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Photo credits : Milagro Elstak, Utrecht University

Courtesy of our co-organisers, Utrecht University, this video was shown during the closing ceremony and reflects the activities and enthusiasm of an EGPA Conference.


Photo credits : Milagro Elstak, Utrecht University

25 Aug 2016

EGPA Conference Pictures: Day 1

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Opening and Welcome Reception

25 Aug 2016

PhD Seminar Pictures : Day 2

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home_coverIRAS/RISA usually publishes some of the best papers from EGPA conferences. Not everyone realizes all the advantages of publishing in IRAS/RISA, so it may help if I spell some of them out here:

You may submit in French or English

  • If accepted, your paper will be published not only in the French (RISA) and English (IRAS) editions of the journal, but also in Chinese edition. Translations into other languages will be arranged by the journal – you do not have to organize that yourself
  • IRAS is published by Sage and has a very wide global circulation both in hard copy and electronically. Electronic downloads of articles have run at over 70,000 per annum for the English version, and over 60,000 the French version.
  • IRAS is a JCR-ranked journal and its 5-year Impact factor is 1 250.
  • The French edition (RISA) is also available on the CAIRN electronic platform (as well as in hard copy, as in the past)
  • RISA is also on Babel.

All submitted papers that are assessed as suitable by the editors will then be subjected to a double-blind review process. It needs to be understood that quite a lot of papers fall out at this stage – in fact, like all top journals, we receive many more papers than we can publish.

How to submit

There are basically two ways of approaching submission. One is to submit as an individual In which case it is very simple:

If you are submitting as an individual, go to the website: and upload your paper (7000 words max.) according to the instructions on screen.

If you are a Study Group chairperson, then consider the following second possibility:

The other way of approaching submission is to think in terms of submitting a group of related papers, to be published as a symposium. In this case the study group chairperson should submit a 2-5 page outline of the proposed symposium/theme which should include: A statement of the theme/focus/topic; A rationale as to why this topic is important at the present time; A statement as to what would be novel/original in the particular treatment proposed;A list of all the paper titles, each with a very brief abstract; The names and affiliations of the proposed authors and An estimated timetable for the writing and submission of the papers. This proposal should be sent to the Editor-in-Chief, , and to the Journal Manager,


Prof. Andrew Massey

IRAS Editor in Chief

EdoardoOngaroWelcome message from EGPA President – Prof. Edoardo ONGARO

Utrecht 2016 – A step forward

As President of the European Group for Public Administration, I am especially pleased to invite you to join us for the 2016 EGPA Annual Conference in Utrecht (The Netherlands).

It will be a great occasion to convene during 3-5 days at the University of Utrecht, in the old city. Two departments are involved in the organisation of the 2016 EGPA Conference: the Utrecht University School of Governance (USG) and the Utrecht University School of Law (LAW). These departments provide a powerful intellectual contribution to European PA and the discipline. Utrecht University is a leading institution with a growing international reputation.

Our community of academics and young researchers will find in the Utrecht Campus a fantastic place to convene and meet up, to further push our research towards new progresses and to develop new and exciting projects.

Our Symposium for PhD students will provide an opportunity for young researchers in search of a platform for discussion and a community for their growth, professionally and, first and foremost, humanly. All aspects of the research work will be thoroughly discussed during the PhD symposium: research methods, theoretical approaches, empirical evidence and cases.

Our permanent study groups will find an appropriate venue for their sessions and special panels will be organised at this occasion. With the Dutch association for Public Administration and the journal Bestuurskunde, we would like to address some issues of the current PA agenda. EGPA Policy papers will be discussed, for their preparation, discussion with policy-makers and practitioners, and publication on the EGPA website. EGPA partners will also be invited for discussing the main challenges of PA reforms in the Netherlands and in Europe.

Last but not least, this will be a great opportunity to meet a large number of members from The Netherlands. The Dutch community played a major role in strengthening and reinforcing the European Platform for Public Administration and the EGPA community is keen on being back, after a very successful conference at Erasmus University Rotterdam in 2008, to this wonderful country. EGPA has had two Dutch Presidents – my illustrious predecessors professors Ignace Snellen and Wim van de Donk, to whom I wish to express on behalf of the whole of the EGPA community our gratitude for what they have done. More than ten co-chairs of EGPA Study Groups are from The Netherlands and very many Dutch colleagues take part to the EGPA conference and make a great contribution to animating the works of many Study groups. It will be our great pleasure and honour for EGPA to be back to this great European country.

Dear Participant, I look forward to welcoming you in Utrecht and to your active participation to this 2016 EGPA conference. We will have the opportunity to visit the lively city of Utrecht built around the Dom tower. This extraordinary city also boasts beautiful canals with extraordinary wharf cellars housing cafés and terraces by the water and other monuments that each contribute to the special atmosphere in this centuries-old university town where we will convene for our annual conference.

Join us in Utrecht for a stimulating conference and to discover a modern and smart city with a long history!


Mirko Noordegraaf 002bWelcome message from prof. Mirko Noordegraaf, professor of Public management, deputy head of the Utrecht School of Governance, Utrecht University, Chair of EGPA’s 2016 Local organizing committee

Dear colleagues,

In August 2016, Utrecht University will host the EGPA 2016 conference. Two strong departments, the Utrecht School of Governance (USG) and the department of Law (LAW), of the faculty of Law, Economics and Governance (LEG), work together to establish a special and successful 2016 conference. We will host a conference with high-quality academic exchanges in and around study group sessions, thought-provoking exchanges with innovative academics and practitioners, meaningful exchanges with public sector practices, and fruitful social exchanges during receptions, lunches and dinners.

By organizing EGPA 2016 we symbolize our ambition to act as a relevant and robust academic ‘hub’ as far as public administration, public management, governance, and law are concerned. Close to the Dutch hub Schiphol airport, we would like to make connections – connections between researchers and research themes, between research and practice, between regions and countries, between generations.

Furthermore, by organizing EGPA we would like to stimulate research and advance administrative knowledge. In Utrecht we stress core themes such as accountability, professionalism, public value, leadership, innovation, public service motivation, and civil society. During EGPA 2016, we would like to offer multiple spaces for improving our understanding of these and other themes. We do this by facilitating the core of EGPA, i.e. the permanent study groups. In addition, we facilitate dynamic plenary sessions, attractive keynotes and TEDx-like talks – so-called EGPA Edge Talks –, as well as practice panels.

By organizing this major event we renew our longstanding links with the EGPA community. Many of our colleagues are active in EGPA’s permanent study groups, as regular participants as well as study group directors. By organizing EGPA we express our commitment and loyalty. We are happy to welcome you, as members of the EGPA community.

We are very pleased to host EGPA 2016, and we hope to see you in our great city, in the heart of the Netherlands!

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