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Faculty members engage in a wide range of scholarly and applied research and community service with the goal of improving government and society in Sweden and abroad. We specialize in policy studies, management, evaluation and accounting in public organizations and actively engaging in dissiminating our research to both private and public partners.

The School of Public Administration at University of Gothenburg is a leading Swedish academic community of students, alumni, practitioners, faculty, and staff, developing and disseminating multidisciplinary knowledge about the public administration and its environment. The department is currently the only one of its kind in Swedish academia.

A precondition in enabling the SPA to pursue high-quality research that is relevant for society is that research questions are identified on the basis of problems and challenges that the public administration is encountering and will be facing. In addition to the fact that it must be possible for the research community to utilise knowledge and perspectives from the public administration, it is of importance that research-generated knowledge is made available for the benefit of and use in and by the public administration. The strategy for developing and promoting interaction with social actors and improving the prerequisites for societal influence is therefore multi-faceted and include several different channels and measures.

Strengthening of Research and Advanced Education in Public Administration in West Sweden

The School of Public Administration has a collaboration agreement with the municipalities in the Gothenburg and Västra Götaland region (The KOLV agreement – Strengthening of Research and Advanced Education in Public Administration in West Sweden) since the mid-1990s. The purpose of the agreement is to promote research and skills development for municipalities and the region. Among other things, the agreement is generating the economic prerequisites to recruit and retain researchers for long-term research concerning matters of importance for municipalities. The collaborating parties and SPA are currently designing the form of a joint municipal PhD programme that will start in autumn 2011. The PhD programme is a supplement to the KOLV agreement.

Besides the collaboration within the framework of KOLV, research results are disseminated via the SPA's series of research reports and large annual conferences targeted at practitioners in public administration that address research questions of practical interest. Read more here.

Network of Public Organisation and Governance

The national Network of Public Organisation and Governance (Noos) is a cooperative, interdisciplinary network of social science departments at Swedish universities and colleges. The target group for Noos’ activities is doctoral students and supervisors who are conducting research on public organisation, management and governance in a broad sense, regardless of the discipline to which they belong. Noos’ main function is, through cooperation, to promote exchange and development of knowledge and the construction of networks within the research field. Read more here.


Contact Information

School of Public Administration, University of Gothenburg

P.O. Box 712, S-405 30 Göteborg, Sweden

Visiting Address:
Sprängkullsgatan 19

+46 (0)31 786 0000

+46 (0)31 786 4719

Page Manager: Henrik Sandgren|Last update: 6/29/2010

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