September 16-20, 2018


Sofitel Nusa Dua Bali, Indonesia

Main Theme

Public Administration in Managing Global Megatrends: People, Public Services, Institutions, and Ethics


The National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA), Indonesia

About the conference

Recently, many research institutions released reports on the main forces that drive the future of the world, namely the global megatrends. Some of these significant forces include the growth of technology, climate change, ageing population, urbanization, and shifts in economic power. In private sector, it is argued that the global megatrends have opened the way for the fourth industrial revolution. The trends have changed the way business people behave and build strategies. Governments and other public sector actors across the globe have also responded to the trends, either by riding the opportunities provided by the trends or by mitigating the risks that follow. Their responds include, to name some, changes in the way government manages its civil service, innovative approaches in the delivery of public services, shifts in governance institutions, and reinvention of public sector ethics.

The National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA, also known as LAN) as the host for the EROPA Conference 2018 invites professionals, scholars and practitioners, graduate students and researchers in the Asia-Pacific and beyond to present their research, insights, and experiences on public administration and its contribution to manage the global megatrends.

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Important Dates

8 February 2018

Call for papers starts

9 June 2018

Deadline of abstract submission

30 June 2018

Announcement of accepted abstracts

16 July 2018

Deadline of full paper submission

16 August 2018

Deadline of online registration

Conference Themes and Subthemes

All papers presented at the conference will be published in a conference proceeding by recognised publisher and indexed. Selected papers will have a chance to be published in the EROPA’s Asian Review of Public Administration (ARPA) and other indexed journals. EROPA also provides Carlos P. Ramos Award for best conference paper.

Theme A
People: New Approaches in Human Resource Management in the Public Sector

The dual pressure of globalization and localism forces government in developing countries to better understand the needs of their citizens and potential tensions in the society. Socio- cultural awareness, thus, had become a necessity for everyone working in the public sector. Meanwhile, the rapid development of technology must also be accompanied by development of human resource management in the public sector.

Sub-themes for this session include:
1. Enhancing human resource capacity to promote innovation
2. Integrated human resource management strategies for public sector
3. Policies and Instruments in human resource development
4. Maintaining employee engagement and motivation in times of rapid change

Theme B
Public Services: Challenges and Strategies for Delivering Better Public Services

Asia’s population is growing old and projected to reach as many as 923 million by the middle of the 21st century. The number of population that once was a great modality of development will soon become liabilities when their access for basic services becomes poor. Meanwhile, more and more people are moving from rural to urban areas. Almost 200 million of them have gone to urbanized areas during the first decade of the century. Meanwhile, governments across the world are catching up with the rapid growth of technology through invention and innovation in the delivery of public services.

This session will discuss the following sub-themes:
1. Innovation in public services delivery to cope with the megatrends
2. Policies on eradicating poverty and inequalities
3. Strategies to build an e-services: Experiences and lessons
4. Public services delivery in the era of sustainable development

Theme C
Institutions: Refining Governance Institutions for the Future

Knowledge-based economy needs knowledge-based approach to governance. Utilization of evidence-based policymaking, open government system, and e-governance is more important today than ever. Technological growth has helped Asia-Pacific countries survive the last two economic crises. Startups and tech billionaires grow rapidly in number. People become more aware of the strengths and weaknesses of their government. Governments have to equip their employees with capacities to master these concepts. In the near future, some of the known positions in government bureaucracy could be replaced by artificial intelligence.

The session will tackle the following sub-themes:
1. Building social capital and social trust between government and the citizens
2. Governance approaches and sustainable development
3. Developing knowledge-to-policy and evidence-based policy
4. Strengthening public-private society partnerships to address common challenges

Theme D
Ethics: Redefining Public Service Ethics

The growing importance of social media has changed the way people, including civil servants, interact and voice their concerns. Is social media a private or a public sphere? How much freedom should government provide for civil servants to voice their concern through their social media accounts? Governments today have to deal with competing, wicked problems. Environmental degradation, economic crises, and demographic changes, to name some, have changed the way bureaucrats interact with politicians as well as with citizens. Do common public service ethics still matter?

The session will tackle the following sub-themes:
1. Managing integrity in the public sector
2. Shall we expand or limit public service discretionary power?
3. Lessons in the implementation of values-based governance
4. Contemporary public service values in the era of social media

Paper Submission Guidelines

1) Paper presenters should submit papers that are relevant to the themes and sub-themes of the conference. Papers on practical, real cases and experiences are encouraged to ensure that they are helpful to practitioners’ decision making.

2) All papers should be written and presented in English.

3) Paper presenters should first submit a 200-word abstract before they can be invited to submit their full paper. A biographical sketch of not more than 100 words should also be attached as well as author(s) consideration of the relevance of the paper with one of the themes. Decision upon the latter is under the responsibility of EROPA Secretariat and the Conference Organizing Committee.

4) Paper presenters who have been notified by the Organizing Committee to submit their full paper and Powerpoint presentations should do so on or before the given deadlines. The paper should be from 6,000 to 8,000 words long, inclusive of notes and references, and should be typed double-spaced on A4-sized paper using the Times New Roman font, sized 12 pt. If necessary, the paper should include figures, graphs and tables.

5) Papers should be organized according to the following sequence: title of paper, name of author/s, abstract, main text, references and appendices (if needed).

6) Papers should also include a cover page with the following information: title of paper, sub-theme, institution or agency, country and contact information, as well as logistical support needed (e.g. additional computer unit, laser pointer, etc.).

7) References and citation should follow the APA style. Please visit for more information on the APA citation format.

8) Each paper presenter is allowed a maximum of 10 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for answering questions from the audience.

9) The Asian Review of Public Administration (ARPA) will consider quality papers on important and internationally relevant developments on public administration in the Asia-Pacific region. Paper presenters who wish to have their papers considered for publication in the journal must adhere to the journal style guidelines set forth by the ARPA Editorial Board.

Event Schedule

Starting 13.30


14.30 - 17:30

EROPA Executive Council Meeting

18:30 - 20:00

EROPA Executive Council Dinner

09:00 - 10:00

Opening Ceremony

Welcome Speeches in Opening Ceremony:
1. Governor of Bali
2. Dr. Adi Suryanto (Chairman of LAN)
3. Dr. Orlando Mercado (EROPA Secretary-General)
4. Dr. Asman Abnur (Minister for Administrative Reform)

10.00 - 10.15

Photo Session

10.15 - 10.30

Coffee Break

10.30 - 12.30

Plenary Session 1

Public Administration and Global Megatrends
Speakers (tbc):
1. Professor Pratikno (Minister of State Secretariat, Indonesia)
2. Professor Pan Suk Kim (Minister of Personnel Management, RoK)
3. Professor Kishore Mahbubani (NUS, Singapore)
4. Professor Eko Prasojo (Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia)

Chair: Dr. Muhammad Taufiq (LAN, Indonesia)

12.30 - 13.30

Lunch Break

13.30 - 15.30

Parallel Sessions ABCD - 1

15.30 - 15.45

Coffee Break

15:45 - 17:15

Parallel Sessions ABCD - 2

19:00 - 21:00

Welcome Dinner

08:30 - 10:30

Asian Leadership Forum

“Phronetic Leadership in Responding Global Megatrends”
Speakers (tbc):
1. Ms. Yuriko Koike (Mayor of Tokyo, Jepang)
2. Professor Anies Baswedan (Governor of Jakarta, Indonesia)
3. Ms. Alicia de la Rosa-Bala (Chairperson of the CSC, Philippines)
4. President of Korean Institute of Public Administration (RoK)

Moderator: Professor Akira Nakamura (Meiji University, Japan)

10:30 - 10:45

Coffee Break

10:45 - 12:15

Parallel Sessions ABCD - 3

12:15 - 13:15

Lunch Break

13:15 - 15:15

Parallel Sessions ABCD - 4

15:15 - 15:30

Coffee Break

15:30 - 17:00

Parallel Sessions ABCD - 5

19:00 - 21:00

Gala Dinner

08:30 - 10:00

Parallel Sessions ABCD - 6

10:00 - 10:30

Coffee Break

10:30 - 12:30

Special Session on ASEAN Public Administration Network

Speakers (tbc):
1. Retno L. P. Marsudi (Minister of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia)
2. Dr. Adi Suryanto (Chairman of LAN, Indonesia)
3. Dr. Pradit Wanarat (President of NIDA, Thailand)
4. Dr. Dang Xuan Hoan (President of NAPA, Vietnam)

Moderator: Dr. Makhdum Priyatno (LAN, Indonesia)

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch Break

13:30 - 15:00

Closing Ceremony

08:30 - 15:30



The EROPA Conference 2018 will be held in Sofitel Nusa Dua Bali. Also known as the Island of Gods, Bali is a province-island in Indonesia and arguably the most popular one. Bali has many tourism sites, including mountains, paddy fields, and of course beaches. Rich in cultural symbols and activities, Bali’s cultural performance is widely recognized as one of the best in the world. It is also home to important multinational agreements such as Bali Concord I, II, and III of the ASEAN and Bali Road Map of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport, serves flights to and from dozenscountries including Australia (Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney), Brunei Darussalam, China (Guangzhou, Chengdu, Jinan, Kunming, Nanjing, Changsha, Wuhan, Wuxi) Hong Kong, Japan (Tokyo and Osaka), South Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Chinese Taipe, Thailand, Timor Leste, and United Arab Emirates. It is located just a couple of miles away from the city. It takes 45 minutes driving from the airport to the conference venue. The committee will provide shuttle buses to/from airport and recommended hotels and venue during conference period.

About The Host

The National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA/LAN)

NIPA is a government's non-ministerial agency that is responsible for developing and managing trainings and development for Indonesian civil service, as well as nurturing knowledge to policymaking and innovation in Indonesian public administration. The agency is founded in 1957 and has taken part in shaping the practices of Indonesian public administration since then. It is also one of EROPA’s founding institutional members.

Indonesia and EROPA

Indonesia became a state member of EROPA since May 8, 1971. Indonesia hosted EROPA General Assembly and Conference in 1977, 1981, and 2012. The country is now set to host the EROPA Conference 2018.

Dr. Muhammad Taufiq (The National Institute of Public Administration)

Professor Alex B. Brillantes, Jr. (University of the Philippines)

Professor Akira Nakamura (Meiji University, Japan)

Professor Eko Prasojo (Universitas Indonesia)

Professor Agus Pramusinto (Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia)

Professor Maria Fe Villamejor-Mendoza (University of the Philipines)

Professor Wahyudi Kumorotomo (Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia)

Professor Amir Imbaruddin (The National Institute of Public Administration)

Dr. Tri Widodo Wahyu Utomo (The National Institute of Public Administration)

Dr. Basseng (The National Institute of Public Administration)

Dr. Orlando S. Mercado (University of the Philippines)

Dr. Makhdum Priyatno (The National Institute of Public Administration)

Dr. Ambar Widaningrum (Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia)

Dr. Yogi Suwarno (The National Institute of Public Administration)

Dr. Meita Ahadiyati K. Siregar (The National Institute of Public Administration)

Dr. Budi Setiyono (Universitas Diponegoro, Indonesia)

Suwatin (The National Institute of Public Administration)



Bali is home to more than 2,000 hotels ranging from budget to luxurious options. We will provide information on several recommended accommodation for participants that are close to the conference venue. Please keep yourself updated by visiting our conference website ( regularly.

VISA Assistance

Depending on your citizenship, you may need to secure a visa before traveling to Indonesia. However, some countries are permitted to enter without a visa according to visa-exemption agreements or apply for a visa on arrival. Please visit the Indonesian Visa Portal in order to see detailed information for your visa application.
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