AMEPPA Conference 2021

HBKU website for AMEPPA, click here

For details in Arabic, click here.

Submit your Paper Abstract by September 30th 2021.

This year’s conference posits three assumptions for debate. First, public administration, public policy, and public management best practices, theories, and applications are neither exclusively created by nor bound to the West. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) along with South Asia and the Caucuses have unique and important epistemological, ontological, methodological, and pedagogical traditions. Such traditions are bound to the histories of each region and their cross currents of culture, place, and understanding. 

Second, there is an unfortunate and all too common unidirectional interaction of the “West” with each region and its countries. But such interactions are not all that matter. International, regional, comparative, and development-focused public policies and public administration also engage each other. Lessons learned may arise from uneven socioeconomic developments within our region, the interaction of South Asia and the Caucasus region with the MENA region, and ever-evolving constellations of public policy power and influence within and across our region.  

Third, there may be common concepts, theories, and ideas that translate globally as well as unique concepts specific to MENA and the Arab world that explain its public policy and public administration. Articulation of such concepts, placing our analytical understanding within regional and global contexts, and furthering a unique Arab public policy and administration matters. Such ideas and concepts may link the state with non-government organizations, foundations, universities, and think-tanks along with sectors like the environment, social policy, education, health, and so on. 

Each assumption and its practice may link to modern events or shifts like COVID-19, climate change, refugee and humanitarian crises, social media, artificial intelligence, and the changing demographics and socioeconomic features of the MENA region and its near neighbors. 

Welcomed Abstract Proposals

A. Papers on the Conference Theme: Understanding History, Negotiating Policy and Administration, and Moving Forward

  1. Intersection of ethics, culture, and/or socioeconomic influences with public administration and public policy.
  2. Spaces of public policy, policy behavior, and/or public service provision, balancing local legacies and global expectations.
  3. New interactions among pandemics, crisis management, climate change, migration, social media, artificial intelligence, cryptocurrencies, and/or more with public administration and public policy within the region.

B. Papers in Public Administration and Public Policy

  1. Interaction of concepts like policy design, policy transfer, representative bureaucracy, collaborative governance, good governance, accountability, and/or many more with the cultural and state traditions of public administration and public policy. 
  2. Actors like the administrative state, non-government organizations, foundations, universities, and think-tanks along with sectors like the environment, social policy, education, health, among others coexisting within dynamic MENA, South Asian, and Caucasus regions.
  3. Pedagogy and its evolving methods, expectations, and practices.

C. Papers with Global and Regional Policy and/or International Development Policy

  1. Recalling the trade routes of the past from the Indian Ocean to the Middle East and North Africa. How have those trading routes changed, what are the implications of China’s “Silk Road”, new geopolitics within and across sub-regions in the Middle East and Asia, and how does modern public policy and administration reflect or differentiate from that past? 
  2. How should (and how do) modern regional and international organizations (e.g., Islamic Development Bank, OPEC, Gulf Cooperation Council, among others) shape and influence domestic public policy and administration within our region?
  3. The (non-)impacts of sanctions regimes, behaviors, interactions with public policy and public administration, and crisis management (health, environment, others) in the region.

Abstracts (in English or Arabic) should be no more than 500 words. It should include your paper title and authors/affiliations. Submit your abstract to Ms. Ayah M. Deif at Please put “AMEPPA Abstract” in your email subject line.   

The College of Public Policy intends a face-to-face AMEPPA 2021 conference. Periodic travel entry updates will be shared with authors who submit an abstract for conference consideration. 

Abstract Decisions will be sent by October 30th 2021.

Fees and Costs

  • Registration Fee: Waived for AMEPPA conference attendees.
  • Hotel and Travel Costs: Attendees are responsible for their own airfare, local transport, and hotel costs. Hotel and dormitory options at various price points will be shared at a later date. 

AMEPPA Conference Committee: 

  • Kim Moloney, Ph.D., AMEPPA Conference Chair, HBKU, Qatar
  • Darryl S.L. Jarvis, Ph.D., Professor, College of Public Policy, HBKU, Qatar
  • Anis Ben Brik, Ph.D., Associate Professor, College of Public Policy, HBKU, Qatar
  • Ozcan Ozturk, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, College of Public Policy, HBKU, Qatar
  • Ex-Officio Member – Rabia Naguib, Ph.D., AMEPPA Vice President, Doha Institute, Qatar