Call for abstracts and authors’ guidelines

Call for abstracts



On behalf of the Scientific and Local Organising Committee for the 24th Annual IRSPM Conference, which is being held at Tampere University, Finland, from 22–24 April 2020, we cordially invite you to submit abstract proposals. The conference theme for 2020 is ‘Smart public services?’

We particularly welcome abstracts on this theme – but there are also a range of other panels that cover issues of importance to the public management and public administration research communities. There is also an open panel for papers that do not fit into one of the existing panels. The list and description of conference panels can be accessed below. The IRSPM 2020 conference features around 45 panels, grouped as follows.

  • Specific research areas proposed by panel chairs related to the conference theme (Conference panels)
  • Special interest groups (SIG)
  • PMRA (Public management research association panel)
  • New researcher panel
  • Open panel

All conference panels and description:


Submission of abstracts

Call for abstracts open 18 September – 08 November 2019

If you have any following queries, please do not hesitate to contact:

  • General academic matters concerning IRSPM 2020:
  • Queries concerning panels: the panel chairs, corresponding chairs’ contact emails are found on local IRSPM 2020 website within panel descriptions
  • Queries concerning conference registration, the conference venue, accommodation and travels: ·
  • Queries concerning Ex Ordo:

Kind regards,
On behalf of the Organising and Scientific Committees

Conference Chair: Jari Stenvall
Local Organising Committee: Jari Stenvall, Päivikki Kuoppakangas  & Tony Kinder

Guide for authors

Please read the panel descriptions before submitting your abstract to Ex Ordo system. Choose the panel into which your proposal best fits. Each abstract will be considered for only one panel. Please select the Open panel only if your abstract is not an obvious fit for another panel or special interest group. New researchers (doctoral students and researchers in the first three years of their academic careers) are strongly encouraged and invited to submit to any of the panels or special interest groups. However, the sessions dedicated to New researchers provide opportunities for extensive constructive commentary and discussion on their work with distinguished international faculty.

A Best new researcher paper prize is awarded every year to an early career researcher. In addition, the Best paper of the conference is awarded every year. We will also be awarding the Rosemary O’Leary prize for scholarship on women in public administration for the second time at IRSPM 2020.

The submitted abstract should be maximum 500 words (including references) and must be in English. It should briefly identify:

  • The relevance of the paper to the topic
  • The significance of the research – why it is distinctive and its contribution to the field
  • The research question(s) and method – the theoretical/conceptual foundations for the research, and
  • The results to be reported.

Please do not email abstracts directly to the panel chair/s. All abstracts are submitted via Ex Ordo. Submissions can only have one presenting author. The number of accepted abstracts per person is limited to three (one of which should be multi-authored) and one person is expected to give only one presentation at the conference. Please note you cannot be affiliated to more than three submitted abstracts.

Ex Ordo submission channel for abstracts:

Other information:

Please note that in order to have your paper confirmed in the proceedings you must register for the conference. You must be available for the whole duration of the conference. Papers will be scheduled between 1330 on Wednesday 22 April and 1800 on Friday 24 April (end at 1800). In the call for abstracts you will be asked to provide a phone number. This is so that the panel chairs can contact you during the conference in case of changes or any other issues.

Key dates


IRSPM 2020 Local Scientific Committee:

Chair: Prof Jari Stenvall, Tampere University
Prof Ricardo Gomes, São Paulo’s School of Business Administration – Fundação Getulio Vargas
Prof Arto Haveri, Tampere University
Prof Jan-Erik Johansson, Tampere University
Prof Kirsi-Mari Kallio, University of Turku
Visiting Prof Tony Kinder, Tampere University
Dr. Päivikki Kuoppakangas, Tampere University
Dr. Ilpo Laitinen, City of Helsinki
Prof Stephen Osborne, University of Edinburgh
Prof Samuli Pekkola, Tampere University
Prof Elias Pekkola, Tampere University
Prof Tiina Randma-Liiv, Tallin University
Prof Pasi-Heikki Rannisto, Tampere University
Prof Markku Sotarauta, Tampere University
Dr. Kati Suomi, University of Turku
Prof Jarmo Vakkuri, Tampere University