IRSPM2015 Local Organising Committee

On behalf of the IRSPM2015 Local Organizing Committee (LOC), I welcome you to our community of public management scholars at the University of Birmingham. My colleagues on the LOC are Dr. Catherine Durose, Dr. Stephen Jeffares, and Dr. Catherine Needham.

Here at the University of Birmingham we engage with public policy, governance and management at local, regional, national and trans-national levels, within the UK and internationally, and in a variety of sectors - including health, housing, education, economic regeneration, security, service delivery, and e-government.  We host a number of dedicated centres including:

  • Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV)
  • Heath Services Management Centre (HSMC)
  • International Development Department (IDD), and GSDRC which is a knowledge broker for donors and governments on humanitarian, social development and related issues
  • Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC)
  • Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS)
  • Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS)

These centres are located in the schools of Government and Society, and Social Policy, but we also work closely with colleagues in other schools across the University.

The University has a long tradition of graduate education in public management, closely linked to the active research interests of staff and its knowledge translation, consultancy and advisory services for governments, independent agencies, NGOs and third sector organisations. 

The city of Birmingham and the wider metropolitan region of the West Midlands is constantly reinventing itself.  Over the past 20 years the city has undergone a substantial transformation as traditional metal-based industries have declined and new industries arisen.  It is a major centre for digital and cultural industries, but alongside these there has been substantial investment in its legacy of car and vehicle manufacture - Jaguar-Land Rover are major employers in the metro area.

The archtecture and design of the city has been remodelled.  The car-based city plans of the 1960s have given way to more sustainable developments, giving priority to pedestrians, cyclists, and public transport.    

The city is also very green. Philanthropic donations in the 19th and early 20th centuries, combined with foresighted local governments, gives the visitor a completely different image than is often portrayed.  This is a city of parks and trees - and we hope you will take the opportunity to enjoy this environment.  The University is campus based, yet close to the city centre.  Again, the result of far-sighted planning.

We were delighted to take the baton from Ottawa, who delivered an excellent conference in 2014.  Our 2015 conference is being organised and delivered with the support of a large number of colleagues - in Birmingham as well as other universities - and we look forward to welcoming you to Birmingham.  

With best wishes,

Chris Skelcher, Conference Chair, IRSPM2015
Professor of Public Governance, INLOGOV, School of Government and Society