Abstract presentations


You can now see all the abstracts that will be presented on the SANORD conference here:

SANORD Program and Abstracts 2016





Abstract submission is now closed.

Conference Delegate Support (CDS)

Please click here to access the application and read information on how to apply.


Call for abstracts

SANORD (Southern African-Nordic Centre) is proud to announce that the next SANORD conference will take place 7-9 September 2016 in Uppsala, Sweden. SANORD is a partnership of higher education institutions from all the Nordic countries and southern Africa with the aim of promoting multilateral research cooperation on matters of importance to the development of both regions.


Beyond New Public Management?
Exploring New Paradigms of Governance and Public Service Provisioning


New Public Management has affected Africa and Europe alike since the 1980s, and has implied a substantial shift in the governance and management of the State, and society at large. The 2016 SANORD conference aims to highlight the need to rethink, scrutinize and look beyond the dominant paradigm of New Public Management, especially when it comes to governance and public service provisioning. In health-care, schooling, social services, as well as in many other sectors of society, issues pertaining to the State’s responsibility and role as provider of services are on the top of the political agenda. The conference invites papers that look beyond new public management as a dominant model for organizing society and, in extension, explore new paradigms of governance and public service provisioning including learning, and its implications for higher education and research.

Keynote speakers

Her Excellency, Prof. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim
Prof. Kerstin Sahlin
Prof. Collen Masimirembwa
Prof. Heila Lotz-Sisitka

You find more information about our interesting keynote speakers here

Suggested topics

  1. New Public Management in practice: empirical cases, lessons learned, and beyond
  2. Universities as social innovators: society, culture, technology
  3. Inequalities and vulnerabilities: publicprivate partnerships, and social justice
  4. Transnational connections: corporations, networks, universities
  5. Critical thinking and transformative learning in Higher Education: values, efficiency, relevance

Deadline for submission of abstracts is March 15, 2016.

Instructions for submitting abstracts

a. Abstract format

– Abstracts should be maximum 250 words and written in English.
– The title in CAPITAL letters (not exceeding 250 letters).
– Author and co-author(s) name, surname, title, affiliation should be typed into the on-line abstract submission system.
– Please mark the presenting author(s) in the author field.
– The use of tables and figures in abstract is discouraged.

b. Abstract submission 

Please submit your abstract electronically here, by March 15.   Abstract submission is now closed.
If you have any questions please email us at sanord2016@akademikonferens.uu.se

c. Notifications 

All submissions will be reviewed by a conference committee and notification of results will be sent out by mid-May, 2016.

Detailed information to speakers will be sent out in the beginning of August.

For more information please visit the Conference website, here.

  dTravel grants

SANORD will offer a limited number of partial conference support (CDS) packages to delegates who will present accepted papers at the conference.