3 May 2021

The University of Edinburgh has appointed two new Honorary Professors to support the work of CenSE.
The outside of the Business School building

These are highly prestigious appointments within the University and we are delighted to welcome Professors Ricardo Gomes and Toshihiko Ishihara. Together with CenSE Director, Professor Stephen Osborne, the two new Professors will be establishing an innovative Tri-Continental Research Syndicate to explore value creation within public administration and management theory and practice.

Professor Ricardo Gomes is a longstanding and leading member of the public management research community in Brazil, now based at the prestigious Fundacao Getulio Vargas (FGV) in Sao Paolo. He has also worked as Deputy Director for Educational Affairs of the National School of Public Finance in the Brazilian Ministry of Finance.

Over the last two decades, he has been a leading figure in the movement in this community to bring Brazilian public administration and management research from an insular concern within Brazil to one that makes an important contribution to the global research community.

He is Vice President for South America of the International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM). He is currently establishing the Research Centre for Public Management at FGV. He has a record of accomplishment of successful collaboration with both US and European academics. He has a good record of collaborative publications in leading US and European public administration and management journals — including Public Administration Review, Public Management Review, and the Journal of Public Procurement. His work on stakeholder engagement in public services is particularly influential.

Professor Toshihiko Ishihara is one of the leading public management accounting Professors in Japan. He is based at Kwansei Gakuin University — itself one of the most prestigious private universities in Japan. He leads a large research laboratory at Kwansei Gakuin University of 30 researchers (including 15 doctoral researchers — many of whom are already senior managers for the public and private service sectors in Japan).

He was the Founder and is the current President of CIPFA (Japan) — the professional association for public service accountants and managers in Japan, with over 400 members. In 2020, Professor Ishihara was the Founding and is the ongoing Director of the Research Centre for Value Co-Creation at Kwansei Gakuin University — the first such Centre in Japan.

Professor Ishihara’s research is pivotal in raising the profile and import of public administration and management research in Japan — both academically (though his laboratory) and in practice (through his pivotal role in CIPFA [Japan]). He has been especially influential in evolving the model of reporting and accounting for local government agencies in Japan — and evaluating this evolution. He is also central to the research stream in Japan to explore the nature of 'value' and 'value creation' in public service delivery.