Call for Papers: Global Challenges in Public Private Partnerships – Antwerp, Belgium 

The conference Global Challenges in Public Private Partnerships: Cross-sectoral and Cross-disciplinary Solutions? will be held November 6-7, 2013. Conference hosts include the Department of Transport and Regional Economics, the Law Faculty of the University of Antwerp, and the Antwerp Management School.

The conference seeks to address the following in a cross-disciplinary way:

Globally, governments look to public private partnerships for investments, public service delivery and innovation in these times of diminishing government budgets. Partnerships between governments and private actors are even believed to be much needed instruments to face the grand societal challenges, like climate change, clean energy, smart and green transport, and secure societies. However, many existing PPP’s face hardship because of economic downturn. Moreover, because of increasingly risk-averse actors, securing commitment and financing, and maximizing collaboration, innovation and value for money through PPPs become enormous challenges. There is a pressing need for cross-disciplinary, cross-sectoral, cross-country analyses and solutionsThe conference is open to submissions of contributions by interested academics, researchers and PhD students, as well as reflexive practitioners and policy makers active in the PPP field.

Deadline: Abstracts of papers should be of a scientific quality and are due February 28, 2013.
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