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Transition and Developing Economies Award (2023)

The International Public Policy Association awards the Transition and Developing Economies Award biennially to an academic or researcher employed on a full-time basis (or emeritus/retired) either in a university or a policy research center located in a country identified as a developing or transition economy, and whose publications (book or articles) are directly related to public policy and/or public administration issues in one or more such countries. The award recognises the outstanding contribution of a mid-career to a senior scholar or researcher to the development of the field of Public Policy and/or Public Administration within either a developing or transition country context. The successful candidate will have an established record of theoretical and empirical scholarly publications as well as service to the profession.

Self-nomination is allowed but the letter of those who self-nominate would not count as one of the two required supporting letters.



  • Call for nominations: Extended until February 28, 2023
  • Results: May 2, 2023


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Shahjahan Bhuiyan
Associate Professor of Public Administration & Associate Dean
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Shahjahan Bhuiyan is Associate Professor of Public Administration and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Administration at The American University in Cairo’s School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, Egypt. He was previously Dean of the KIMEP University’s College of Social Sciences, Kazakhstan. Bhuiyan holds an M.Phil. in Public Administration from the University of Bergen, Norway, and a Ph.D. in Development Studies from the University of Bonn, Germany. He was a Visiting Research Fellow at Oxford University’s Oxford Institute of Population Aging (OIA) and the Inaugural Democratic Governance Fellow in UNDP’s Oslo Governance Center.

Bhuiyan is an Associate Editor of Public Organization Review and sits on the Editorial Boards of Public Administration and Development, International Journal of Public Administration, Public Organization Review, and the International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age. He is also an Editorial Board member of the Gulf Studies Book Series (Springer). 


Bhuiyan’s most recent edited/coedited books are Public Administration in the Middle East and North Africa (2023, Routledge) and Institutional Reforms, Governance, and Services Delivery in the Global South (2022, International Series on Public Policy, Palgrave Macmillan). He has published articles in numerous refereed journals such as Government Information Quarterly, Public Administration and Development, Public Integrity, Habitat International, International Journal of Public Sector Management, and Information Development.

Jury Members

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Eduardo Araral
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
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Serik Orazgaliyev
Nazarbayev University
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Wang Yahua
Tsinghua University
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Tahani Al- Saigh
Academy for Developing Administrative Leaders
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R. Sudarshan
Jindal School of Government and Public Policy


"Professor Shahjahan Bhuiyan is a highly accomplished scholar, who has made significant contributions to the field of health policy, governance, and comparative public administration. He also plays a leadership role in his university and community, which is a typical example of promoting the development of developing countries by serving public management education." Yahua Wang (Tsinghua University)

Previous Winners

Edition 2021
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Oscar Oszlak

Universidad de Buenos Aires

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