TED10 conference: The Study and Practice of Public Administration in Europe

TED10 Conference

Date: 1-2 February 2018.

Venue:  University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Theme: The Study and Practice of Public Administration in Europe

The participants will further discuss how to approach PA key issues and how to develop the PA as an object of research and teaching especially: interdisciplinary of the field – how disciplines are collaborating (or not) in/within Public Administration and the linkages between the major disciplines. We will also address the important theme of the PA research funding between opportunities and challenges. The participants to TED 10 will also address the different aspects of PA Education as its internationalization and digitalization, the role of accreditation and the links between research agenda and Education in PA. We will also investigate the role of learning societies in the developments of PA study and practices and the future orientations for Public Administration.


Subtopics and sections of the conference:

- Inter-disciplinary research in Europe: perspectives & practice in Public Administration

TED 10 Conference will address the relationships of different social science disciplines to Public Administration. The participants will approach the linkages between the major disciplines that constitute the field of Public Administration. Key questions are how disciplines, such as political science, public management, law, sociology, economics, are contributing to the development of the field. The key question is what we can learn from a multi and/or trans-disciplinary perspective. How synergies between disciplines can contribute to produce relevant knowledge to understand the functioning of the field of public administration and public policies. We will also discuss the philosophical foundations of Public Administration from classical metaphysics to phenomenology, empiricism to rationalism and pragmatism to personalism and their importance for public governance as well as epistemological and ontological issues. They will also highlight the future trends of PA and PM research agenda.

- The Future of Public Administration Research and Funding

TED 10 speakers and participants will debate the important issue of financing research in Public Administration. What are the opportunities for research funding and are they linked to the needs of PA at national and European levels and/or to innovations? Experiences of funded programmes in Public Administration will be presented and discussed: the different steps to develop initiatives/programmes/projects and/or to apply for grants: national grants, European funding opportunities as well as those linked to research and PA agenda. They will also address the different ways for a better integration of evidence on the impact of research and innovation in policy-making and how PA research can be embedded in Public Administration future developments.

- Developments and Strategic Challenges in Public Administration Education

TED 10 will also contribute to the important debate on major trends and developments in Public administration education. The participants will discuss the important linkage between research and teaching, Europeanisation and internationalization as well as adaptation to national needs, role of accreditation and quality standards. They will also address the role of new technologies and the digitalization of PA education and training programme.

- Learning societies: Contributions to scholarship, knowledge and practice and future directions for Public Administration

TED 10 will provide participants with an overview of the key contributions of learning societies to scholarship, to knowledge and practice. They will further discuss the role of these societies and networks in coordinating the work of schools and institutes of PA in quest of education, training and research in public administration, in organizing conferences, dialogues and knowledge platforms for academics and practitioners at national (national council), European, and global level.  The objective is to make the bridge between Public Administration as a discipline and as a profession and to point out the key trends for the future.


Each participant is expected to develop and submit:

  • One or two brief(s) (100-300 words long) propositions related to the key conference themes, along with an explanation of how the propositions reflect their own research interests and activities. These propositions will be the basis of a brief presentation at the TED 10 event.
  • A proposal (abstract) of a (full) paper to be briefly presented during TED 10 underlining key arguments for the discussions of one TED topic.

Deadlines for final contributions (briefs/papers) : 8 January 2018.

Detailed information about the submission can be reached here.


Detailed program of the conference: http://ted-dialogues.org/ted-10-portsmouth/ted-10-programme/

Registration for the conference can be reached here.

The official website of the conference can be reached here.


The conference is organized by

the Network of Institute and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe (NISPAcee),

the European Group for Public Administration (EGPA) and

the International Institute for Administrative Sciences (IIAS)


Co-chair of the conference is Prof. Dr. György Hajnal, head of our Department.

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