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01 Mar 2018

Open call for vacancies

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The International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA) has decided to launch a call for applications for several positions of Chairperson or Project Director within its Working groups. The table below summarizes the responsibilities of Chairs and Project directors.


Task Chairperson’s responsibilities Joint responsibilities Project Director’s responsibilities
Call-for-paper Review & approve Diffuse to networks Draft
Abstracts   Review  
Sessions   Define the order  
Discussions Chair Animate  
Other meetings   Organize  
Publications   Submit proposals every three years  
Pierre de Celles Award Approve & send to IASIA Executive Secretary   Propose the best paper presented at the last conference


In this regards, we invite interested candidates to apply for the following positions:

  • Two chairpersons for the Working group II “Ethics and Culture in the Public Sector” along the working group project director Prof. Dr. Paul Collins;
  • A chairperson and a project director for the Working group VIII “Public Sector Human Resources Management” along the working group co-chairs, Dr. Chafika Agueznay;
  • A project director for the Working group IX “International Dimensions of Public Administration” along the working group chair, Prof. dr. Frank Naert and Prof. dr. Ruben Dario Echeverry;
  • A chairperson and a project director for the Working group X “Public Administration in Fragile and Conflict-affected States” along with the working group chair Dr. Tamer Qarmout.

The conditions to become Co-chair or project director of an IASIA working group:

  • Academic leader/scholarship in the particular field of the Working Group;
  • Prior and continuous participation in the specific Working Group eg presenting of papers or attending previous conferences – for new applicants;
  • Demonstrate commitment to IASIA through inter alia hosting annual or regional conferences/meetings, increasing membership base of IASIA;
  • Commitment to submit publications proposals to the IASIA-IIAS publications committee;
  • Commitment to attend IASIA conferences;
  • IASIA working group co-chairs and project directors have to be part of an institution that is member of IASIA or become individual member of IASIA.


IASIA is an international organization that promotes gender equality and invites women to present their candidacy. You are invited to send a CV and a cover letter, as well as a letter of support from your institution to the IASIA Executive Secretary, Bardhyl Dobra (, by 15 March 2018 (02.00 pm Brussels time).


Please do not forget to clearly specify whether you and applying for the position of chairperson or project director as well as the working group.


Description of each of the working groups:

Working Group II: Ethics and Culture in the Public Sector

A culture of public ethics is basic to territorial integrity under current globalization. Coordination of national efforts, quality governance and consequences of its weakness remain key at all state levels. Such have been at stake in a number of regional integration attempts over the decades. Working Group II Ethics and Culture in the Public Sector provides a forum for debate on sustainable policy management regarding all of the forgoing. 


Working Group VIII: Human Resources Management

Human resources constitute the main asset of public organizations. Their crucial importance has been increasing with the development of globalization and other global phenomena, while the internal administrative environments add pressure to the process. Within the difficult current context, as management practices have not always reached the desired level of rigor, relevance, effectiveness and efficiency, new insights in Human Resources Management (HRM) theory and practice can help public organizations to accomplish their goals.


The working group invites paper proposals on human resources management from all over the world. The papers can address the following themes:

  • To what extent can human resources contribute to the adaptation of the public administration to the context of globalization while considering the economic and cultural specificities of its territories?
  • The reasons and challenges of a necessary alignment of the HRM with the strategy of the public administration;
  • What kind of human resources are needed to support these dynamics?
  • What are the alternative approaches for the development of human resources on the territories?
  • The role of training institutions in setting up training programs sensitive to migration, climate change and interculturality issues.

Working Group IX: International Dimensions of Public Administration

The globalization process has brought to light a number of issues and challenges for the entire international system and for the countries that compose it, regardless of their development level and degree of international insertion. The increasing number of international commitments in the fields of economic development, public health, defense and security, environmental preservation, poverty eradication, migratory movements, etc. are a direct expression of this reality. These commitments have given rise to the establishment of a myriad of new multilateral governance systems where shared public policies, international mediation and global conflict resolution are designed and implemented.

In this sense, it is evident that a close convergence is needed between actions of national public administrations and the global governance dimension of multilateral organizations. The objective of Working Group IX, which was established in 2015, is to explore this convergence. Thereto it promotes theoretical and empirical studies addressing internationally shared public policy formulation. Also its implementation involving international commitments aimed at global targets is envisaged. The objective is to advance academic discussion regarding a perspective that is still little explored scientifically but is crucial for global governance: the roundabouts and crossroads of the conceptual frameworks used in Public Policy, Public Administration and International Relations and their integrative theorization in the context of globalization.

Working Group X: Public Administration in Fragile and Conflict-affected States    

There is mounting evidence that state building projects have not been as effective as expected, despite the clarity of their strategies and the investment of billions of dollars over the years. Political instability remains one of the most important challenges that hinder state building missions in fragile and conflict-affected countries despite interventions aimed at building stable systems of public administration. In addition, corruption remains another major problem. Both corruption and political instabilities contribute to creating an environment of suspicion and lack of trust between local authorities and state building missions. In this environment, local priorities/policies are ignored and efforts to build transparent and efficient state institutions continue to face challenges.

The objective of Working Group X is to explore theoretical and empirical studies addressing efforts to rebuild and reconstruct public administration systems in fragile and conflict-ridden countries. We encourage both; scholars and practitioners, to share their ideas, experiences, best practices, and research contributions in this context.

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