New book: Public Service workforce of the future

It has been a number of years in the making but our (me, Catherine Needham, Catherine Mangan & Helen Sullivan) edited book Reimagining the Future Public Service Workforce has just been published by Springer.   This book investigates the professional needs and training requirements of an ever-changing public service workforce in Australia and the United Kingdom. It explores the nature of future roles, the types of skills and competencies that will be required and how organisations might recruit, train and develop public servants for these roles.

The book draws on leading international research and practitioners also make recommendations for how local organisations can equip future public servants with the skills and professional capacities for these shifting professional demands, and the skillsets they will require.

Drawing on ideas that have been developed in the Australian and UK context, the book delves into the major themes involved in re-imagining the public service workforce and the various forms of capacities and capabilities that this entails. It then explores delivery of this future vision, and its implications in terms of development, recruitment and strategy.

Stay tuned for news of a book launch!


The Next Industrial Revolution? The Role of Public Administration in Supporting Government to Oversee 3D Printing Technologies

I have been working on a paper on 3D printing and public administration for just over two years now.  I am fascinated by 3D printing technologies and wanted to find a way to write about this and am delighted that I have just had a paper published by Public Administration Review on this topic.  The abstract is copied below and you can access the paper free (thanks to UNSW, Canberra for the funding to do this) here.

In recent years, developments in 3D printing have grasped the public’s attention. There are a range of different applications for these technologies that have a number of social, economic, and environmental implications. This essay considers these advancements and what the role of government should be in overseeing these technologies. It argues that although these technologies have been absent from the public administration literature to date, there is an important role that the field can play in supporting governments in this endeavor. In illustrating this, the final section of the essay draws considers how a multilevel governance framework of technology might allow us to consider the broader implications of these technologies.