In 2009 an Emergency Service Research first made its appearance at the annual conference of the Joint University Councils’ Public Administration Committee. Since then it has grown and flourished under the guidance of Dr Paresh Wankhade co-editor of the International Journal of Emergency Services (IJES). Starting with Glamorgan in 2009, it has increasingly attracted more papers covering wider themes within the emergency services management. The latest Conference organised by the School of Government and Society at The University of Birmingham, in September 2011 attracted nine papers presented over three sessions.
The sessions generated stimulating discussion, ideas for potential future collaborations and a good networking opportunity for the delegates. The IJES was also represented at the Conference and sponsored the best paper award at the Panel which included a cash prize, one year subscription to the journal and a certificate. The inaugural prize was won jointly by Dr Harry Barton (Nottingham Business School) and Prof. Malcom Beynon (Cardiff Business School) for their paper entitled "How does operations management research in the UK police service contribute to improving service delivery in an era of financial restraint?" Dr Barton accepted the prize on behalf of the co-authors.
The conference provided an opportunity to publicise the new journal and allowed the editors to network with other conference delegates to submit papers to IJES which will continue to sponsor the best paper award at the future PAC conferences.
For further information about the PAC Conference and future developments, please email Dr Paresh Wankhade at email@example.com