This call is issued in a context of worldwide uncertainty and enormous organisational and policy challenges raised by COVID19 crisis.

The purpose of this call is to edit a Special Issue about “Public service resilience post COVID19” in the leading, and highly rated, journal “Public Management Review“.

The deadline for the submission of a 1,500-word summary to the guest editor for initial screening of topics and approaches is on 27th of November 2020. Authors are informed within 2 weeks.

We call for diverse and global scholarly contributions, theoretical and empirical, on post-COVID19 public services, reflecting on, but not limited to, the following issues:

  • How are public services responding innovatively to create a ‘new normal’ in the post-COVID world by reconfiguring following the ‘system shock’ of COVID19?
  • What have we learned about the nature of resilient and innovative public services as a result of COVID19, and how might this new knowledge influence our future responses to major pandemics/public health disasters?
  • What impact has the pandemic had for the future design of public services?
  • The longer-term effects of the policy measures during the COVID19 crisis (e.g. the lockdown) on equity
  • Public service resilience though digital infrastructure and digital inclusion
  • Public servants’ and civil servants’ individual resilience
  • The contribution of newer human learning systems, complexity and systems thinking to future effective responses to major public health crises, as well as to service design and governance network/institution building
  • Resilience built, maintained, or tested through citizen-state relationships
  • The limitations and requirements of political and administrative leadership in the face of scientific evidence.
  • The moving boundaries and interfaces between public sector, private sector and third sector post-CoVID19, as a result of non-public sectors contributing to public value creation during the crisis.
  • Comparisons between the service responses to CoVid19 in democratic and autocratic nation states, richer and poorer nations

For further detail please check this link.


Editors :


Masou Roula: Associate professor at ESSCA

Murdock Alex: Emeritus professor at the London South Bank University

Dudau Adina: Senior lecturer at the University of Glasgow

Share this post:
Share with FacebookShare with LinkedInShare with TwitterSend to a friendCopy to clipboard