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The Asia Pacific Public Policy Network (AP-PPN) Annual Conference

Updated on 15 February 2021

The abstract submission for the conference is closed. In light of the recent and anticipated situation of the Covid-19 pandemic, the conference will be held virtually via Zoom.

Participants and Observers need to register for the Conference in order to attend the sessions. Registration fee for the Conference has been waived.


The Asia Pacific Public Policy Network (AP-PPN) Annual Conference


Resilient and Inclusive Governance in the Age of Crisis


Hosted by the Department of Asian and Policy Studies, The Education University of Hong Kong


March 3 to 5 2021, HONG KONG


The Covid-19 pandemic has severely disrupted almost all aspects of human society, including public health, economic growth, and national and global politics. In seeking to learn from the crisis and offer advice, the academic field of public policy has rapidly mobilized with a wave of publications, media engagements, and research initiatives. Against this backdrop, we call for abstract submissions to the 6th AP-PPN Annual Conference, to be held from March 3 to 5, 2021 at The Education University of Hong Kong.

We are sensitive to the seismic shift this rare crisis has visited upon our field. Accordingly, we will hold a conference that is thematically fluid and flexible, under the broader theme of “resilient and inclusive governance in the age of crisis”. We invite scholars from across all policy subfields to contemplate how the crisis reshapes their work and how their work can in turn reshape the crisis. Rarely is there an opportunity to examine our work in the context of an evolving crisis – and in a world that, more than ever, needs guidance from experts from all fields.

Regarding submission, we are flexible within this theme, so we expect to receive abstracts across the typical range of topical subfields (e.g., public health, urban policy, social policy, climate policy, migration, international relations, and others) and theoretical subfields (e.g., policy process theories, tools and instruments, actors-ideas-institutions, collaboration and participation, knowledge-policy interface, epistemics, wicked problems, and others).

We recognize that this is a broad call, but indeed these unique times call for broad thinking. There is no more urgent time to bring the field’s wide-ranging interests into one forum around the issue of crisis mitigation (however broadly one chooses to define that). We expect that participants would thirst for an opportunity to balance their research focus with its application to the macro-crisis context. Thus, we invite submissions that either look to the future or extend existing lines of inquiry to this novel context. Join us for this profoundly important sharing of ideas!


The main conference will take place on March 4 and 5, while a pre-conference workshop tailor-made for research students will held on March 3. The workshop seeks to offer a range of useful training/sharing sessions on academic writing, job-seeking, career planning, and how to get published. Student applicants should indicate the intent of joining this workshop when submitting their abstracts. Abstract submission for the conference is closed. 


Should you have any enquiries, please free feel to contact the conference secretariat at


Recent publications of public policy researchers at The Education University of Hong Kong

  1. Kris Hartley and Minh Khuong Vu (2020), Fighting fake news in the COVID-19 era: policy insights from an equilibrium model, Policy Sciences,
  2. Hanyu Xiao, et al. (2020). Citizens’ Confidence in Government Control of Corruption: An Empirical Analysis. Social Indicators Research,
  3. Alex Jingwei He, Kerry Ratigan, and Jiwei Qian (2020). Attitudinal Feedback towards Sub-national Social Policy: A Comparison of Popular Support for Social Health Insurance in Urban China. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis,
  4. Kelvin Chi-Kin Cheung and Richard Kwok-Shing Wong (2020). Income Effects on the Intellectual Development of Children from Low-Income Families in Hong Kong: The Mediating Role of Parental Investment and Parental Stress.  Child Adolesc Soc Work J,
  5. Siu‐yau Lee and Kee‐lee Chou (2020). How Nation Building Backfires: Beliefs about Group Malleability and Anti‐Chinese Attitudes in Hong Kong. Political Psychology,
  6. Fox Zhiyong Hu (2020). Global city development and urban wage inequality in China. Asian Geographer,
  7. Alex Jingwei He, Yuda Shi and Hongdou Liu (2020). Crisis governance, Chinese style: distinctive features of China’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Policy Design and Practice,
  8. Kris Hartley and Darryl Jarvis (2020). Policymaking in a low-trust state: legitimacy, state capacity, and responses to COVID-19 in Hong Kong. Policy and Society,
  9. Siu‐yau Lee (2020). Explaining Chinese identification in Hong Kong: the role of beliefs about group malleability. Ethnic and Racial Studies,
  10. Jingyuan Xu, Xiaohu Wang and Hanyu Xiao (2020). How environmental bureaucrats influence funding legislation: an information processing perspective. Environmental Politics,
  11. Alex Jingwei He and Liang Ma (2020). Citizen Participation, Perceived Public Service Performance, and Trust in Government: Evidence from Health Policy Reforms in Hong Kong. Public Performance and Management Review,
  12. Lanjiao Wen, Lioudmila Chatalova, Van Butsic, Fox Zhiyong Hu and Anlu Zhang (2020). Capitalization of land development rights in rural China: A choice experiment on individuals’ preferences in peri-urban Shanghai. Land Use Policy,
  13. Kris Hartley and Glen Kuecker (2020). The moral hazards of smart water management. Water International,
  14. Xiaohu Wang, Hanyu Xiao, Bo Yan, and Jingyuan Xu (2020). New development: Administrative accountability and early responses during public health crises—lessons from Covid-19 in China. Public Money and Management,
  15. Michael Mintrom, Dayashankar Maurya, and Alex Jingwei He (2020). Policy entrepreneurship in Asia: the emerging research agenda. Journal of Asian Public Policy,
  16. Kris Hartley (2020). The Epistemics of Policymaking: from Technocracy to Critical Pragmatism in the UN Sustainable Development Goals. International Review of Public Policy,

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