenian Research Agency ARRS under grant No J5-3105 and the Czech Science Foundation (GACR) under No 21-47171L).


We received 9 paper proposals for the panel. We accepted all of them and provided the authors with recommendations for the preparation of their papers. Due to the number of authors who actually registered for the conference, two conference sessions were allocated to our panel.


At the beginning of the first session, we presented the aims of our panel and our joint project, as well as the findings of our preliminary research on the impact of national measures on public administration in Slovenia and Czechia. This was followed by a presentation of a study on the extent to which selected central authorities in Romania have implemented the concept of the learning organisation. The second part included two papers, the first outlining the results of a bibliometric analysis of the COVID-19 research in public administration, the second summarising the findings of a biographical analysis of research published on the topic of trust in public institutions in EU member states during the pandemic.


The panel provoked an inspiring debate in which important points were raised that will contribute significantly to our project and will help the authors to improve their papers. The panel also provided a good platform to connect researchers in future joint research and publication initiatives. We think and believe that the panel was inspiring and fulfilled its goals. We would like to thank the authors for joining us and NISPAcee for giving us the opportunity to moderate the panel.