JUC PAC Annual Conference 2020

COVID-19 Statement

The Executive of the Public Administration Committee (PAC) and the local organising team of this year’s annual conference at De Montfort University have been closely monitoring the latest official guidance on coronavirus (Covid-19). The health and safety of conference participants is our primary concern. In light of current uncertainly over the continued spread of the virus and the restrictions on public meetings and international travel, we have therefore decided to temporarily suspend any further registrations for the Annual Conference 2020 until 01st June 2020. At present, we are not sure if the annual conference will be able to take place as planned but are carefully monitoring the situation and hope to update you at the beginning of June. We are also exploring the possibility of delivering a ‘virtual conference’ in September. We encourage you to monitor our website, social media and email communications for latest updates.

Tuesday 8th September - Wednesday 9th September 2020

How Place Matters? Leadership, Governance and Public Administration


The PAC Annual Conference will be taking place at De Montfort University Leicester on Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th September 2020.

In recent years, ‘place’ has taken on increasing salience in government and policy-making circles. Whether it be localism, new municipalism, innovation, co-production or the commons, policy and public administration is increasingly framed by appeals to place. Place-based policymaking has been advanced as a panacea for multiple demands and outcomes, from economic growth and resilience through to climate action and sustainability, community health and wellbeing, and empowerment and democratic renewal. Indeed, attachment to place and place identity have become something of an elusive but desired goal for policymakers; for ‘place’, it is argued, has the power to shape our everyday experiences of local service delivery, our interactions with public agencies, and our engagements with fellow citizens.

Yet, while it is widely acknowledged that ‘place’ matters, how it matters in the process of policymaking, and how we ‘make use’ of it, triggers much debate and contestation. Indeed, the understanding of the very concept of ‘place’ can be too easily taken for granted, skating over many underpinning assumptions, gaps in evidence, and still unanswered questions. How do we conceptualise the very notion of place itself? How do we capture the fluidity and fixity of ‘place’? What is place leadership and how do politicians, policymakers and communities move in and across so-called hybrid local landscapes? What are the conditions for the effective implementation of place-based policy integration or coordination? How do we move across the different scales or spaces of policy, from the local to the national and the global? Are we caught in a ‘local trap’? And how do we achieve inclusive and sustainable places?

This conference seeks to open up the dialogue on these questions. It aims to forge a space for a renewed exchange between public administration and disciplines and fields such as political geography, regional studies, democratic theory and urban studies.

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     The JUC PAC Conference 2020 wishes to thank #DMULocal for their support.  

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