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The Department of Public Administration and Sociology was established at Erasmus University Rotterdam in 1984 and is part of the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (ESSB). With three bachelor programmes, multiple master programmes and an active research portfolio, the department is one of the largest and one of the leading Public Administration departments in Europe. It offers a series of English language education programmes, including one bachelor and two master programmes. Research is organised in a number of research clusters. Public Administration scored number one in 2017’s Subject Rankings of The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), also known as Shanghai Ranking, meaning that Public Administration at the Erasmus University Rotterdam was assessed as the best PA department in the annual Shanghai Subject Rankings.
The International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM) has become one of the leading international academic associations for advancing research on public management. IRSPM produces Public Management Review, a highly respected peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing the best in new developments in public management and public policy implementation. The IRSPM annual conference, which is attended by around 500 people, is an important platform to exchange research findings and discuss new topics of emerging significance in public management. The conference is also a platform where experienced researchers meet young researchers, and where practitioners can engage with academics. The conference is also an important vehicle for stimulating regional initiatives and encouraging special interest groups related to public management. In 2018 the XXII IRSPM Annual Conference will be held at the University of Edinburgh with the following theme: creating and co-creating value in public service delivery. Together with dr. Peter Kruyen and Prof. Alfred Ho I am organizing a panel on big data research in public administration.