Sustainable Development Efforts in Times of Crises
9th ICSD Asia Pacific Biannual Conference

ICSD AP Branch & School of Global Studies,

Thammasat University, Thailand

On November 29 - December 1, 2022 (Tuesday - Thursday)



     COVID-19 is an unprecedent health crises the humanity faced. It had an unprecedented economic and social impact on the lives of people globally. In Asia alone, the crises resulted in 1.43 million reported deaths[1], an approximate 6.0 – 9.5 percent loss in GDP in 2020 and about 3.6 – 6.3 percent decline in regional economy in 2021[2]. This contraction in economy has resulted in a loss of over 9.3 million jobs and 4.7 million people have been pushed to poverty[3]. Post pandemic world and road to recovery is also facing a rocky path due to the impact of Russia and Ukraine war and subsequent hike in fuel prices. The turbulences and climate change has exacerbated the challenge of achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Recent reports demonstrate that economies in the Asia Pacific are lagging behind in achieving a range of sustainable development goals and building inclusive societies, with the current rate of change, none of the SDGs will be achieved[4].

     Little progress has been made towards ending hunger (Goal 2), quality education (Goal 4), supporting industry, innovation, and infrastructure (Goal 9), reducing inequalities (Goal 10), building sustainable cities and communities (Goal 11), protecting life below water (Goal 14) and life on land (Goal 15), or towards supporting peace, justice and strong institutions (Goal 16). For two Goals, the situation has deteriorated. Negative trends have been registered when it comes to  supporting responsible consumption and production (Goal 12) and combating climate change (Goal 13). The disparity between progress in these domains and an improvement need on “Inclusion” suggests that infrastructure and technological advancements are not driven from the grassroots in an inclusive manner. Apart from the Inclusion goal, there is a large number of SDGs which Asia Pacific economies are not on track to achieve or they are regressing. Therefore, it is evident that current efforts to achieve the 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.

     The Ninth ICSD Asia Pacific Biennial conference provides an opportunity to  researchers, practitioners and policy makers to reflect on the role of stakeholders of development like community-based organizations, nongovernment organizations, private sector, and the government in navigating through the turbulent times Asian societies are facing. While the focus of this conference is on Asia, these problems are shared by economies beyond Asia. Hence, we invite researchers from across the globe to present their research. The hosts invite researchers – both seasoned and early career including graduate students and practitioners to submit the paper to showcase their research in different themes. We are very keen to see a wide range of papers that encompass applied research, practice research, and theoretical advances and innovative explorations in all aspects of this field.


  1. Policy and Program Responses to Crises
  2. Social Justice for All
  3. Inequality and Poverty Eradication
  4. Conflict Avoidance and Peace Settlements
  5. Digitalization and Social Development
  6. Social Innovation, Grassroots Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship
  7. Sustainable Development in Action
  8. Natural Resource Management & Climate Change Adaptation
  9. Health Security & Promotion
  10. Role of CSOs, Community in Turbulent Times
  11. Higher Education and Sustainability

Conference Details

*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).

● Abstract should indicate the problems or issues the research addresses and relating it to the literature

● Briefly outline the methodology used in the research

● Provide indication of main findings to date

● Submissions by academia, practitioners, emerging scholars, and master’s and doctoral students engaged in research are very welcome.

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

● All abstract submissions will be subject to a blind review.

● Submission of final paper shall be made after abstracts have been accepted

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

● Selected qualified papers will be considered for publishing in International Journal of Community and Social Development and an edited volume.

● Special Note on Panel Submissions: A panel submission is a proposal for a coordinated set of papers (usually 3 or 4 in number) on a particular topic or issue. Please note that panel proposals require an abstract identifying and justifying the theme of the panel as well as a full abstract for each panel paper. Panel proposals that do not include full abstracts and author information for each paper will not be considered. The person submitting the panel proposal must be willing to act as the panel coordinator and ensure that all proposed paper presenters commit to attending the conference. Please note that papers which are part of a submitted panel cannot be submitted separately as an individual submission. If the submission is submitted twice by the same author, it will be rejected.

● Deadline for Abstract submission for Conference/Panel:  August 1, – September 25, 2022

● Notification of acceptance/rejection to authors:  October 17, 2022

● Deadline for conference registration:  November 1, 2022

● Deadline for final submission of papers:  November 7, 2022

● Conference Dates: November 29 – December 1, 2022 at Thammasat University, Rangsit Campus, Pathum Thani, Thailand (close to Asian Institute of Technology – AIT)

[Note on COVID-19: The conference is planned as in-person conference. However, if the situation of the pandemic worsens, the conference will be organized either completely online or hybrid]

● The registration fee will be US$ 250 for participants from developed countries, US$ 200 for developing countries participants, and student registration is US$ 100.

● The fee will include conference materials, transportation for field visit, 4 coffee/tea breaks, 2 lunches, and 1 dinner.

● Early bird payment rate (before November 1, 2022) will get 10% discount.

  1. Paper selection & presentation (papers/articles to be presented in the conference
    must be screened by the international academic committee. The selected ones
    will be presented in suitable sessions during the first two days of conference)
  2. There will be 2 invited keynote speakers, one local and one international
  3. One or two panels might be organized if outstanding papers/articles are available
  4. There shall be one special panel during reception dinner
  5. One day field trip to different sites of highly interesting best practice cases
  6. Selected qualified papers will be considered for publishing in International
    Journal of Community and Social Development and an edited volume.

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

08.30 – 09.30 Registration [Floor 1]

09.30 – 10.30 Opening Ceremony & speech [Global Citizen Hall, 2 nd floor]                                          

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break [Common Space 2 nd floor]

11.00 – 12.30 Parallel Session A [4 th floor]

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch [Common Space 1 st floor]

13.30 – 15.00 Parallel Session B [4 th floor]

15.00 – 15.30 Coffee Break [Common Space 4 th floor]

15.30 – 17.00 Parallel Session C [4 th floor]

17.30 – 20.00 Welcome Reception & Dinner Talk [Ground floor]


Wednesday, November 30, 2022

08.30 – 09.00 Registration [Floor 1]

09.00 – 10.30 Parallel Session D [4 th Floor]

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break [Common Space, 4 th floor]

11.00 – 12.30 Parallel Session E [4 th Floor]

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch [Common Space, 4 th floor]

13.30 – 15.00 Parallel Session F [4 th floor]

15.00 – 15.30 Coffee Break [Common Space, 4 th floor]

15.30 – 17.00 Closing Speech & declaration from the conference [Global Citizen Hall, 2nd floor]


Thursday, December 1, 2022

09.00 Departure to 3 field study sites [Floor 1]

09.00 – 14.00 Field Trip  

Route A – to National Health Security Office (NHSO)
Route B – to project site supported by THPF
Route C – to project site supported by CODI

* Lunch is served at the study sites
15.00 Return to Thammasat university

9th ICSDAP Academic and Organizing Committee

Hosted By

Contact us

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

Or email us at (Professor Asok Kumar Sarkar, Ph.D
Chairperson, ICSD-AP) (Asst. Prof. Jitti Mongkolnchaiarunya, Ph.D
Director, CEIS, School of Global Studies)

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