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8th ICSD Asia Pacific branch - Biennial Conference on

"Glocalization and no one left behind" Call for Papers

ICSD 2020



8th ICSD Asia Pacific branch - Biennial Conference on
“Glocalization and no one left behind”
Call for Papers


Underpinning the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals is the pledge that nobody will be left behind. Similarly, social and economic equality and inclusivity is also recognized by ASEAN member states and other regional networks across Asia as crucial for the development of a prosperous region. The ASEAN Community Vision 2025 pledges to create "A resilient, inclusive, people-oriented and people-centered community that engenders equitable development and inclusive growth. " It further promises to create "An inclusive community that promotes a high quality of life, equitable access to opportunities for all and promotes and protects human rights of women, children, youth, the elderly/older persons, persons with disabilities, migrant workers, and vulnerable and marginalized groups” (ASEAN 2015).


However, the evidence suggests otherwise. Economies in the Asia Pacific are lagging behind in achieving a range of sustainable development goals and building inclusive societies. In fact, according to the Asia and the Pacific SDG Progress Report 2019, for more than half the SDGs, progress is stagnant or heading in the wrong direction.


Little progress has been made towards ending hunger (Goal 2), supporting industry, innovation and infrastructure (Goal 9), reducing inequalities (Goal 10), building sustainable cities and communities (Goal 11), combating climate change (Goal 13), protecting life below water (Goal 14) and life on land (Goal 15), or towards supporting peace, justice and strong institutions (Goal 16). For the three Goals, the situation has deteriorated. Negative trends have been registered when it comes to providing clean water and sanitation (Goal 6), ensuring decent work and economic growth (Goal 8), and supporting responsible consumption and production (Goal 12). The disparity between progress in these domains and an increasing need for “Inclusion” suggests that infrastructure and technological advancements have not delivered what they originally promised and have often excluded people from the  grassroots level.  


Apart from the Inclusion goal, in the Asia Pacific economies a large number of SDGs are not on track and   some are regressing. Therefore, it is evident that current efforts to achieve SDGs and create inclusive communities are inadequate. The status quo is untenable and innovative approaches to accelerate the achievement of sustainable development goals are necessary. With this in mind, the Eighth ICSD Asia Pacific Biennial conference invites scholars, researchers and practitioners to submit papers to showcase their research and or experiences. We are very keen to see a wide range of papers that encompass applied research, practice research, theoretical advances and explorations and innovative approaches in all aspects of this field.



Multidisciplinary sscholars/researchers/practitioners are invited to submit papers showing the progress of social performance development including the relationship between localization and globalization, called Glocalization - i.e. The relations within society at various levels such as individually, community, urbanization, and the wider public which are involved with the public sector, private sector, civil society, and the educational sector under the following streams:


CONFERENCE Theme and Sub-themes

The sub-themes of the international conference include, though by no means limited to:

  1. Social Justice for All

  2. Inequality and Poverty Eradication

  3. Conflict Avoidance and Peace Settlements

  4. Digitalization and Social Development

  5. Social Innovation

  6. Sustainable Development

  7. Climate Change Adaptation

  8. Social Determinants of Health



Abstracts should be between 200 to 300 words in length (excluding bibliography).

  • All abstracts should be written in English using the ABSTRACT Conference Paper Template SUBMISSION FORM (see below to download forms)

  • Submissions by practitioners, emerging scholars, and Masters and doctoral students engaged in research are very welcome.

  • All authors and presenters must formally register for the conference.

  • All submissions meeting the requirements (paper), will be subject to a blind review.

  • Only proposals of sufficient research quality and that are relevant to the aforementioned conference themes will be accepted.

  • Some selected paper (s) may be published in two ICSD journals: Social Development Issues and the International Journal of Community and Social Development

Abstracts should be in Microsoft Word, Times New Roman, 12-point font size. Abstract submission should include: (a) Presenter details (names, addresses, mobile numbers and email id), (b) Title (not exceeding 15 words), (c) Abstract (between 200-300 words), (d) Keywords (4 to 5) and (e) References (APA style).


Deadline for Abstract submission for Conference/Panel: 30 April 2020

Notification of acceptance/rejection to authors: 15 May 2020
Deadline for final submission of papers: 31 August 2020

Early Bird Registration: 30 June 2020

Deadline for conference registration: 15 September 2020

Conference Dates: 14-15 October 2020
Field visit (Optional): 16 October 2020.


Chief Patrons

  • Assoc Prof Gasinee Witoonchart, Rector, Thammasat University, Thailand.

  • Prof. Dr. Manohar Pawar, President, International Consortium for Social Development & Professor of Social Work, Charles Sturt University, Australia.

  • Dr. Veerathai Santiprabhob, Governor of the Bank of Thailand, Thailand.


International Advisory Committee (draft and to be confirmed)

  • Prof. Profulla C. Sarker, Vice Chancellor, Royal University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

  • Dr. Mubarak Rahamathulla, Flinders University, Australia.

  • Dr. Tejaswini Patil, Federation University, Australia.

  • Dr. S. Gamlath, Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

  • Prof. Mizanur R. Miah, Head, Department of Social Work, Valdosta State University, USA. 

  • Prof. Bong Joo Lee, Dean & Professor of Social Welfare, Seoul National University, South Korea.

  • Dr. Sirojudin Abbas, Ph.D., Secretary, ICSDAP, Program Director and Researcher, Saiful Mujani Research and Consulting, Jakarta, Indonesia.

  • Prof. Miyuki Inaba, Board Member, ICSDAP & Professor, Faculty of Arts and Science, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. 

  • Dr. Prachanda Pradhan, Patron, Farmer Managed Irrigation Systems Promotion Trust, Nepal.​


National Advisory Committee:

  1. Prof. Rapeepan Kamhom, Dean, Faculty of Social Administration (FSA), Thammasat University, Thailand.

  2. Asst. Prof. Dr. Nitinant Wisaweisuan, Dean of Pridi Banomyong International College (PBIC), Thammasat University.

  3. Asst. Prof. Dr. Prapaporn Tivayanond Mongkhonvanit, Dean of School of Global Studies (SGS), Thammasat University.

  4. World Health Organization (WHO), Based in Bangkok.

  5. Representative from the Community Organizations Development Institute (public organization), Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, Thailand.

  6. Representative from the National Health Security Office, Ministry of Public Health.


Organizing Committee:

  1. Dr. Soontorn koonchaimang, Vice Dean for Public Relations and Social Engagement, Puey Ungphakorn School of Development Studies (PSDS), Thammasat University.

  2. Asst. Prof. Dr. Puchong Senanuch, Vice Dean for Academic and International Affairs, Faculty of Social Administration (FSA), Thammasat University.

  3. Dr. Dipendra K C, Asst. Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Global Studies, Thammasat University.

  4. Asst. Prof. Dr. Supreedee Rittironk, Vice Dean for Research and International Affairs, Pridi Banomyong International College (PBIC), Thammasat University.


Key Contacts

                      Conference Co-coordinator                                                     Conference Co-coordinator

Professor Asok Kumar Sarkar, Ph.D                                         Asst. Prof. Jitti Mongkolnchaiarunya, Ph.D

Chairperson, ICSDAP                                                               Dean, Puey Ungphakorn School of

Principal, Institute of Rural Reconstruction,                            Development Studies (PSDS)

Visva-Bharati, Sriniketan, WB, India.                                       Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand                 

Mobile: +91 9434001807, +91 8670799172                             Mobile: +66 81 8745778

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