IIAS_Lien Conference

Jun 18 - Jun 21, 2019

8 AM - 6 PM

Singapore the Nanyang Technological University

Conférence 2019 IISA-Lien

IIAS_Lien Conference


The IIAS-Lien 2019 Conference will take place at the Arc Learning Hub (Arc@NTU), in the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore from 18 to 21 June, 2019. This conference is jointly organised by the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS). This is the first time two leading international flagship events of the IIAS and the Nanyang Centre for Public Administration (NCPA) at NTU will be held together on a single platform.

The Call-for-Tracks published in November 2018 has attracted some 20 proposals on social innovation, inclusive development, capacity building, knowledge transfer, Industry 4.0, the Belt & Road Initiative, strategic management & leadership, good governance in Asia, public administration theory in comparative perspective, public–private partnership, etc. We are expecting more than 400 delegates from all over the world coming for this event. A welcome dinner will be hosted on 19th June at the Gardens by the Bay, Singapore’s iconic multi-award winning horticultural attraction which spans 101 hectares of reclaimed land in the Central Region. As 2019 also marks modern Singapore’s Bicentennial anniversary, it would be a great time to visit Singapore and to exchange our knowledge and ideas at this nexus of global encounters. We look forward to welcoming you to this conference.


Event organizers

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, and Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, and its Graduate College. NTU’s Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine was established jointly with Imperial College London. In 2018, NTU was placed 12th globally in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings. It was also ranked the world’s best young university (under 50 years old) by QS for the fifth consecutive year. In addition, NTU was named the world’s fastest rising young university by Times Higher Education in 2015.

The Nanyang Centre for Public Administration (NCPA) is a leading institution in Asia that provides policy-oriented postgraduate education and executive training programmes as well as cutting-edge research on public governance. The School of Social Sciences which includes Economics, Psychology, Public Policy and Global Affairs, Sociology, Geography and Urban Planning has directed extensive academic attention to the central themes of effective, accountable and inclusive governance. Every alternate year, with generous funding support by the Lien Foundation, NCPA organizes the Lien International Conference on Good Governance where more than 200 scholars, researchers and practitioners from all over the world gather to examine major issues in governance and public service delivery in the national and global contexts. .

The International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS) is an international non-profit organization headquartered in Brussels (Belgium). Established in 1930, its mission is to:

Organize high impact events for academe and the public service,

Produce and disseminate relevant knowledge on public governance,

Enable strategic projects with its members and partners,

Accredit training programs,

Every year in late June, the IIAS organizes its flagship Congress in a different region of the world. It gathers more than 300 scholars, students and civil servants.

The IIAS is also a Group of several public governance societies contributing to its mission through own events, publications, projects and accreditation services:

The International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA)

The European Group of Public Administration (EGPA)

The Asian Group of Public Administration (AGPA)

The Latin American Group of Public Administration (LAGPA)


Call for Papers OPEN CALL

Good governance

A first cluster of call-for-papers deals with good governance, and various aspects thereof. They all share a common objective which is to improve governance on some absolute scale.

Aggeliki Bourbouli and Vasiliki Makri, from the National Centre for Public Administration and Local Government in Greece (EKDDA), focus on how strategic management and leadership in public organizations can contribute to the realization of their mission. They call for papers i.e.: distinguishing different leadership styles, and emphasizing their impact on strategic management, and ultimately on the effectiveness of governance.

Pertti Ahonen’s (University of Helsinki, Finland) research interest lies in the governance of government ownership in joint-stock companies. The Chair observes that many principles of good governance thereof exist at various government levels, with significantly differing levels of compliance herewith. He also distinguishes several motives for governments to own joint-stock companies. He calls for papers providing fresh empirical evidence on this research topic from all regions of the world, analysed through sound theories and methodologies.


Other scholars have embraced the technological component of the call-for-proposals, namely the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) which is underway. Characterized by the unique convergence of the physical, digital and biological worlds, 4IR entails unique opportunities of economic redeployment, but can also trigger disruptions to citizens.

Jue Wang (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) and Xiao Lu (Chinese Academy of Sciences) call for papers and panel presentations on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) policies, through which governments prepare, adjust to, and support technological developments. They include, i.e.: STI economics, management practices, and societal programs.

Eugenia Lokana and Dimitris Kyparissis (National Centre for Public Administration and Local Government, Greece) question the policies governments should adopt and implement to ensure citizens are equally able to seize technological opportunities of our digital era. Topics for discussions include: institutional frameworks for new technologies, educational and vocational training systems, demographics and governance.


Six call-for-papers further develop the “inclusive” dimension of the Conference theme. They mobilize research themes such as participation, access, sustainability, human rights, among other humanistic objectives and outcomes of public action.

Marco Meneguzzo (University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy) and his colleagues launch their IIAS Study Group on Social Innovation, Commons and Administration during the IIAS-Lien 2019 Conference. With social innovation are meant government-steered initiatives involving all relevant societal actors in the management of common goods. The Chairs call for conceptual contributions, interdisciplinary perspectives on the Commons, and explicitly invite contributions from practitioners as well.

Raymond Saner (Centre for Socio-Eco-Nomic Development) and his peers observe that the worldwide population is increasingly ageing and ask what governance systems need to do to cope with this change, in terms of services and infrastructures to be provided, in order to ensure inclusion. They call for fresh empirical evidence and innovative theoretical lenses.

Area Studies and Public Governance

The fourth cluster of call-for-papers is characterized a specific geographical focus which is adopted, and a will to initiate learning processes with other countries or regions through dialogue.

Koh Keng We & Liu Hong (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) focus on Singapore’s Bicentennial in 2019. Dominant historical narratives frame Singapore as a former colonial entrepot which evolved towards a nation-state with one of the most dynamic economies in the world. The Chairs welcome contributions falsifying this narrative and questioning its policy implications in terms of heritage management and marketing. Full panel contributions are especially welcome.

Liu Hong and his peers from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore examine a particular kind of capacity-building strategy, namely: South-South knowledge transfer paralleling economic development. Paper and panel proposals are called for, examining, i.e.: the drivers of South-South knowledge transfer, cases and best practices thereof, evaluative contributions, and innovative theoretical approaches of this emerging topic.


Registration fees

The early bird rate lasts until March 31st. All prices include:

Participation in the Conference

Opening gala dinner at Gardens by the Bay on June 19!

Mayor’s reception at Raffles Marina on June 20!

Every participant may add up to two accompanying persons, at a price of 150 € each.

# Early Bird Standard
Regular 450 € 500 €
Member 400 € 450 €
Presenter 350 € 400 €
Chair 300 € 300 €


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Steering Committee IIAS




                                                 Lichia Saner-Yiu




                                    Steve Troupin

Steering Committee NTU



                        Professor Hong Liu



            Dr Wang Jue



               Dr Guanie Lim


Dr Celia Lee




In order to submit a contribution, please visit this webpage After an account is created, you will be able to submit an abstract in a given Conference track. Unless stated otherwise in the call, abstracts are limited to 500 words. In each track, at least one corresponding author is mentioned: you may contact him/her in advance if you have questions. The deadline to submit is set at 3 March. The chairs and/or the reviewers will evaluate your contribution, on basis of three criterions, leading to an overall judgment: relevance for the track, quality of the substance, and quality of the form. You will be notified when the decision is made, on March 15th latest. It can be acceptance, rejection, or conditional acceptance. Registrations will be open from late February. The full paper (if applicable) is expected by May 31st.




09:00 – 12:30

IIAS Council of Administration and General Assembly Meeting (by invitation only)

14:00 – 17:30

Pre-Conference Workshop


09:00 – 10:00

Joint Opening Ceremony

10:30 – 12:30

Keynote Address and Chaired Questions and Answers Session

13:30 – 15:00

Parallel Session 1

17:30 – 21:00

Opening Gala Dinner @ Gardens by the Bay


THURSDAY 20 JUNE 2019 – JEUDI 20 JUIN 2019

09:00 – 10:00

IIAS Plenary Braibant Lecture

10:30 – 12:30

Parallel Session 2

13:30 – 15:00

Lien Plenary Session

16:00 – 17:30

Parallel Session 3

18:30 – 21:00

Mayor’s Reception @ Raffles Marina



09:00 – 10:30

Parallel Session 4

11:00 – 13:00

Plenary Sessions

14:00 – 15:30

Parallel Session 5

16:00 – 17:30

Closing Ceremony

17:30 – 18:30

New IIAS Council of Administration Meeting (on invitation only)




Conference Venue

Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798

The main campus is a 200-ha residential, garden campus located in the south-western part of Singapore, near the Jurong West Extension area. This campus is easily accessible by two expressways, the Pan-island Expressway (PIE) and Kranji Expressway (KJE). It is also near the Boon Lay bus interchange and the Boon Lay Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station. NTU also has a campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.

For a quick lookup, browse the interactive NTU map. (http://maps.ntu.edu.sg/maps ) Make your own avatar and visit NTU Virtual Campus (you will need to use Internet Explorer and install a plug-in). (http://www3.ntu.edu.sg/home/assourin/VirCampus.html )

Read instructions on getting to NTU :

By Car (http://www.ntu.edu.sg/AboutNTU/visitingntu/Pages/bycar.aspx ),

By Bus (http://www.ntu.edu.sg/AboutNTU/visitingntu/Pages/bybus.aspx )

By MRT (train) (http://www.ntu.edu.sg/AboutNTU/visitingntu/Pages/bytrain.aspx )

LT1A-01-01, North Spine Plaza, Level 01, 76 Nanyang Drive, 637331

Food and beverage at North Spine Plaza: http://www.ntu.edu.sg/has/FnB/Pages/NorthSpine.aspx



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