Mr. Alok Kumar Gaurav is appointed as assistant professor in the newly established department of public administration at the Central University of Karnataka, India. Previously, he was working as Rajiv Gandhi National Senior Research Fellow in the department of public administration, University of Lucknow. He is also pursuing his doctoral degree, which revolves around the fundamental concepts of organisation development, information and communication technologies and the human resource in it. He also holds M.Phil. degree in public administration. He completed his Master’s in Public Administration in the year 2015 with specialization in human resource management and public policy. Apart from his research, he has been teaching in the department of public administration, University of Lucknow since 2015. He has presented research papers in various international and nation seminars/workshop in the spectrum of public administration, specifically on e-governance, accountability and corruption, leadership, higher education, organisation behaviour and development. He holds professional membership in various national and international organisations of his subject. Major research interests include: police administration, organisation development and change, organisational behaviour, measuring governance, e-governance.

Mr. Alok Mishra is the Deputy Director-General, Development Monitoring and Evaluation Office, NITI Aayog, India where he oversees evaluation studies, external engagement, and capacity building initiatives. Prior to this, he served as the senior deputy director at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, as director (IITs and IIITs) and director (international cooperation) at the Ministry of Education, and in the media units of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Mr. Alok holds a master’s in public policy and management from IIM-Bangalore and Syracuse University, USA.

Dr. Amani Moazzam has been working as an Assistant Professor at IAS. She teaches mostly research methods and management related courses at BS, MPhil and PhD level.She has a PhD in Management from the Institute ofAdministrative Sciences and her research interests are Gender in Management, Organizational Behavior and other diversity issues.She has strong background in Quantitative DataAnalysis using softwares such as SPSS and AMOS. She has an increasing number of publications to her name both nationally and internationally. She is currently the Editor in Chief of Governance and Management Review Journal. She has presented her work in international conferences hosted at Malaysia and Australia as well as the reputed BritishAcademy of Management and University of Northampton,UK.She was on the organizing team of IAS 1st National Conference in the capacity of the Conference Coordinator.

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Dr. Amir Mohammad Nasrullah, a Professor of Public Administration, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh received his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Management Studies from Brunel Business School, Brunel University London, The UK. Earlier he received his Master of Social Science (MSS) degree with Honors in Public Administration from the University of Chittagong, Bangladesh.


Professor Nasrullah regularly teaches various courses on the broader field of governance, public administration and management that include major issues and theories of Public Administration, Rural Development, Local Government, Public Policy, Environmental Management, Entrepreneurship Development, Management of Public and Non Profit Enterprises, Project Management, Total Quality Management, Organizational Behavior, and Human Resource Management etc.


Professor Amir Nasrullah has published four books, including Micro Enterprise Policy Development: A Developing Country Perspective (2015) published from New Delhi, India. He presented a number of research papers in different national and international conferences. Consequently, he has contributed as many as 40 scholarly research articles and book chapters published from different publishers, such as Routledge, McMillan, Serials, and UPL etc.


Dr. Amir Mohammad Nasrullah is associted with many national and international organizations such as the British Academy of Management (BAM), London; International Council for Small Business (ICSB), George Washington University, USA; Bangladesh British Alumni Network (BBAN); South Asian Network for Governance Studies (SANGS); The Asiatic Society of Bangladesh; Salam Islam Foundation (SIF) etc.


He is also an adviser, trustee and syndicate member of Bandarban University; member of the Board of Advanced Studies, Chittagong University; member of the Academic Council of Southern University, Bandarban University and Britania Universirty etc. Professor Amir is involved with M.Phil. and Ph.D. research degree supervision. Moreover, he is an external examiner of many universities at the Ph.D. level both at home and abroad, and reviewer of different academic journals.

Dr. Anil Kumar Kukkamalla is an assistant professor at K L Deemed to be University, India.

Mr. Badri Narayan Kar, who holds a post graduate degree in Geography from the University of Calcutta, is a professional civil servant with experience spanning over three decades. Besides, he obtained post graduate diploma in disaster management and Geographical Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing in order to enhance his academic knowledge for the discharge of his administrative responsibilities deftly and dexterously. He joined the West Bengal Civil Service (Executive) in 1994. Currently a Joint Secretary to the Government of West Bengal, B.N Kar served in different districts in West Bengal in different administrative capacities for more than a decade. He has been having a fairly long stint in the Municipal Affairs & Urban Development Department, Government of West Bengal. He started his journey in this Department as the Deputy Director, Local Bodies, and is presently holding the post of the Additional Director, Institute of Local Government and Urban Studies which was set in late 1970s. It is the only state level training and research Institute for urban governance and development in West Bengal. Broadly speaking this Institute is tasked with imparting training to the elected representatives of the urban local bodies and officers and employees attached to them and carrying out research studies coupled with undertaking publications on issues pertaining to urban governance and development. Additionally he is the Chief Executive Officer of a new Industrial Township Authority set up by the Government of West Bengal in the neighborhood of Kolkata and has been working for quite some time as the Executive Officer, Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority which is responsible for the creation and management of infrastructures for a growing industrial area in the vicinity of Kolkata In the list of his current administrative responsibilities also include Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) in West Bengal established at the instance of the national government to play an instrumental role in urban transformation. He is the State Mission Director of this Programme. The key areas of his academic interest are as follows: urban governance and development, use of GIS for administrative improvement, disaster management.

Dr. Durga Prasad Chettri is an associate professor at the University of Sikkim, India.

Academic record & distinction

M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. (Political Science) University of North Bengal
PhD Topic: Democratic Decentralisation, Good Governance and Rural Development

Areas of Specialization

Governance, New Localism, Gender Studies & Social Exclusion/Inclusion

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Mr. Md. Foyjul Islam is serving as a Lecturer, Department of Public Administration, Comilla University, Bangladesh. He obtained the Bachelor of Social Science (Hon's) degree and Master of Social Science degree in Public Administration from Comilla University, Bangladesh in 2016 and 2017 respectively. He is a contributor of a number of research articles in reputed national and international journal. His current interest includes Governance, Leadership, Local Government, Gender and Development.

Dr. Inderjeet Singh Sodhi is presently Professor (Public Administration) and Head, Department of Local Governance at Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD), Tamil Nadu, India. He is Ph.D., M.A. (Public Administration), and M.A. (Political Science) from the University of Rajasthan, Jaipur. He worked as Associate Professor (Public Administration), University of Dodoma, Tanzania (Africa) and as Head, Department of Public Administration, St. Wilfred's Post Graduate College, Jaipur (Affiliated to University of Rajasthan, Jaipur) and faculty member in the Department of Public Administration, S.S. Jain Sobodh P.G. (Autonomous) College, Jaipur (Affiliated to University of Rajasthan, Jaipur). He has about 16 years teaching experience. Conducted Research Studies on behalf of HCM Rajasthan State Institute of Public Administration, Jaipur sponsored by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions. He has written extensively-published books from International and National publishers. More than thirty articles / papers published in International / National Journals and Books. He participated in various International / National conferences. He attended various training programmes. He has specialization in Governance, E-Governance, Public Policy, Local Governance, Panchayati Raj, Urban Development, Reform, etc. He is life member of Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), Indian Political Science Association (IPSA), New Public Administration Society of India (NEPASI), Indian Public Administration Association (IPAA) and Administrative Change.

Ms. Jannatul Ferdous is serving as an Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration, Comilla University, Bangladesh. She received the B. S. S. (Hon's) degree and M. S. S. degree in Public Administration from University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2008 and 2009 respectively. She completed her M. Phil in Public Administration, University of Dhaka. At present, she is doing PhD. at Department of Development Studies, University of Dhaka. She is a contributor of a number of research articles in various reputed national and international journals and five books. Currently, she is serving as a Chair of the technical committee of ‘Combating Gender Based Violence’ project of UN Women. Her current interest of research includes governance, e-governance, trust, civil service system, gender, public policy, climate change, gender and development.

Ms. Krishna Roy holds the position of Assistant Professor in Political Science at Xavier Law School, St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata. Before joining Xavier Law School, I served some reputed institutions and colleges like Kolkata Police Law Institute, Basanti Devi College, Swami Niswambalananda College, Netaji Subhas Open University and Administrative Training Institute. A good number of my years were spent in teaching in some reputed schools in West Bengal. Having a great interest in research and publications, I am working towards the goal of becoming a prolific writer and researcher in the field of Political Science.

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Ms. Mashraky Mustary is a Lecturer at Begum Rokeya University, Bangladesh. She is a PhD Candidate at Sophia University. Her research interest is in governance, policy, administration, pedagogy. She has 14 research papers to her credit and has presented in Australia, America, Thailand, Indonesia, Nepal, Cambodia, Bulgaria, Japan. She also serves as an educational analyst in many educational institutions in Bangladesh.

Dr. Md. Morshed Alom is a trainer and researcher at the Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre (BPATC). He has been working at BPATC since 2001. He trains in the field of research methodology, public policy, transparency and accountability. His research interest includes transparency and accountability in the public sector, organization and management, and public policy. He is the current editor of the Bangladesh Journal of Public Administration. He has worked with BRAC University’s Institute of Governance Studies as a research associate during 2007-2009 on lien from BPATC. He acted as a focal point for designing and conducting training programmes at BPATC on the right to information act jointly organized with the Manusher Jonno Foundation under a memorandum of understanding signed between the two parties. He studied BSS and MSS in International Relations at Dhaka University, MA in Southeast Asian Studies at Chulalongkorn University, and Ph.D. in Development Administration at the National Institute of Development Administration in Bangkok. He has a number of publications in national and international journals.

Mr. Nasir Uddin, obtained his BSS and MSS degree from the University of Dhaka, is currently serving as Assistant Professor of Public Administration at the University of Chittagong (CU) in Bangladesh. His research interests include public governance, electronic government, sustainable development, local governance and access to justice. He has published a good number of peer-reviewed publications that are mostly appeared in international outlets such as Elsevier, Sage,, Brill, and Emerald. Mr. Uddin has also initiated and conducted numerous CU funded research projects regarding social protection programs, access to local justice and e-Governance. He also worked for USAID/Bangladesh several times as an evaluation specialist for the performance evaluations of USAID and UKAID - funded projects. Prior to joining CU in 2013, Mr. Uddin was served Human Development Research Centre as a Research Associate for around two years where he worked for Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, United Nations Development Programme and United Nations Population Fund, Bangladesh.

Dr. Prabir Kumar De is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Kalyani, Kolkata, West Bengal, India. He received his MA in Political Science from the Univerity of Calcutta and MPhil and PhD from Jadavpur University. He was awarded Post-Graduate Diploma in Human Rights from the Indian Institute of Human Rights, New Delhi.

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Mr. Md. Nazmul Haq joined as a lecturer in the Department of Public Administration, Comilla University in July 2017. He joined as a faculty in this Department while he was studying MPA at SPA in Zhejiang University, PRC under Asian Future Leaders Scholarship Program. He was a student of inaugural batch of the Department of Public Administration and Comilla University as well. He holds an MSS and a BSS in Public Administration from Comilla University with distinguished results. He secured CGPA-3.69 and 3.88 on a scale of 4 in master and bachelor degree respectively. He placed at the first position in both these academic spheres and achieved “Prime Minister Gold Medal 2012” as faculty first from faculty of Social Science of Comilla University. His special areas of academic interest focus on local governance, public policy, public sector governance and development, development administration and administrative management.

Dr. Nurul Huda Sakib received his Ph.D. from the Department of Government and International Relations, the University of Sydney, Australia in 2018 which critically examined donor driven isomorphic anti-corruption policy in Bangladesh. His research interest includes corruption and anti-corruption, bottom-up approach, political communication and new technology, local government, refugee governance and water governance. Dr. Sakib teaches Public Policy Analysis, State Society and Politics, Global Politics, Fundamentals of International Politics, Power, Politics and Governance and Political Theories for Developing Countries over thirteen years at the Department of Government and Politics, Jahangirnagar University. Dr Sakib also taught Public Sector Ethics and Corruption at the Department of Government and International Relations, the University of Sydney a lecturer and guest faculty from the period of 2016 to 2017. Dr Sakib published over 20 articles that appeared in journals like the Asian Journal of Political Science (Routledge), Chinese Political Science Review (Springer). He is also one of the contributing authors of the Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance, edited by Professor Ali Farazmand. Dr Sakib has presented numerous research papers at Sydney, Melbourne, Monash, Griffith (Australia), Fudan (China), The Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) and Bangladesh. He regularly contributes writing blogs at Asia Global Institute, The University of Hong Kong, The Loop in European Consortium for Political Science and South Asia Centre, LSE. Dr Sakib has been awarded the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) on Transparency and Accountability in Government Exchange Program by US Government in 2021.

Graduating from St Xavier’s College, Kolkata, Dr. Panchali Sen went on to complete her M.A. in Political Science from Calcutta University, securing a First Class. Subsequently she worked on her Ph.D. thesis‐ `The Role of the Nonaligned Movement in the post‐ Cold War years (1990‐2000)’ and has been awarded the degree by Jadavpur University in 2007.   She joined the faculty at St.Xavier’s College in 1993.A former Head of Political Science Dept. from July 2009 – June 2013, she is currently Dean, International Studies and Programmes of the College. She is also the Coordinator for the Human Rights’ and Duties Education Course, supported by the UGC. Currently she is also functioning as the Academic Collaborator in the MHRD, GOI Project on Public Administration with the Educational Multimedia Research Centre (EMMRC). She has participated in various seminars and has a number of publications to her credit. Her areas of interest and teaching include International Relations, Comparative Politics, Political Sociology and Public Administration.

Md. Rakibul Islam is currently working as an Assistant Professor in Department of Local Government and Urban Development at Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University, Trishal, Mymensingh, Bangladesh. He completed his graduation and post-graduation from Department of Public Administration, University of Dhaka. His area of research interest is governance, public service delivery, decision making and urban development etc. He has a number of publications from reputed journals. He is a young enthusiastic researcher who wants to contribute in the discipline.

Dr. Mohammad Rezaul Karim is a faculty member of Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre (BPATC), the apex-training institute for the civil servants in Bangladesh. Dr. Reza has been working at BPATC for developing human resources for about 21 years. He studied Public Administration at the University of Dhaka followed by Masters in Human Resource Management at the University of Leeds, England in 2007 and Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy and Management at the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA), Bangkok, Thailand in 2015. As a part of his professional responsibility, he disseminates knowledge and experience in training sessions on various issues pertaining to public administration in different courses conducted by BPATC and other training institutes in Bangladesh. Dr. Reza serves as part-time teacher at the Department of Development Studies, University of Dhaka and BIGD, BRAC University; Bangladesh Institute of Governance and Management (BIGM). He has work experience with UNCHTDF-UNDP, Bangladesh; Naresuan University, Thailand; UK-DFID; JICA Bangladesh for capacity building of public sector employees of Bangladesh, Nepal, Thailand, Afghanistan and Bhutan. He is an experienced researcher in the field of public administration. His recent research issues include career and life, administrative reform politics, gender equality at work, policy analysis and evaluation, changing working culture, work-life balance, gender pay gap, capacity building, social development, education philosophy. He has about 100 (hundred) publications appeared as articles in different national and international peer-reviewed journals, conferences, and books, ebooks, book chapters and commentaries. His contributions on policy analysis, policy implications, public policy implementation, social development, human security regularly appear online at Nepal Institute for International Cooperation and Engagement (NIICE)-Nepal’s Independent Think tank, South Asia Monitor (powered by Society for Policy Studies), The Khabarhub (Nepalese News Portal), the Financial Express (Bangladesh English daily), the Urbanet (webportal for urban development). His recent articles include ‘Distributional effects of public healthcare and education expenditure: A case of Thailand’, Journal of Community Positive Practices21(2): 15-30, 2021; ‘Interplay of overseas employment of Bangladesh and sustainable development goals. Bangladesh’, Journal of Public Administration29(2): 260-274, 2021; ‘COVID-19′s impacts on migrant workers from Bangladesh: In search of policy intervention’, World Development136, p.105123, 2000; a chapter titled ‘Implications of Biometric Database Information Systems on Public Service Delivery: Bangladesh Perspective’ of an edited book ‘Knowledge Management: Governance and Sustainable Development’ published by Taylor & Francis, London in 2020. Dr. Reza was the editor of Bangladesh Journal of Public Administration. As a part of academic purpose, he visited India, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Turkey, UK and USA.

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Mr. Rifat Mahmud completed his graduation and post-graduation in Public Administration from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He completed two years Master’s Program in Public Administration (MPA) under supervision of Professor Ishtiaq Jamil from Department of Administration and Organization Theory at University of Bergen, Norway. He is currently working as Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Administration at University of Barishal, Bangladesh. His research area of interest involves: local government; institutional trust; administrative reform and, bureaucracy. He has published a number of articles in international peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Rizwan Khair is an associate professor at the South Asian Institute of Policy and Governance (SIPG), North-South University, Bangladesh. Prior to embarking on academic role, he was a career civil servant and rose to the position of Joint Secretary, Government of Bangladesh. He was a Member Directing Staff (MDS) at the Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre (BPATC). He was also the Executive Director of the Brac University’s Brac Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD). He received his Ph.D. form the University of New England, Australia and MA from Institute of Social Studies, The Netherlands. He published several books and many journal articles covering issues on governance, civil service, training and human resource development.

Mr. Mohammad Samiul Islam is a faculty member in the department of Public Administration. He completed his graduation and post-graduation degrees from the department of Political Studies and Public Administration and the department of Public Administration at SUST, Sylhet in 2003 and 2004 respectively. He obtained CGPA of 3.54 and 3.66 out of 4.00 both in BSS (honors) and MSS with first position respectively. He received the Vice-Chancellor's Book Prize for his outstanding academic performance in 2007. In 2014, he was awarded a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) in the department of Public Administration from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He attended the 12th Foundation Training for University Teachers (FTUT) in 2014, organized by the University Grant Commission (UGC) and the Graduate Training Institute (GTI), Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU), Mymensingh, Bangladesh. He published some journal articles and book chapters in reputed journals at home and abroad. His research interests are governance, e-governance, m-governance, public service delivery, digitalization, local governance, gender and development issues.

Dr. M Sanwar Jahan Bhuiyan is a career civil servant and is currently a joint secretary to the government of Bangladesh. He is a nationally reputed trainer in the fields of public administration and governance, human resource development and policy analysis. He received his Ph.D. from the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA), Thailand. He is a frequent speaker at different training institutions in Bangladesh. Earlier, he served as a Member Directing Staff (MDS) of the Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre (BPATC).

Dr. Shahjahan Bhuiyan is a tenured associate professor in the Department of Public Policy and Administration (PPAD). He is also the associate dean for administration, undergraduate studies, and public outreach in the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP). Bhuiyan is former chair of PPAD. His teaching and research are in the areas of public management, governance, public policy, non-profit management, human resources management, service delivery and sustainable development. Prior to joining AUC, he served as dean of the College of Social Sciences at KIMEP University, Almaty, Kazakhstan. He also chaired KIMEP University’s Public Administration Department for two consecutive terms. He was a visiting research fellow in the Oxford Institute of Population Aging (OIA) at Oxford University (2010) and the Inaugural Democratic Governance Fellow in UNDP’s Oslo Governance Center (2013). 

Bhuiyan holds a PhD (2004) in development studies (specialization: development policy and planning) from the University of Bonn, an MPhil (2001) in public administration from the University of Bergen, and an MPA and a BSSPA both from the University of Chittagong.

Dr. Sidra Irfan is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Administrative Sciences (IAS), University of the Punjab, Pakistan. She completed PhD in Management from The University of Edinburgh in 2015. Prior to that, she has done MPA from Institute of Administrative Sciences, University of the Punjab and has been associated with Punjab University as a faculty member since 2005. Currently, she is teaching PhD, MPhil and undergraduate courses in Management, Public Administration, Governance and Research Methods and Design. She is MPA program coordinator which is a flagship degree program of IAS and is a member of several administrative committees. She is an expert in the fields of public management and qualitative research and has conducted a number of seminars, workshops, panel discussions and trainings in these areas.


Sidra is also a visiting faculty member at Civil Services Academy (CSA) and contributes to the Common Training Program (CTP) for civil service probationers. She is also on the panel of external examiners for thesis evaluation in the institutions of good repute. She is member of the reviewer boards of several HEC recognized local and international journals and conferences and sits on the selection boards of several academic and professional bodies. She is an active academic and has presented her work at various prestigious national and international conferences in the field of management. She has also published her work in various local and international impact factor journals. Her areas of interest are inter-organizational collaboration, partnerships, public sector reforms and governance.

Dr. Tanwir Arshed is an assistant professor of political science at the Presidency University, Kolkata, India. His doctoral research thesis on Indian foreign policy specifically examines the role which the United States played in the strained relations between India and Pakistan. Apart from this as a researcher, he has earned ground level research experience of how rural women can be empowered through an organization like NGO’s and Self Help Groups (SHGs) in selected districts of West Bengal while working as a fellow in a major research project funded by UGC. Presently, he is focused to continue my research on various dimensions of Indian Foreign Policy such as its changing dynamics with its neighbors and India’s new policy outlook reflected in development through diplomacy with ‘superpowers’ specifically the United States, Russia, and China.

He is further interested to look into the manner in which sub-regional integration is evolving and bigger (trans)regional forums like BIMSTEC, IORA, Mekong Ganga, SOC cooperation have emerged within the rubric of India’s Act East Policy for building a single economic cooperation platform and how these developments can change the status quo of the South Asian region in the near future.

Apart from this, he intends to carry out my future research and publication works on the growing trend of regionalism and fringe movements those are taking place in the contemporary Indian milieu. In a broader context, he proposes to place this study within the discussions on public policy, community formation, identity politics, and democracy.
Along with these, he is also interested in studying the socio-economic conditions of the children and women communities in the hilly, tribal, and tea garden belts of North Bengal region. In fine, he proposes to undergo an inclusive and wide-ranging study of how these marginalized communities are being affected from time to time through the public policies and flag-ship programmes initiated by the central and state governments. The larger question around which I seek to place my inquiry through an unbiased participative and ethnographic studies is to study how beneficial or detrimental the impact of organizations like SHGs, Local Self Government, Autonomous Councils, and Community Development Boards have been on empowering these rural marginalized sections of the society.

Professor Dr. Yaamina Salman is the Professor and Director of the Institute of Administrative Sciences at the University of Punjab, Pakistan. She has a PhD in Management from University of Edinburgh Business School. Her PhD research was carried out under the supervision of renowned public management academics, Prof. Stephen Osborne and Dr. Tony Kinder on public management reforms in developing countries with an emphasis on health sector reforms in Punjab. Prior to that, she has done her MPA from IAS and has been associated with IAS as a faculty member since 2000. She teaches courses on Governance, Public Management, International Development, Organisational Design, Organisational Behaviour and Qualitative Research Design, Methods & Analysis. Currently, she is also contributing to the Common Training Program (CTP) for civil service probationers at Civil Services Academy. She has presented her research at IRSPM’s (International Research Society for Public Management) Annual Conferences. Her research interests include design and delivery of public sector reform, political economy of reform, international development, citizen engagement and coproduction. She has worked as Conference Coordinators for IAS International and National Conferences. She is also Regional Editor (Developing Countries) for Public Management Review.

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