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PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS: Potentials, Prospects, Pitfalls & Precautions

Special issue call for papers from Built Environment Project and Asset Management

PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS: Potentials, Prospects, Pitfalls & Precautions

Private participation in the provision of public infrastructure and services has a history dating back to the Roman Empire.  Although only used ‘on and off’ in past centuries, recent decades have seen a resurgence in structured  Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in both developed and developing nations.   Of course there are more variables and unknowns in PPPs compared to other procurement and delivery approaches, since they are longer-term mutual commitments to a wider range of services. Furthermore, differing needs and priorities have spawned diverse PPP types and practices. Moreover, given different levels of success and failure, the overall worldwide verdict on PPPs is still ‘mixed’. The ‘PPP body of knowledge’ is thus seen as developing in ‘fits and starts’ and ‘bits and pieces’, hence warrants revisiting and consolidating, as also targeted by the CIB Working Commission W122 on PPP.

Although many PPPs are in operation and many more are being promoted, the 2016 World Bank Group’s PPP annual update noted a significant decline in new PPPs in Emerging Markets and Developing Economies. This contrasts with accelerating demands for better value infrastructure and services. Creative thinking and innovative approaches, along with smart risk management are therefore needed to empower higher-value sustainable PPPs.

This special journal issue provides a forum to consolidate and disseminate lessons learned during the evolution of PPPs, along with innovative principles, leading-edge practices and decision-aids. It also calls for critical analyses of demonstrable potentials and prospects of PPPs, and identification of areas for improvement including practical precautions against common pitfalls.
Antipated Themes

Anticipated Themes:

  •     PPPs and through-life management
  •     Innovative Financing models for PPPs
  •     Innovative Cost & Value Management in PPPs
  •     Knowledge Management and Learning in PPPs
  •     PPPs, Public Policy and Societal Development
  •     Empowering technical and / or Managerial Innovations in PPPs
  •     Legal Issues and Dispute Resolution in PPPs
  •     PPPs featuring direct inter-governmental involvement
  •     Special Issues of PPPs in developing countries
  •     Stakeholder management in PPPs
  •     Capacity development for PPPs
  •     Social value in PPPs
  •     Maturity models for PPPs
  •     Unsolicited proposals and PPPs
  •     New PPP models
  •     PPPs and innovations in service delivery
  •     Selection Methodologies for choosing suitability for PPP
  •     Evaluating ongoing and completed PPPs
  •     New priorities and suggestions for next generation of PPPs

Submission Guidelines

Author guidelines, including on formats and length limit, must be strictly followed and can be found on the journal web site at:

Submissions to the special issue must be through Scholar-One Manuscripts. Registration and access are available at:

Authors should select (from the drop-down menu) the special issue “PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS: Potentials, Prospects, Pitfalls & Precautions” at the appropriate step in the submission process, i.e. in response to “Please select the issue you are submitting to”.
Key Dates

The window for submissions for this special issue will open on the 20th of December 2017, and will close on the 25th of January 2018. Papers cannot be submitted before this.

The Special issue will aim to publish as the second issue of 2019.
Guest Editors

In the meantime, please get in touch with the editorial team to discuss your submission. Informal queries, or formal submission of abstracts, are encouraged.

Himal Suranga Jayasena
University of Moratuwa
[email protected]

Mohan Siriwardena
Liverpool John Moores University
[email protected]

Giovanni C. Migliaccio
University of Washington
[email protected]

Submitted articles must not have been previously published, nor should they be under consideration for publication anywhere else, while under review for this journal.

The Guest Editors will conduct an initial review of submitted papers. Those judged suitable for the special issue will be sent to at least two independent referees for double blind peer review, after which submissions may be recommended for revisions and further review, acceptance or rejection.