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 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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30th NISPAcee Annual Conference

"Crises, Vulnerability and Resilience in Public Administration"

June 2-4, 2022

Bucharest, Romania

PhD Pre-conference Seminar


Seminar coordinators:

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

Iwona Sobis, School of Public Administration, Gothenburg University, Sweden,

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The PhD Pre-conference Seminar: "How to Improve the Quality of your Research Paper?" in Bucharest took place on 1st Jun 2022. The seminar had two chairs, Michiel de Vries, from Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands and Iwona Sobis from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. The seminar was divided into three interactive sessions in which the following were discussed: (1) the role of the introduction and conclusion of the papers, (2) the role of the methodological chapter and its presentation, (3) the role of theory, its presentation in research, but also the different ways of its application in research.

In each session two PhD-students presented selected chapters of their articles and the chairs provided information, comments, and advice on how to improve specific parts of the article and how to organise papers to meet the international standards required for publication. This interactive approach allowed all participants in the pre-conference to discuss the respective chapters and debate the importance of empirical research for the everyday practice of public administration. The major aim of the pre-conference was to improve the structure of the PhD theses by performing an analysis of the differences between the papers, but also by pointing out the differences between papers based on empirical or theoretical research. The chairs informed how these differences should be reflected in the theses.

The pre-conference was a hybrid character, as five PhD-students physically attended  and one PhD-student participated online. The pre-conference was well appreciated by all participants for the open discussions, the constructive criticism of the content of the papers combined with pragmatic solutions, pinpointing weaknesses of the texts and finding their strengths.