International Conference Call for Papers: Innovation in Public Services and Public Policy (PUBSIC)

15 – 17 November 2017

Lillehammer University College, Norway

Keynote speakers

Sandford Borins, University of Toronto
Stephen Osborne, University of Edinburgh

Lillehammer is easily accessible by a direct train from Oslo Airport – which has excellent air travel connections across the world.

Innovation is often articulated as a panacea for addressing social and economic problems in the modern world. However; the models of innovation for public services that are posed in this context have often drawn from private sector experience in an undifferentiated way that conflates the manufacturing of products with the delivery of services, and have not taken into account the distinctive characteristics of public rather than private services.

In recent years, however, public management theory on innovation has begun to evolve, with an important body of knowledge on public service delivery emerging – for example, there was a special issue of Public Management Review devoted to public service innovation in 2014, whilst a major research programme of the European Commission on social innovation has recently been concluded (LIPSE). Important international conferences sponsored by IRSPM were also held in Shanghai and in Budapest in 2015.

Call for papers

To continue this dialogue and to build upon this evolving body of knowledge we would invite you to participate in the Public and Social Innovation Conference (PUBSIC 2017), to be held at Lillehammer University College in Norway over 15-17 November 2017. Lillehammer University College is leading the development of public and social innovation research in Norway with the support of the Norwegian Research Council and with excellent links into Norwegian public service delivery.

The International Advisory Board invites abstract proposals across the following themes:

  • Public and social innovation and ICT/digital technology (including the use of Big Data)
  • Collaboration and open innovation in public and social innovation
  • Co-production,  the co-creation of value, and  public and social innovation
  • Co-design and the role of citizens/service users in public and social innovation
  • The third and non-profit sector and social and public innovation
  • Social enterprise, social entrepreneurship, and social and public innovation
  • Managing and evaluating  public and social innovation
  • Political dimensions of public and social innovation
  • Innovation in public policy and in public policy processes
  • The roles of public employees and/or citizens in public and social innovation
  • Public – private partnerships and public and social innovation

Abstract proposals, to a maximum of 500 words, should be submitted by 15th May 2017. For more information on the proposal submission process, see the conference webpage . Panel proposals are also welcome, within one of the suggested themes. A panel is 3 – 4 connected papers and a proposal should be of maximum 1,000 words and include an overview of the panel topic (500 words) and a summary of the papers within the panel (500 words). All abstracts and panels will be reviewed by the International Advisory Board and decisions notified to lead authors by 9th June. Papers are welcome from both experienced and new/doctoral students and of both an empirical and theoretical nature.

 All conference papers will be considered for fast track review to Public Management Review (PMR) and also possibly for a special issue of PMR, if there are sufficient papers of the requisite quality.

International Advisory Board

Rolf Rønning [Co-Chair] (Lillehammer University College), Stephen P Osborne [Co-Chair] (University of Edinburgh), Gyorgy Drótos (Corvinus University, Budapest), Ricardo Gomez (University of Brasilia), Jean Hartley (Open University), Yijia Jing (Fudan University, Shanghai), Albert Meijer (University of Utrecht),  Ines Mergel (University of Konstanz), Greta Nasi (Bocconi University, Milan) Madeline Powell (University of Sheffield), Eva Sørenson (Roskilde University), and Richard Walker (City University of Hong Kong).

For further information on PUBSIC contact Rolf Ronning –

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