Conférence annuelle

The conference brings together Canadian and international scholars from various disciplines sharing an interest in public management, public administration and/or public policy analysis issues.

9th Annual CAPPA Conference June 2-4, 2021

Facing the Challenges to Public Administration Research and Teaching

The annual CAPPA Conference brings together scholars and students of public administration, public policy, and public management to consider new developments affecting teaching, research, and practice. This last year has highlighted limitations within the field of public administration while also providing opportunities to do work in ways that were unforeseen the year before. The 2021 conference highlights key issues facing the study, teaching, and practice of public administration, with a mix of individual researcher presentations and plenary sessions.

See the call for proposals for the conference here:

See the Conference Presenters’ Abstracts here:

Important Dates

  • April 6th : Proposals Due
  • April 29th : Advised about Acceptance of Proposals
  • April 29th : Conference Registration opens
  • May 28th : Presenters Registration closes

Register for the Conference here:

About the Annual Conferences

The annual CAPPA Conference brings together scholars and students sharing an interest in public administration, public policy, and public management to consider new developments affecting teaching, research, and practice. Presenters share work in varying stages with audiences who engage in lively conversation and provide constructive feedback. Plenary sessions highlight key issues of interest to the public administration and policy community.  CAPPA hosts its Annual General Meetings during the conference. The Spring conference is hosted by CAPPA member institutions, and the location varies from year to year.  Look for Calls for Papers, Panels, and for participation in the Research Exchange in December/January!

Panel proposals

Panel proposals consist of three or four individual papers that focus on theoretical or methodological issues and can be submitted by one individual on behalf of the full panel. Submissions should include a short description comprising: 1) the overall theme of the panel (150 words); 2) an abstract for each paper in the panel (250 words maximum); and, 3) the names/ institutional affiliation/ position/ brief bio of the panel members (100 words).

Individual paper proposals

Individual paper proposals are evaluated based on the significance and quality of the research question, design, methods, data (where appropriate), and implications. They should include: 1) an abstract (maximum 250 words); and, 2) the names/institutional affiliation/position/brief bio of the researcher (maximum 100 words).

Details about submission deadlines, criteria and whom to submit to are usually provided in November, with deadlines in January. This information will be posted on the CAPPA site as soon as it becomes available.

Rapport annuel de la présidente

The annual general meeting is held on the second day of the conference. Agendas and minutes will be disseminated prior to the meeting, and minutes published on this site once approved by the Executive and Board.

Past Conferences

2020 Conference - Divides and Paradoxes in Public Administration: Challenges or Opportunities?

This year’s CAPPA conference will be held as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, May 31 to June 2, 2020. While opened to all areas of research, we encourage the submission of papers and panels related to Congress’ overall theme, which addresses the broad concept of bridging divides (

Information about the CAPPA 2020 Conference, being held at the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities in London can be found on the conference webpage:

2019 Conference - Public Administration for the 21st Century: Continuity and Change

The Canadian Association for Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA) is pleased to announce its eighth annual Research Conference in Public Administration, Policy, and Management. It will be held in Montreal, at Concordia University, from May 23-24, 2019.

The context in which public administration takes place is changing rapidly. Austerity politics; seemingly perpetual global economic and political crises; the delegitimization of science and expertise; and the politics of recognition and representation, including their populist variants, all have, in one way or another, recentred debates about the role of bureaucracies and bureaucrats in governing and governance. The conference theme aims to bring together researchers and practitioners seeking to understand the implications of these changes for contemporary public administration.

Full information is available on the conference website here

2018 Conference - Gathering diversities | mâmawinitotân nanâtohk-ayisiyiniwa

CAPPA's seventh annual Research Conference in Public Administration, Policy, and Management was held May 31 - June 1, 2018 at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan. Building on the theme of Congress 2018, “Gathering diversities | mâmawinitotân nanâtohk-ayisiyiniwa," the conference featured diverse gatherings in Canadian, Indigenous, Provincial and Territorial contexts that have engendered new innovations that enable communities to thrive, particularly in adverse times.

2018 President's Annual Report to the AGM