Asian Association for Public Administration

Fostering excellence in public
administration research, education, and
practice in the Asian region

Special Consultative Status granted by the UNECOSOC
AAPA is a partner of the UN
Public Administration Network


Fostering excellence in public
administration research, education, and
practice in the Asian region

Special Consultative Status granted by the UNECOSOC
AAPA is a partner of the UN
Public Administration Network


*Deadline Extended until August 26th, 2022 Call for Papers The 2022 Annual Conference of the Asian Association for Public Administration (AAPA)

Deadline Extended until August 26th, 2022 

                         Call for Papers

The 2022 Annual Conference of the Asian Association for Public Administration (AAPA)
December 3-4th, 2022, Shanghai, China
New Governance Challenges towards Sustainable Development Goals in Asia and the World

The world has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has had profound impacts on individuals, organizations, and societies. As a result, countries are now facing major setbacks in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Though many countries and many cities are gradually recovering from the pandemic, COVID-19’s impacts may be long-lasting. To cope with the challenges, each country and each city may have to adapt their strategies and governance and introduce innovative solutions.

Governments around the world now face a set of open-ended problems which are complex, have multiple objectives, and require decision makers to balance competing interests and optimize benefits. How to plan cities so that public services become more equitable and affordable for all? How to enhance the capacity of officials and the performance of government? How can emerging technologies be used to solve these problems in different countries and cities? Decisions related to these issues will affect the lives of billions of people and shape the future of nations and our planet.

The conference focuses on developing theories, identifying good practices, and presenting new evidence regarding addressing challenges en route to achieving the SDGs. Both academicians and practitioners from Asia and other parts of the world are welcome to submit papers and panels to present your research, debate ideas, and discuss emerging issues, trends and challenges, as well as your solutions in public administration & policy and other fields. Through this event, we hope to develop and reflect on solutions and pathways for recovering from the pandemic and achieving the SDGs under new circumstances, create new theories of governance, and facilitate the exchange of intersectional and international knowledge.

Listed below are some non-exclusive sub-themes for your consideration:

  • New theories of governance for Sustainable Development Goals
  • Reducing poverty and hunger while promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion 
  • Nonprofit/NGO and volunteerism during times of crisis
  • Innovative modes of public service delivery and administrative reform
  • Innovation in intergovernmental, inter-jurisdictional, and regional collaboration
  • COVID-19 responses to promote healthier and more sustainable cities
  • Urban and community resilience for sustainable development
  • Value co-creation/co-destruction for promoting/hindering sustainable development
  • The use of emerging technologies to reshape society and governance
  • Digital governance and smart solutions to the COVID-19 outbreak
  • New theories and case studies from mega-city and rural governance

The 2022 AAPA Annual Conference will be jointly hosted by the Asian Association for Public Administration (AAPA) and China Institute for Urban Governance, School of International and Public Affairs at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in collaboration with the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS) and the International Public Policy Association (IPPA). The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) will participate in and support the event through UNPAN and the Secretariat.


Individual paper abstracts (limited to one page in length): All abstracts should include: (1) the name, title, institutional affiliation, address, and a short bio of each contributing author; (2) email address; (3) paper title and its sub-theme; and (4) abstract including references. Proposed papers should present high-quality theoretical, qualitative, or quantitative research.

Panel proposals: Each panel will include 4-5 presenters for a session. Panel proposals should include: (1) session title; (2) the institutional affiliations, addresses and short bios of the chair and the discussants; and (3) panelists and panel abstracts. We particularly encourage panel submissions on cross-country or cross-region comparative studies. Submissions should be characterized by a comparative perspective in their theoretical, geographic, methodological, or disciplinary focus. Panel organizers are encouraged to promote its own panel call.

All proposals are subject to peer review and should be submitted through  http://aapa2022.mikecrm.com/EkZJyFs. Acceptance and rejection notices will be sent out by email. Selected early-career scholars will have the opportunity to participate in a Young Scholar Paper Seminar on research design in September for free.


Abstract/Panel Proposal Submission Deadline: August 26th, 2022 (Extended)

Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: End of August, 2022

Young Scholar Paper Seminar: September 10th, 2022

Final Paper Submission Deadline: November 1st, 2022

Online Registration Deadline: November 1st, 2022

Conference Check-in: December 2nd, 2022

Conference Date: December 3rd – 4th, 2022

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


There is no registration fee for either online or on-site participation (if the pandemic situation allows). On-site participants are expected to cover their own travel cost and local expenses. More detailed information on the conference registration will be available at http://aapa.asia/ in October, 2022. 


The main conference and parallel sessions will be held at Xuhui Campus of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, located at 1954 Huashan Road, Shanghai, China. More detailed information on the conference venue and accommodations will be available at XXX in due course.


1. After acceptance, authors will be contacted and invited to submit manuscripts to developed journals including Policy & PoliticsJournal of Comparative Policy Analysis (JCPA), International Review of Administrative Sciences (IRAS), Public Administration and Policy (PAP), Urban Governance (UG). Guest editors of each journal might organize closed-door workshops to provide guidance on how to refine research designs and prepare for peer reviews.

2. Distinguished journal editors will be invited to advise young scholars at the Young Scholar Paper Seminar (September 10th, 2022) and the Editor Forum session during the conference.


The Best Paper Award will be presented to the author(s) selected by the academic committee to have written the best paper appearing in this conference. To be considered for the award, the author(s) must submit a full manuscript and complete the online registration by the due date.


Chair: Xufeng Zhu, Tsinghua University

Committee Members:

Ed Araral, National University of Singapore

Bin Chen, CUNY the Graduate Center

Mingwang Cheng, Tongji University

Pobsook Chamchong, Chiang Mai University

Veerayuth Chokchaimadoln, Rangsit University

Nguyen Manh Cuong, Hanoi University

Mehmet Akif Demircioglu, National University of Singapore

Enxin Gao, East China Normal University

Jie Gao, National University of Singapore

Hai Guo, Florida International University

Jingwei He, Education University of Hong Kong

Sounman Hong, Yonsei University

Ling Jiang, Central University of Finance and Economics

Shunsuke Kimura, Meiji University

Hiroko Kudo, Chuo University

Bingqin Li, University of New South Wales

Yanliu Lin, Utrecht University

Bingsheng Liu, Chongqing University

Zhilin Liu, Tsinghua University

Liang Ma, Renming University of China

Fanrong Meng, Xi’an Jiaotong University

Haozhi Pan, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Sungmin Park, Sungkyunkwan University

Rui Sun, California State University Dominguez Hills

Ador Torneo, De La Salle University

Huangming Wang, Dalian University of Technology

Jue Wang, Nanyang Technological University

Xuejun Wang, Lanzhou University

Zheng Wang, the University of Sheffield

Yihan Xiong, Fudan University

Lihua Yang, Beijing University

Lijing Yang, Nanjing University

Lin Ye, Sun Yat-sen University

Hongtao Yi, Ohio State University

Jingjing Zeng, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law

Yueping Zheng, Sun Yat-sen University

Ling Zhu, University of Houston


To get more information about the conference and AAPA, please visit  http://aapa.asia/. If you have other questions, comments, or concerns regarding conference submissions, please contact aapaoffice@163.com.