The HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management in partnership with the Estrela Borough (Lisbon) presents the call for proposals for the II Public Value Festival – Connect, Contribute, Celebrate, to be held in Lisbon, June 18-20, 2023.

This second Public Value Festival aims at high quality research on topics related to Public Value from different perspectives, including public and private lenses. Academics, PhD students, and practitioners are invited to submit papers related to the Festival’s theme: Connect, Contribute, Celebrate.

We also encourage submissions towards, but not limited to, understanding the different connections of Public Value to the fields of communication sciences, psychology, organizational and behavioral studies, among others.


  • Proposal submission – until March 15th

  • Decision for acceptance – April 7th

  • Full paper submission – May 31st

  • Conference – 18th to 20th June


  1. Cities and Citizenship: In 2050 two thirds of humankind are expected to live in cities. How can we approach upcoming technological, social, and ecological challenges in city planning and urban development? How do we enable community and citizenship to shape sustainable living in a fair and equal manner?
  2. Climate Crisis as THE Grand Challenge: “Earth for All” – the new report to the Club of Rome is positioned as survival guide for humanity. How can we understand and explain barriers of change and promote new ideas with the help of Public Value thinking? Which new technological, activist, educational or other ideas aligned with Public Value are currently at the horizon impacting this grand challenge?
  3. Further grand challenges: The list of grand challenges and wicked problems is long. Where does a public value lens help to shape thinking and acting to navigate through different areas?
  4. Public Value theory: There is no unified field of public value theorizing, but rather an interdisciplinary landscape of ideas on how to address the relationship between the individual and the collective, using notions of common good, general interest or public good. What is the next frontier of public value theory?
  5. Public Value start-ups: Entrepreneurial activity is an important vehicle for innovation. In this track we aim to highlight, support, and connect entrepreneurial activities – starting with already elaborate business models up to established start-ups. Founders and their teams will be able to connect to a vivid international and local Lisbon ecosystem. Moreover, they will have a chance to receive feedback on how to direct their business model towards public value creation regarding strategy, structure and people from established entrepreneurs and academics. For this track you are requested to apply with a pitch deck of your venture, outlining how you relate to Public Value.


Proposals should be sent to no later than March 15th 2023 and must include:

  • Title
  • Extended abstract in English (max. 700 words)
  • Name
  • E-mail address
  • Institutional affiliation
  • Sub-theme

Applicants will be informed of the result of their submissions by mid April 7th.


Prof. Timo Meynhardt – Dr. Arend Oetker Chair of Business Psychology and Leadership – HHL Leipzig Gradute School of Management

Presidente Luís Newton – Estrela Borough


Selected presenters will be required to submit full papers (max. 20 pages, 1.5 spacing) by 31st May to

All abstracts and papers must be submitted in English.