IASIA PhD Seminar

Description and objective of the Seminar

The IASIA PhD Seminar provides young researchers with a unique opportunity to engage with an international and interdisciplinary research community. The PhD Seminar offers the PhD Students the occasion to present and discuss their research framework, methodology and results to senior scholars and their peers and to share research problems and concerns. The Seminar provides them with a platform for discussion and with a first opportunity to confront their ideas with comments from international community of scholars and practitioners.

The chairs will present an overview of different theories and research methodologies in the field.

Features and Format

Two plenary sessions are dedicated to the presentation and use of PA theory and methodology. In addition and during two sessions, the selected candidates are able to present their research framework, research question and existing results. Presentations must be brief (10 mins) and supported by a PowerPoint. Each presentation is discussed with the chairs and the peers present at the session.

Submission of proposals

Depending on the stage of the thesis, candidates must submit the following:

  • An abstract or a research proposal (first year students)
  • Table of Content, a sample chapter as well as a bibliography (from second year and on)

Important: All candidates must submit a Curriculum Vitae.

Selection conditions and other requirements

The candidates willing to present must be already enrolled in a PhD programme and have the agreement of their supervisor to attend the PhD seminar.  

Only accepted candidates are able to present their contributions and receive recommendations from the chairs. Nonetheless, the session is open to all PhD students attending the IASIA conference during which the PhD seminar is organized.

Full participation to the PhD seminar is required for the selected candidates. Only candidates that have attended all sessions are awarded a certificate of participation to the PhD seminar.


In addition, PhD students are highly recommended to attend the ‘How to get published’ session which also takes place during the conference. The session aims at presenting and giving a piece of advice in terms of submission and publication processes.


Meredith Newman, Professor in Public Administration, is Vice Provost for Faculty and Global Affairs at Florida International University. In this role she works directly with the Provost to oversee all initiatives that support faculty, including recruitment, promotion and retention of faculty and other areas that relate to a professionalized faculty and career progression. Her successful academic career includes appointments at the University of Illinois Springfield and at Washington State University Vancouver. Prior to her career in academia, Newman served with the Australian Foreign Service, the U.S. Department of State, and the World Bank, including tours of duty in France, Viet Nam, Senegal, Malaysia, and Republic of Singapore. Dr. Newman is recognized as one of the leading experts in the field of public management and the emotive aspects of work. Dr. Newman’s books have won numerous awards. Her contributions to the profession have been recognized by a series of awards, such as the Lifetime Achievement in Public Human Resources Scholarship Award of the American Society for Public Administration. 

Wolfgang Drechsler, currently a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University’s Davis Center, is Professor of Governance at Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia, where he has received Outstanding Scientist awards for having been the best PhD advisor, university-wide, for three years in a row (2011-2013). His own earned doctorate is from the University of Marburg and a honorary doctorate from Corvinus University Budapest. His main academic interests are Non-Western PA; PA, Technology and Innovation; and Public Management Reform generally, about which he has published widely. He has been a Visiting Professor, i.e., in Singapore, Bangkok, Yogyakarta, Zhejiang, Kuala Lumpur and Beijing, as well as in Louvain-la-neuve , where he held the Chaire Andre Molitor, named after one of IASIA’s founding fathers, for two years.  In civil service, Wolfgang has worked for the U.S. Congress (as APSA Congressional Fellow), the German Science Council / German President’s Office, and the President of Estonia, and his recognitions include the German Federal Merit Cross, the Estonian Order of St. Mary’s Land, and among academic awards most recently the 2017 Senator Boorsma Award from SECoPA.


César Alfonzo

IASIA Executive Secretary