6th International Workshop on Efficiency in Education, Health and other Public Services

Huddersfield Business School, Huddersfield, England

September 6th and 7th, 2018

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Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to confirm that the keynote speakers for the conference are:

Professor William Weber

Southeast Missouri State University, USA

Professor Christopher O'Donnell

University of Queensland, Australia

Dr Jonas Månsson

Linnaeus University, Sweden

Organising and Scientific Committee

  • Professor Jill Johnes, University of Huddersfield
  • Professor Geraint Johnes, Lancaster University
  • Professor Tommaso Agasisti, Politecnico di Milano
  • Professor Kristof De Witte, KU Leuven and Maastricht University

Local Organisers

Professor Jill Johnes and Dr Swati Virmani, Huddersfield Business School, University of Huddersfield

Call for Papers

Improving the efficiency of public sector organisations is a major challenge in the context of public finance and economic development, where fiscal consolidation has become an essential characteristic of any reform. Recent reforms have started to address these issues with the introduction of performance-based funding. But this requires an accurate measurement of performance or efficiency by assessing the way in which inputs (human and financial resources) are transformed into outputs (public services of a given quality). The purpose of the Workshop is to focus on specific challenges around measuring performance in the education, health and other public services sectors. It will bring together scholars from various disciplines and fields to debate the present and future challenges in the area of public sector efficiency, performance measurement, and policy and managerial implications of the on-going research. The Workshop provides an ideal platform for presenting new methods, applications of existing techniques, and advances in theoretical and empirical research.

The Workshop is the sixth of a series of academic meetings focused on efficiency analysis in education, the previous ones being hosted in Greece (Thessaloniki) - 2013, United Kingdom (London) - 2014, Belgium (Leuven) - 2015, Milan (Italy) in 2016, and Budapest (Hungary) in 2017.

The 2018 workshop explicitly aims to expand the horizon by bringing together theoretical and empirical studies that are not only focused on efficiency analysis in education but also health and other public services, and linking with the broader area of measuring performance within the public sector.


Extended abstracts (max 3/4 pages) or full papers must be submitted by email to s.virmani@hud.ac.uk by May 18th, 2018, and notification of acceptance will be sent out by June 8th, 2018.

Prospective participants can also propose not only single papers, but also entire sessions, that can share thematic interests or methodological commonalities. In this case, please indicate the name of the Chair responsible for organising the session.

Important Dates:

May 18th    Deadline for abstract submission
June 8th Notification of acceptance
July 15th Deadline for Early bird Registration
August 15th Deadline for fee payment and registration
August 20th Full paper submission
September 6th & 7th Workshop 

Best Paper Award

All participants can participate for the award. The best paper will get book vouchers from Cambridge Scholars worth £250; and the second best paper will get book vouchers from Oxford University Press worth £150. To participate, authors must submit finished papers (abstracts not accepted) by August 20th, 2018.


The event is hosted by the Huddersfield Business School, University of Huddersfield.
The workshop will take place in the new Oastler Building (no. 37 on the map)

Charles Sikes (Huddersfield Business School) and Oastler (Law School) Charles Sikes building, Huddersfield Business School (left) and Oastler building, Law School (right)


Participation in the workshop is subject to payment of a fee (as follows), which includes the cost of the conference dinner:



Early bird Registration - £175 up to 15th July 2018, and £225 thereafter

Accompanying persons' rate

£175 (to include dinner & refreshments) for early bird (up to 15th July), and £225 thereafter