The third AP-PPN Annual Conference, which was attended by hundreds of scholars, was successfully held by the School of Public Policy and Management (SPPM) on March 30 to April 1, 2018. This year the theme of the conference was “Bridging the Gap among Policy Research, Education and Practice in Asia Pacific Region.” The opening ceremony was moderated by Mei Ciqi, Associate Professor of the SPPM.
At the opening ceremony, Professor Iris Geva-May, Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis (JCPA) and Founding President of the ICPA-Forum, gave a speech entitled “On the Advancement of Comparative Policy Analytic Studies.” Charting the development of comparative policy analysis in the past two decades, she discussed why comparative policy studies are important for the common human experience.
Lan Zhiyong, Professor of the SPPM, also gave a speech entitled “Policy Learning and Innovation by Network,” in which he integrated different academic perspectives and discussed how network innovation can help promote policy learning.
More than 90 papers were divided into 18 sub-forums for the thematic discussions conducted during the annual conference. The papers involved a wide range of topics, including policy and politics, environmental governance, e-government affairs, social policy, anti-corruption efforts, intergovernmental relations, citizen participation, policy design, and public policy cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region. As part of the conference, the SPPM organized a special session for paper tutoring, in which senior experts were invited to provide in-depth comments and guidance to some PhD candidates on their papers.
On March 30 to 31, 2018, the 16th JCPA and ICPA-Forum Workshop entitled “Comparison of Policy Experiments: Practices in the Asia-Pacific Region” was also hosted by the SPPM. The Workshop was also part of the Third AP-PPN Annual Conference. Professor Zhu Xufeng, Associate Dean of the SPPM and Professor Geva-May delivered the welcome speeches. Over 10 scholars attended the workshop and discussed nine papers indexed in the Workshop.
(The 16th JCPA and ICPA-Forum Workshop)
A Poster Exhibition of the MPP and MPA Programs in the Asia-Pacific region was held alongside the annual meeting. This activity was designed to provide an opportunity and platform to introduce the MPA and MPP projects of the participating colleges and universities. A total of 19 colleges and universities from all over the Asia-Pacific region participated in the activity.
The Asia-Pacific Public Policy Network (AP-PPN) was founded in 2016 as a professional organization to facilitate scholarly communication and exchanges among academics, students and practitioners interested in policy studies in the Asia-Pacific region. Its aim is to assemble a consortium of public policy academics in the Asia-Pacific region in order to encourage the formation of national public policy forums. In doing so, the AP-PPN hopes to create a platform through which to support intra-region collaborations, learning opportunities, conferences and workshops to further the development of the public policy discipline in the Asia-Pacific.