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The Fifth AP-PPN Annual Conference


Research, Evidence, and Public Policy in Asia Pacific


By School of Social Sciences, the University of Western Australia


13th February 2020
14th Feburary 2020


School of Social Sciences, the University of Western Australia



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) on 13th to 14th 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.

Proposals for both individual papers and thematic panels on ALL TOPICS relevant to public policy are invited.

Proposals for papers must include an abstract (250 words maximum), paper title and author’s name, institution, and email address. If you have an idea about a panel containing at least 3 conference papers, please contact us with the title and abstract of the panel, along with the titles, abstracts, and author’s name of each paper. Please email your proposal to before 30 September, 2019.

You will be notified about the status of your proposal submission by email before 31 October, 2019.  If your abstract is accepted, submission of the full conference paper is expected by 31 January, 2020.

Please direct your questions to the UWA organizing committee at


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