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Call for Papers for the 2018 Annual Conference of the Asian Association for Public Administration (AAPA)



The Call for Papers

for the 2018 Annual Conference of the Asian Association for Public Administration (AAPA)


In collaboration with the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at Universitas Gadjah Mada (FISIPOL UGM), the National Institute of Public Administration (LAN), the Indonesian Association for Public Administration (IAPA), and the Ministry of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform (Kemen PAN RB)


Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia on March 22-23, 2018



The 2018 AAPA Annual Conference will be jointly hosted by the Asian Association for Public Administration (AAPA), the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at Universitas Gadjah Mada (FISIPOL UGM), the National Institute of Public Administration (LAN, Lembaga Administrasi Negara), the Indonesian Association for Public Administration (IAPA), and the Ministry of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform (Kemen PAN RB).  It will be held in the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at Universitas Gadjah Mada ( in Yogyakarta, Indonesia from March 22nd to 23rd, 2018. The conference venue is located in Yogyakarta, approximately 30 minutes car drive from the Adisutjipto International Airport during a non-rush hour.  Yogyakarta is a city on the island of Java and it is an important tourist destination in Indonesia.

Main Conference Theme: Reinventing Public Administration in a Globalized World: A Non-Western Perspective

The role of public administration in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is very important. There are many issues that have to be addressed to increase the quality of life  in developing countries as targeted by SDGs: poverty and hunger, climate change, energy, consumption, marine resources, inequality, economic growth, ecosystems and environment, peace and justice, human settlements, water management, education for sustainable development and lifelong learning, food security, gender equality, industrial sustainability, good health and inclusive well-being, accountable and inclusive institutions, and the global partnership for sustainable development.


Related to these issues, questions may be raised on how effective the role of public administration is in each country in coping with the above problems. Most developing countries usually adopt a model of public administration from other developed countries. The way of managing development and public services has been based on a bureaucratic model adopted from western countries. In this conference, we will explore the other perspective of public administration by focusing on non-western perspectives.


1)     Developing Theories of Non-Western Public Administrations

2)     Exploring New Research Methods for Public Administration: beyond positivism

3)     Culture (Ethics, Religion) and Public Administration

4)     Strengthening Local Administration and Decentralization

5)     Local Knowledge, Innovation and Public Policy

6)     Social Architecture, Digital Governance and Human Values 

We invite submission of abstracts and papers that reflect on the above issues from academics and practitioners. Please find below information about submitting your papers.


Abstracts (no more than 500 words in English) for paper presentations, which should be sent as an email attachment to  no later than October 27, 2017.

After an anonymous evaluation, an official invitation will be sent no later than November 15, 2017 to the authors whose abstracts have been accepted. Full papers must be sent as an email attachment to  no later than January 15th, 2018.

All paper abstracts should be no more than one-page long, single-spaced, and should include the following information: (1) author(s) name, title, institutional affiliation, and official address; (2) contact details (email and phone) of authors and/or corresponding author(s); (3) presentation paper title and its sub-theme category; and (4) the presentation paper abstract (no more than 500 words in English). 

The conference organizer will review all papers and a “Best Paper Award” will be awarded by the AAPA President to the presenter who delivered the highest quality paper among the papers presented at the conference. Three kinds of the Best Paper Awards are considered for graduate students, professional researchers and scholars, practitioners (public officials). To be considered for a Best Paper Award, the author(s) must submit the full paper to the conference organizer by the due date, complete the registration form and make payment for the registration fee(s). More details can be found at


Opening of Abstract Submission:                                         August 1st, 2017       

Abstract Submission Deadline:                                           October 27th, 2017

Notification of acceptance/rejection to authors:               November 15th, 2017

Final Paper Submission Deadline:                                       January 15th, 2018

Online Registration:                                                               January 15th, 2018  

Hotel Check-in and On Site Registration:                             March 21st, 2018

Conference Date:                                                                   March 22-23rd, 2018

All presenters must register for the conference in order to have their presentation scheduled in the conference program.

Registration Fees

International Participants

-          General           US$150

-          Students         US$100

Indonesian National Participants

-          General           IDR 2,000,000

-          Students         IDR 1,500,000 

The registration fees include participation to the conference and membership fee to AAPA for a year and it must be paid in full (this fee is not separable). More detailed information about the Online Registration will be available in early November of 2017. 

Conference Venue and Accommodation:

The main conference and the parallel sessions will be held at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences Building at Universitas Gadjah Mada. More detailed information about the conference venue will be available in due course.

There are several hotels available near the conference venue:

Within walking distance:

1.      University Club Hotel (200 m) []

2.      Wisma Kagama UGM (500 m) []

3.      Ishiro Hotel (700 m) []

4.      Wisma MM UGM (800 m) []

5.      UNY Hotel (800 m) [] 

Within 1 – 2 km:

1.      Tentrem Hotel (1.2 km) []

2.      Santika Premiere (2.0 km) []

3.      Yogya Plaza Hotel (2.0 km) []

4.      Novotel (2.0 km km) []

5.      Phoenix (2.0 km) [] 

Around 3 km or further:

1.      Ina Garuda (3.0 km) []

2.      Ibis Malioboro Yogyakarta (3.5 km) []

Email us for more choices of hotels. Many of the above hotels have a corporate rate on behalf of UGM. You could inquire if the service is available by calling and mentioning the conference name.

For local logistics (lodging/transportation information) and conference venue, please contact:

Ms. Agustina Kustulasari

Department of Public Policy and Management, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Gadjah Mada


For conference-related matters, please contact:

Dr. Phil. Gabriel Lele

Department of Public Policy and Management, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM)


For AAPA membership-related general matters, please contact:

Mr. Taein (Ry) Park (Executive Secretary of AAPA) or Mr. Prabin Maharjan (Secretary of AAPA) in the AAPA Secretariat (


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