PUPOL Newsletter – January 2021

We collected some interesting updates from our field of public and political leadership.

PUPOL news

 The PUPOL Early Carrier Network has been launched! We recommend that our young colleagues join the initiative, and we ask whoever has a supervised student to recommend this opportunity. The self-organizing ECN defines three main goals:

    1. Get inspired. Broaden academic horizons, discover career opportunities and meet remarkable scholars from across the globe
    2. Facilitate transnational academic partnership, networking, and exchange of experiences.
    3. Make an impact. Create and share excellent academic research on public and political leadership.

Along with these goals, ECN plans to organize regular research seminars on specific leadership topics, create a social media group, facilitate discussions with senior scholars and practitioners, and publish a public and political leadership blog. If you have any questions or would like to join the initiative, please contact Lara van Osch (l.m.van.osch@fgga.leidenuniv.nl) or Laura Werkmeister (laura.werkmeister@uni-hamburg.de). Or join our Facebook Group! (Of course: don’t forget either PUPOL’s Facebook page!)

Research developments

A timely blog post:

Three exiting articles from our network:

Two sourcebooks of last year that everyone must keep in mind for future researches:

The latest issue of the International Journal of Public Leadership (Vol. 16 No. 4):

  • Ratnadi, N.M.D., Martunis, A., Aryanto, D. and Widanaputra, AAGP, “The hospital management responses in implementing transformational leadership style in Dr Zainoel Abidin Regional Public Hospital.”
  • Wexler, M.N. and Oberlander, J., “Public leadership and the wicked problem continuum.”
  • Mejheirkouni, A., “Exploration of servant leadership and volunteers’ commitment in the nonprofit and voluntary sector in war zones.”
  • Mau, T.A., “Representative bureaucracy as a leadership issue: the Canadian case.”
  • Nawab, A. and Asad, M.M., “Leadership practices of school principal through a distributed leadership lens: a case study of a secondary school in urban Pakistan.”

Calls for Conference Papers

The PUPOL will organize a panel at the International Research Society for Public Management Conference. The first virtual IRSPM Conference will be held on April 20 – 23, 2021. The call for paper abstracts is open until February 12, 2021. (Details of abstract submission)

The Standing Group on Elites and Political Leadership of European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) sponsors the following two workshop at the virtual Joint Sessions organized in May:

  1. Cabinet Ministers Between Politics and Policy’ workshop organized by Despina Alexiadou (University of Strathclyde) and Ilana Shpaizman (Bar Ilan University)
  2. Elites and Their Challengers? Bridging Sociological and Political Science Approaches’ workshop organized by Håkan Johansson (Lunds Universitet) and Trygve Gulbrandsen (Institute for Social Research, Oslo)

The deadline for proposals is February 8, 2021.

The Standing Group also organizes eight panels in this section entitled ‘Alive and Kicking: Elites and Leaders in a (Post) Pandemic World?’ at ECPR General Conference, held between August 31 and September 3, 2021.

The Standing Group of Presidential Politics provides another attractive section about presidential leadership (entitled Presidential Leadership: Personality, Accountability, and Governance in Democracy and Autocracy) at the General Conference.

The deadline for paper and panel proposals for both ECPR sections is February 10, 2021.



Please send Rudolf Metz (rudolf.metz@uni-corvinus.hu) news about events, conferences, special issues, jobs, research funds, your new publications, and other relevant writings. We will share this information in our monthly newsletter and on our Facebook site.

Deadline for the next newsletter: February 20, 2021

After a successfull conference… but already looking to the future

Our 5th international conference was finished successfully online on Thursday 15 and Friday 16 October 2020. We are grateful to have Leiden Leadership Centre to host PUPOL2020 “Leadership in Progress”! Ben Kuipers and the local organizing committee team made fantastic work in these challenging and unusual times. Through many interesting lectures, workshops, and seminars, we have not only learned more about new ways of analyzing and conceptualizing public and political leadership, but we have will tighten our relations reinforcing a collaboration between academia and practice that is essential to advance public leadership. We also launched our Early Career Network (more details coming soon)!

Here you will find a brief summary in word and pictures of the two conference days!

We are preparing a series of seminars for next year encouraging students and practitioners to discuss theoretical, ethical, and methodological issues of public and political leadership. We will soon provide more details!

5th PUPOL International Conference

The 5th PUPOL International conference has been transformed into a fully online remote conference.

To enable a smooth and vibrant online meeting and help with its organisation, we kindly ask participants to:

  • check the set up of the panel session division, based on the timeslot preferences provided us with (direct link here);
  • upload the full paper or other research material
  • confirm registration and buy tickets for online participation.

The deadline is 5th October.
Full details can be found on the Conference Website > https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/governance-and-global-affairs/leiden-leadership-centre/pupol2020


The new dates for PUPOL2020 are the 15-16 October 2020.

The conference can be attended either in real life or virtually (remote conference).

Check all new details here: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/governance-and-global-affairs/leiden-leadership-centre/pupol2020


The 5th PUPOL International Conference has been postponed due to the Covid-19 spread. More details can be found here.


We are proud to announce that the fifth PUPOL International Conference will take place on 16-17 April 2020 in The Hague, The Netherlands. 

The conference theme will be “Leadership in Progress: New Avenues in Studying and Developing Public and Political Leadership”.

The Call for Papers is now open! (deadline for submission: 1st November 2019)

You can find all details about it and the conference (programme, fee,…) here: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/events/2020/04/conference-pupol-public-and-political-leadership

We look forward to welcoming all of you in The Hague!

edx MOOC Ethical leadership in a changing world

We are proud and excited to announcing that our EdX MOOC on ethical leadership will start on 3 July 2019. We hope you will join us and we look forward to continuing our discussions about ethical leadership in our societies!

Leaders today face pressing demands to address a multitude of global problems and achieve greater sustainability for people, the planet and future generations. This requires a more collaborative, ethical leadership approach. But what does ethical leadership really mean? Learn how to become an ethical business leader in New Zealand’s first-ever ethical leadership MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), offered by Victoria University of Wellington.

Ethical Leadership in a Changing World is a free six-week course on the prestigious edX MOOC platform that will introduce you to the theories and practices of ethical leadership, with a focus on organisations. Through the voices of recognised leaders from New Zealand’s private, public and NGO sectors, you will also hear about the main issues ethical leadership should address.

Individuals, organisations and society all benefit from ethical leadership. Find out how and why this value-based leadership matters to us all.



Announcing the 5th International PUPOL Conference in the hague (NL)

We are looking back on a successful and enjoyable global conference in Wellington, New Zealand, where we welcomed our new members from the Asia Pacific region and beyond!

We are also thrilled to announce that the 5th PUPOL International Conference will take place on 16 and 17 April 2020 in The Hague, the Netherlands, and will be hosted by the Leiden Leadership Centre. The theme of PUPOL2020 is “Leadership in progress. New avenues in studying and developing public and political leadership.” More news will follow soon!

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