Panels & Sessions

Study Groups and PhD Symposium

Permanent Study Group sessions

These sessions form the academic core of the EGPA Conference. Over 20 thematic groups will discuss the latest insights in their respective subfields of Public Administration

There will also sessions of the French Speaking Seminar.

PhD symposium

EGPA’s PhD symposium provides an ideal opportunity for young researchers to immerse themselves in an international and interdisciplinary research community. The symposium is designed specifically for doctoral students and junior researchers pursuing research in the broadly defined fields of public administration and public management.

EGPA Special Sessions


This session presents first findings from an internet-based survey amongst European Public Administration scholars about how our colleagues and peers see the most important challenges, but also the most needed developments in the field in the next decades. The survey is not representative, but invited participants to comment on a number of (more or less) controversial statements about the development of our field, so it allows a qualitative and discursive analysis of important positions and contradictions. The survey is the first part of an ongoing project to develop common European Perspectives for Public Administration (EPPA), a European version of Minnowbrook, which will be prepared by organizing seminars, and which will result in a major event in 2018.

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The EGPA EDGE talks have been set to let EGPA participants be inspired by the boundaries of our discipline. We have been looking for interesting experiences or insights from neighbouring disciplines and these have been put in a TEDx-like format (15 minutes of dynamic presentations). In total 9 talks will be given, amongst other Charismatic Leadership (by John Antonakis, University of Lausanne), Replication in Science (Susanne Fiedler, Max Planck Institute Bonn), Slow Science (Willem Schinkel, Erasmus University Rotterdam) and the ‘Climate case’ where Dutch government was sued for lack of policy (Marjan Minnesma, Urgenda).


The aim of the High-Profile Practitioner Panel (HPPP) is to accommodate a lively discussion between academics and practitioners on a number of contemporary public administration issues. Two specific cases will be discussed during this session. Each case comes with a position paper (in English, provided up forehand), and will be introduced by a senior practitioner. After two pre-arranged commentaries, the group is invited to join in on the discussion. Participating practitioners, for instance, are the Secretary-General of the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (BZK) and the City Manager (CEO) of the City of Utrecht. The HPPP is chaired by Paul ‘t Hart, professor of Public Administration at Utrecht University and Associate Dean of the Netherlands School for Public Administration (NSOB).

Find below two of the papers that will be discussed during the panel:

AGPA-EGPA Special Session:

The Asian Group for Public Administration (AGPA) and the European Group for Public Administration (EGPA) jointly invite you to attend the special session of the 2016 EGPA Annual conference aimed at preparing a future series of Asian-European Dialogues on Public Administration and Management.

This special session will address the theme of Administration and the Past: Traditions, Continuity and Change.

The two continents – the Eurasian continent – are characterised by an extraordinarily long administrative history: this by invitation seminar aims at exploring paths of enduring influence of the past on State and public administration traditions in Asia and Europe. We will examine the different patterns of administration in Asian and European Countries that persist despite international harmonization and globalization forces. The participants will also delve into administrative traditions and reflect on the impact of tradition on administrative reforms and the capacities of government to change public administration.
The session consists of a combination of paper presentations and discussions.

Download the draft programme