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Call for Proposals

2019 Public Management Research Conference Call for Proposals

The School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is excited to open the call for proposals for the 2019 Public Management Research Conference (PMRC), sponsored by the Public Management Research Association (PMRA). The conference will be held June 11th to the 14th, 2019.

PMRA furthers research on public organizations and their management by organizing and sponsoring the annual PMRC, as well as other conferences and symposia; stimulating research through other print and electronic platforms, advancing professional and academic opportunities, and serving as a voice for the public management research community ( PMRA owns The Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (JPART), one of the field’s premier journals, and the new journal Perspectives on Public Management & Governance.

The 2019 PMRC Program Committee consists of:

Anna Amirykan (American University)
Kimberly Isett (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Wesley Kaufmann (Tilberg University)
Alex Kroll (Florida International University)
Kelly LeRoux (University of Illinois-Chicago)
Jared Llorens (Louisiana State University)
Jasmine McGinnis Johnson (George Washington University)
Ines Mergel (University of Konstanz)
Jae Moon (Yonsei University)
Sanjay Pandey (George Washington University)
Amanda Rutherford (Indiana University)
Jodi Sandfort (University of Minnesota)
Angel Saz-Carranza (Esade University) 
Sharon Kioko (University of Washington)

The 2019 PMRC Host Committee at UNC-Chapel Hill consists of:

Whitney Afonso, Assistant Professor L
eisha DeHart-Davis, Professor
Willow Jacobson, Associate Professor
Rick Morse, Associate Professor
Bill Rivenbark, Professor

Individual Paper Proposals. The program committee welcomes paper proposals of 400 words or less. Proposed papers should feature high-quality theoretical, qualitative, or quantitative research.

  • Empirical paper proposals will be evaluated based on the significance and quality of the research question, design, methods, data, and implications.
  • Theoretical paper proposals will be evaluated based on the extent to which the proposal provides insight into a compelling public management subject, identifies foundational assumptions and key concepts, and results in meaningful critiques of accepted theory, asserts guiding propositions or testable hypotheses, or develops helpful conceptual frameworks and research agendas.

Full Panel Proposals. The program committee encourages the submission of complete panels consisting of four individual papers and a chair. Panel submissions should bring together complementary papers that tackle compelling research questions or subjects of study in public management.

  • Panel proposals should include a panel title and description (400 words or less), as well as four individual paper proposals (400 words or less each). The panel submission should include information on the panel chair. Each of the papers in the panel will be evaluated separately on whether the piece meets the criteria for individual paper submissions.
  • Panel chairs are encouraged to incorporate diverse participants in panels, whether in gender, race, institution, rank or method.
  • The program committee may alter panels to remove individual papers that do not meet review criteria or to add an individual paper submission that fits well with the panel, particularly if dropouts occur. The program committee plans to do so sparingly.

Pre-Conference Workshops. The conference will feature a limited number of pre-conference sessions and workshops to be held on June 11, 2019, the first day of PMRC. These sessions are meant to be engaged learning opportunities, and we encourage workshop proposals on any topic that has significant potential for advancing public management research and impact. Sessions/workshops will typically be planned as half day or full day. Proposals for pre-conference sessions and workshops must be submitted through the online system and include the following information: 1) Title, 2) Statement of objectives and importance to the field, 3) Detail on the length and format of the session, 4) Names and affiliations of session organizers and leaders, 5) Ideal number of participants. The proposals should not exceed 1000 words in length.

Doctoral Student Poster Sessions. A doctoral student poster session will be presented at one or more of the PMRC receptions, depending on the number of accepted poster proposals. Poster proposals should be no more than 400 words and articulate the research question being asked, the theoretical significance of the research question, the research method used to address the questions, and any preliminary findings and implications.

Additional Information. All proposals will be evaluated using a double-blind peer review process with a review team of up to fifty faculty providing recommendations to the program committee. Individuals will be limited to two paper acceptances and may present only once.

Submission Instructions. The 2019 PMRC is using EasyChair, an online conference management system, for all proposals this year. To submit any type of proposal, create an account in EasyChair at Once you have an active account and logon please select “submit as author” for all types of proposal submissions, you will then be able to select the type of submission you would like to make. For detailed instructions on using EasyChair please visit the

All proposals must be submitted no later than November 2, 2018.

Notifications of proposal acceptance or rejection will be sent by January 31, 2019. If a proposal is accepted, the presenter must register for the conference in order to participate. Persons interested in serving as panel chairs should email

If you have any other questions, comments, concerns or technical support requests regarding conference submissions, please contact

Key Dates

  • Proposals Due: November 2, 2018
  • Proposal Acceptances/Rejections Announced: January 31, 2019