terça-feira, janeiro 22, 2013

Call for Papers on PPP

Call for papers

International conference

‘Global challenges in Public Private Partnerships :
cross-sectoral and cross-disciplinary solutions?’

6-7 November 2013, Belgium.

Globally, governments look at public private partnerships for investments, public service delivery and innovation in these times of shrinking government budgets. Partnerships between governments and private actors are even believed to be much needed instruments to face the grand societal challenges, like climate change, clean energy, smart and green transport, and secure societies. However, many existing PPP’s face hardship because of economic downturn. Moreover, because of increasingly risk-averse actors, securing commitment, finance and maximizing collaboration, innovation and value for money through PPP’s become enormous challenges. There is a pressing need for cross-disciplinary, cross-sectoral, cross-country analyses and solutions.

On 6 and 7 November 2013, the Department of Transport and Regional Economics, the Research Unit on Public Administration & Management (Department of Political Sciences), the Law Faculty of the University of Antwerp, Antwerp Management School and the EU-funded COST Action ‘P3T3 - PPP’s in transport-trends and theory’ (TU 1001) will jointly host a two-day international conference on Public-Private Partnerships under the title ‘Global challenges in PPP : cross-sectoral and cross-disciplinary solutions?’. 
It will be held at the University of Antwerp, Belgium.
This conference is co-organised by the Policy Research Centre Governmental Organization - Decisive Government, Policy Research Centre on Commodity and Passenger Flows, TransportNET, Antwerp Knowledge Centre on Transport and Maritime Law (Actramar), UNECE International PPP Centre of Excellence, the Flemish Knowledge Centre on PPP and the European Procurement and Public Private Partnership Law Review.

The conference is open to submissions of contributions by interested academics, researchers and Phd students, as well as reflexive practitioners and policy makers active in the PPP field. Abstracts of papers should be of a scientific quality and are due by 28 February 2013. 
Abstracts should deal with a topic that can be considered to be at current a key development in the PPP field, either at management, financial, operational or policy level. Specific topics can be dealing with all fields where PPP’s are or can be applied: transport infrastructure, energy, health care, education, sports facilities, urban renewal, environmental development etc.
Practitioners and policy makers are most welcome to discuss in the paper panels, to give presentations in specific designated slots and through the Research & Practice Debates. Keynotes are delivered by top academics, but also international policy makers in the field of PPP.

The conference is steered by a local academic organizing committee, and supported by an international scientific committee.
The schedule of the conference is the following:
  • Abstract: February 28, 2013
  • Decision concerning abstract: March 30, 2013
  • Full paper: August 20, 2013
Abstract submission is only possible through the conference website , following the guidelines available there. If you have not received a confirmation within two days after your submission, please retry your submission.

More practical details on the conference will be posted on the conference website and will be communicated personally after abstract acceptance.