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The Department of Public Administration and Management, Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Studies at Babes Bolyai University, Romania has the pleasure to invite you to take part in our 2018 annual international conference, entitled Transylvanian International Conference in Public Administration. The conference will take place from November 16th to November 17th 2018 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

The main goal of the conference is to bring together academics, researchers and practitioners in the field of public administration from all over the world and to create the framework in which they can exchange ideas, disseminate best practices and develop networking opportunities for future teaching and research projects. We encourage early stage researchers and PhD students to take part in the main conference. Also, practitioners’ input is welcomed and therefore we accept papers in the form of case studies, best practices or any other formats that suit the interest/expertise of individuals working in public administration.

The overarching topic for 2018 is sustainable development and resilience of local communities and public sector organizations. In recent years, there have been many disparate uses of the terms sustainability and resilience, with some framing sustainability and resilience as the same concept, and others claiming them to be entirely different and unrelated. Sustainability is commonly defined through the triple bottom line of environmental, social and economic system considerations. Resilience on the other hand is viewed as the ability of a system to prepare for threats, absorb impacts, recover and adapt following persistent stress or a disruptive event. An ideal community, economy or business will be both sustainable and resilient. Our approach is that sustainability and resilience can and should work together, reinforcing each other. Every local community has a different set of geographical, social, economic and demographic set of circumstances which means that a local approach is needed to support communities to thrive, be more sustainable, resilient and healthy in changing times and climates. This is not to say that certain challenges are not common, such as climate change for example, and communities can learn from each other. Public administration (defined broadly to include also all service providers, health care agencies, environmental agencies, emergency services, etc.) plays a significant role in working with communities toward defining local priorities, expectations and monitoring criteria for local quality of life and wellbeing, thus helping their communities to be a better place to work in, to live in and invest in.

In 2018 the conference will have four main thematic panels and one language panel:

– Planning and managing sustainable and resilient local communities;

– Communication tools and strategies, digitization and ICTs, e-democracy;

– National and European public law and regulations fostering sustainability and resilience

– Public administration education – how does it contribute to the transition towards a more sustainable future?

– Hungarian speaking panel


The language for papers and presentations is English (with the exception of the Hungarian speaking panel).

There is no participation fee for those presenting a paper in the main conference. Coffee breaks throughout the two conference days, lunch and dinner on November 16th are provided free of charge for all participants by the local organizers.

Important deadlines

 Submission of short abstract, up to 450 words, by November 1st, 2018. Registration needs to be done at this moment as well.

 Full paper submission by December 14th, 2018. Only authors pursuing publication of conference papers will need to submit full papers.

January 25th, 2019 – participants who submitted full papers will be announced if their paper was selected for publication. Papers will be published in an e-book which will be subsequently submitted for indexing with Clarivate Analytics (former ISI/Thomson Reuters).


Registration and submission of abstracts and full papers will be made online, using the conference website http://www.apubb.ro/intconf/. The website will be fully functional starting with September 21, 2018. If you need to contact the local organizers for visa invitations or in other matters, please send an email at neamtu@fspac.ro and a reply will be issued in no more than two working days.

International organizing committee:

Gyorgy Hajnal, professor and head of department, Corvinus University of Budapest, Department of Public Policy and Management, Director of Institute of Economic and Public Policy.

Roger Hamlin, professor, Fulbright visiting professor, Michigan State University, US.

Tudor Vlad, Director James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication University of Georgia, US.

Diana Iancu, Associate professor, Dean, Faculty of Public Administration, National School of Political and Administrative Studies (SNSPA), Bucharest, Romania

Mihaela Onofrei, Professor, Rector, Al. I. Cuza University, Iași, Romania.

Marian Preda, Professor, University of Bucharest, Romania and president of the Senate

Marius Profiroiu, Professor, Bucharest University of Economic Studies (ASE), Bucharest, and vice-rector for international affairs.


Local organizers:

– Prof. Calin Hintea, Dean, Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences, Babes Bolyai University, Romania.

– Assoc. prof. Bogdana Neamtu, Chair, Public Administration and Management Department, Babes Bolyai University, Romania.