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University of Western Australia presents


AP-PPN Annual Conference 2020





12th February 2020
14th Feburary 2020






AUD220 - AUD450

The AP-PPN Annual Conference 2020 is hosted by the Political Science and International Relations discipline, School of Social Sciences, The University of Western Australia (UWA).

This year’s conference theme is ‘Research, Evidence, and Public Policy in Asia Pacific’.

Following the successful conferences in Hong Kong (2016, 2019), Chiang Mai (2017), and Beijing (2018), the Asia Pacific Public Policy Network (AP-PPN) will hold its 5th Annual Conference for the first time in Australia at the University of Western Australia (UWA) from Wednesday 12 February to Friday 14 February 2020.

The conference theme encourages papers that examine the changing dynamics of research, evidence and public policy. More than ever, policymakers, researchers and practitioners are being asked to defend the evidence they use and produce, tailor evidence to specific policy purposes, justify why the voices of some experts are given preference over others and develop new mechanisms to inform and support governments. Shifts towards a ‘what works’ approach to policymaking, the increased use of evidence hierarchies, and new data infrastructures to inform decision making, all necessitate detailed, informed and critical examination by policy scholars. These trends require a critical awareness of the networks of influence that determine what counts as relevant policy knowledge.  The conference will provide an opportunity for researchers across the Asia Pacific to engage in reflection on these shifting dynamics and the implications for public policy research and practice.

For more information please contact the UWA organising committee at

2020 Conference Program (Tentative)


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