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The Dalhousie School of Public Administration is a leading regional, national and international centre for research in public policy and public sector management.  Its research agenda advances all aspects of its mission by providing enhanced research opportunities for faculty and students, thereby grounding and advancing learning, while contributing knowledge to the public sector and broader management communities.

Research generated by SPA faculty has produced a number of published books and chapters, dozens of articles in peer-reviewed journals and numerous research monographs, peer-reviewed paper presentations and faculty research seminars and invited talks.

Research themes

The School’s research agenda engages public management within a wide variety of themes and issues, including:

accountability evaluation municipalities
alternative program delivery governance non-governmental organizations
change management health management public engagement
communities human resource management
public policy
comptrollership law and economics regulation
demographics leadership risk management
equality management lobbying  

Find out more about specific SPA research projects:

Research partnerships

Faculty members within the SPA often collaborate with other researchers within Dalhousie, other universities and with public and private sector research organizations.  The School’s current external research partners include:

  • University of Strathclyde
  • HEC Montreal
  • Harvard University
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Nantes
  • University of Chicago
  • Public Safety New Brunswick
  • Co-op Atlantic
  • Nova Scotia Public Service Commission
  • Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness
  • Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations
  • The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency; and
  • Institute for Citizen-Centric Service Delivery

The School also has signed an agreement with the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education to engage students on short-term research projects.  The “Aligning Students and Projects” (ASAP) initiative builds on the success of the School’s student internship program to offer students the opportunity to gain practical work experience, as well as provide financial support while enrolled at the SPA.

Individual research topics

Individual faculty research topics can be found in the Faculty & Staff section.