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    • Academic Writing Workshop Public Management and Policy
      Academic Writing Workshop Public Management and Policy
  • Academic Writing Workshop Public Management and Policy

  • February 22 to 25th, 2023 in Bogotá D.C., Colombia Universidad de los Andes 


    Workshop host and organizers:  








    Public Management Research Association, PMRA. Alberto Lleras Camargo School of Government, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia. Public Administration Division, CIDE, Mexico 

    In association with:  









    Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University, USA, O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, USA, School of Public Administration, Florida Atlantic University, USA, School of Public Policy and Leadership, University of Nevada Las Vegas, USA  




    The Public Management Research Association (PMRA), in collaboration with Andes University (Colombia) and CIDE (Mexico) are pleased to invite you to its third Academic Writing Workshop. PMRA is one of the most active academic networks in the public administration field. PMRA is a nonprofit academic membership association that furthers research on public organizations which over the years has substantially increased in size and influence. The Public Management Research Association Conference has become the foremost gathering of leading public management scholars in the US and around the world. PMRA publishes the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (JPART), one of the premier journals in the field, and Perspectives on Public Management and Governance (PPMG), which debuted in 2017.

    The workshop is fully funded for 24 participants. See pages 14 and 15 for more information

    Publishing your research in top-quality academic journals is a requirement for a successful academic career.

    As publication pressures grow, gaining insights into the writing and review process is essential knowledge that can add value to your career. The association held previous writing workshops in Copenhagen in 2020 and Hong Kong in 2019. At this conference in Bogota, Colombia, you will deepen your understanding and practice of the craft of writing and publishing. You will engage with senior scholars and journal editors in public administration and policy and discuss aspects of the writing, review, and publication process that are not typically taught in Ph.D. programs or other academic writing workshops. You will gain these insights by improving one of your manuscripts–which you will bring to the conference– to submit it to a leading academic journal. The conference will focus on improving your manuscript by examining the “journal article lifecycle”: crafting interesting questions, framing compelling arguments, drafting manuscripts, drawing out implications, navigating the review process, and maximizing the impact of your article after publication. Each workshop faculty will serve as a mentor for a small group of participants and work with them in groups or individually throughout the conference.  


    • Gaining insights about academic writing from leading scholars and journal editors. Confirmed workshop faculty include: Mary Feeney, Jeremy Hall, James Perry, Valentina Mele, Sonia Ospina, Claudia Avellaneda, Pablo Sanabria, Guillermo Cejudo, Edgar Ramirez, Ricardo Bello-Gomez, Maria Escobar-Lemmon, Violeta Pallavicini, among others.
    • Understanding the review process and how to manage it.
    • Building your network with leading scholars and other academics in the field.
    • Developing tangible ideas for revising and improving your manuscript for submission to a leading journal.
    • Submitting your manuscript.
    • Receiving feedback and working on your paper with fellow participants and journal editors.



    • Challenges and opportunities of academic publishing as a scholar from the global South
    • Minorities and underrepresented groups in academic publishing
    • The essence of good research articles: What makes a good paper?
    • Framing of research articles: What makes a research question compelling?
    • High impact literature review: What is the central argument in your article?
    • Presentation of research findings: How do you draw out the implications of your study?
    • Understanding the review process: How do you choose a journal?
    • Managing R&R effectively: How do you manage and resubmit?
    • After publication: How do you disseminate your research article to achieve impact?


    • Learn from current and past editors, guest editors.
    • Editors from these journals have confirmed participation

           Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration Review, Review of Public Personnel Administration, Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration, Local Government Studies, Journal of Public Policy. 


    • Master class lectures on all aspects of journal writing and getting published
      • Working in small groups on your manuscripts to lift and improve their quality
      • Thorough understanding of the review process
      • Building your network of academics and editors





    Sonia M. Ospina

    NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

    Sonia M. Ospina is a Public Management and Policy Professor at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, a sociologist by training, and an expert in qualitative research. Her interests in the participatory, inclusive, and collaborative dynamics of democratic governance have produced research on social change leadership, social innovation, and public accountability, both in the United States and Latin America. She is an elected Fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Public Administration, a member of the Scientific Council of CLAD, a UN consulting body on state reform in Latin America, and a Board member of the Public Management Research Association (PMRA). She also served as President of the Inter-American Network of Public Administration Education (INPAE). In 2022 Sonia received the Public and Nonprofit Division Keith Provan Award from the Academy of Management.

    Sonia has been co-editor of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory and Public Administration Review; editorial board member for PAR, Perspectives on Public Management and Governance, The American Review of Public Administration, Administrative Theory & Praxis, Action Research Journal, Journal of Public Management and Social Policy; International Advisory Committee member for Gobernar (Interamerican, in Spanish), Revista Cuadernos de Administración (Colombia), Revista Cadernos Gestão Pública e Cidadania (Brazil), Estado, Gobierno y Gestión Pứblica (Chile); and ad hoc reviewer for Human Relations, Leadership, Administration and Society, Public Management Review, Journal of Public Affairs Education, The Leadership Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, and Organization Studies.


    Claudia N. Avellaneda

    Indiana University O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs

    Born in Durania, Norte de Santander, Colombia, and first trained as an undergraduate in Bogotá, Dr. Claudia N. Avellaneda specializes in governance and public management in developing countries, emphasizing local governments. She joined the IU O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs in 2013 after serving as an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and graduate coordinator of Latin American Studies at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Her main research interests are decentralization, public policy, innovation, governance, and public management, with a regional focus on Latin America. Specifically, Professor Avellaneda investigates determinants of government performance in Latin American municipalities by focusing on the role of the local chief executive — the mayor.

    Professor Avellaneda serves as editor of Local Government Studies. She is also the international editor for the Journal of Behavioral Public Administration and associate editor for The Journal of Policy Studies. She serves, or has served, on the editorial boards of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration Review, Public Management Review, Public Administration, Urban Affairs Review, Global Public Policy, and Governance, Fudan Public Administration Review, Public Service Review (Revista do Serviço Público), and the Brazilian Journal of Public Administration (RAP). She is an elected member of the 2017-21 Public Management Research Association Governing Board. She was selected as the 2019-20 Midwest Public Administration Caucus President.



    Nathalie Méndez

    Universidad de los Andes, Colombia - Alberto Lleras Camargo School of Government Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

    Dr. Méndez is an Assistant Professor at the School of Government at Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia. She is the Co-Principal Investigator for the World Values Survey in Colombia. Her research has appeared in Public Administration, Social Science Quarterly, Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, Journal of International Development and Peace Economics, Peace Science, and Public Policy. Professor Méndez’s research agenda focuses on public management, public leadership, collaborative governance, local development, bureaucrats’ behavior, and public opinion. She is also interested in Latin American Politics, peacebuilding and human rights, and political culture. She has expertise in using mixed methods research design and field and survey experiments. She has taught and conducted research, consultancy, and fieldwork in Colombia, Brazil, the United States, and Sri Lanka.

    Professor Méndez has served as a reviewer for the International Journal of Public Administration, Public Performance and Management Review, Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy, Latin American Research Review, Korean Journal of Policy Studies, Local Government Studies, and Political Behavior.


    Pablo Sanabria-Pulido

    School of Public Administration, Florida Atlantic University - Alberto Lleras Camargo School of Government Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

    Dr. Sanabria studies and teaches the design, formulation, and implementation of public policies and the managerial challenges that public service organizations and public officials face, aiming to disentangle how to make public organizations work, particularly at the local level. Most of his research focuses on organizational and individual behaviors. To do so, he relies on a comparative perspective and uses mixed methods, focusing on the context of public affairs in Latin America and the global South. His areas of interest are public management, policy analysis and formulation, comparative public policy and administration, organizational behavior and HR, open government, corruption and transparency, local governance, and public affairs education.

    He is associate editor of the International Journal of Public Administration (IJPA), editor for international outreach of the Review of Public Personnel Administration (ROPPA), associate editor of Gestion y Política Publica journal (Mexico), and member of the editorial boards of Public Administration Review (PAR), Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration (APJPA), Public Administration (UK), Gobernar Journal, Policy Studies Journal, and co-convenor of the Special Interest Group in Public Sector Human Resource Management of IRSPM.


    Guillermo Cejudo

    Public Administration Division CIDE Mexico 

    Guillermo M. Cejudo is a professor at the Public Administration Department of the Center for Research and Teaching on Economics, CIDE, in Mexico City. He is the author/editor of several books on Mexican state governments, accountability, public management, transparency, evaluation, and policy implementation. He has published in leading journals such as Public Administration Review, Governance, Policy Sciences, International Review of Administrative Sciences, International Public Management Journal, International Public Management Review, Reforma y Democracia, and Gestión y Política Pública. His current work focuses on policy integration, policy termination, and the use of social information systems for policy implementation.

    He has been guest editor for a special issue on policy integration to be published in Policy Sciences, member of the editorial board of Foro Internacional, Estado, Gobierno y Gestión Pública, and reviewer for Public Administration Review, Governance, Public Administration and Development, Policy Sciences, among several others. He is a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences. .


    Edgar Ramírez de la Cruz

    CIDE Mexico - Public Administration Division

    Edgar Ramirez is a Professor in the Public Administration Division at the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE) in Mexico City. He earned his Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy from the Askew School at Florida State University. His primary research interests are: urban sustainability, growth management, land use regulations, public management, and policy networks. Dr. Ramírez is also a consultant for public, non-profit and private organizations in Mexico and the United States. Edgar Ramírez has published in academic outlets such as American Journal of Political Science, Public Administration Review (PAR), Urban Affairs Review, International Review of Public Administration, International Journal of Public Administration, and Housing Policy Debate. His most recent book on private capitalization of public goods was published last year in Mexico by CIDE. He is the Editor in Chief of Gestión y Política Pública and an Associate Editor of PAR.

    Dr. Ramírez was awarded in 2019 the International Public Administration Award by the American Society for Public Administration.




    The program starts on Wednesday, February 22nd. Thus it is highly recommended to arrive in the afternoon or evening of February 21st (4 hotel nights are covered by the Workshop organization). All sessions will be conducted in English.



    Workshop participant selection will be competitive since there are only 24 fully funded (flight tickets, accommodation, meals and transportation) available slots. Academics at the early and mid-career stages are welcome to apply to the workshop. Advanced doctoral students (in the dissertation writing stage), doctoral fellows, and junior faculty of Latin American origin, or based in Latin America or the global South, are particularly encouraged to apply. The selection of applications for the workshop will be based on the completeness and quality of their application.

    Applicants must send:

    • A SHORT COVER LETTER (max. 2 pages) outlining why you want to attend the workshop and your research interests.
    • A MANUSCRIPT in English you already have prepared or an ABSTRACT of a manuscript in English that will be the first draft by mid-January 2023.


    • Application deadline: October 23rd. Acceptance November 4th.
    • To apply for the workshop click here and include the abstract of the paper you plan to share at the workshop (or a finished manuscript), cover letter, and CV
    • Paper submissions: January 15, 2023 to n.mendez52@uniandes.edu.co
    • Fully funded conference scholarship includes air travel up to $600, conference registration, hotel for 3 nights, workshop meals (breakfast/lunch), transportation and farewell dinner. Participants with air travel costs over $600, staying additional nights or other expenses are responsible for the remainder.
    • For more information or questions please send an email to n.mendez52@uniandes.edu.co