International Virtual Conference on

Emerging Research in

Politics, Development, and Human Rights

12-13 July 2021


Online via Zoom

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COVID-19 increased our vulnerabilities and exposed protracted challenges faced by peoples from all walks of life, particularly in the global south. It exacerbated recurring social, economic and political emergencies. These include democratic backsliding, increasing militarization, heightening inequalities, increasing marginalization of vulnerable groups, and the rise of authoritarianism and populism. These have directly impacted ways that knowledge is problematized, produced, disseminated and discussed, particularly in fragile states and societies. We are also witnessing shrinking spaces for dissent, academic freedom and activism.

It is crucial now, more than ever, that we are able to facilitate research and discourse on the above-mentioned issues. The international virtual conference on emerging research in politics, development, and human rights aims to provide a platform for scholars, researchers and graduate students to contribute to knowledge that not only captures our current lived experiences but also points out possible ways forward in making our societies just, peaceful, sustainable, and rights-embracing.

Key dates

10 Jun 2021

Abstract submission deadline

17 June 2021

Confirmation of abstracts accepted for conference

04 Jul 2021

Deadline for submission of conference paper

12-13 Jul 2021

Conference date

01 Aug 2021

Submission of final conference papers

30 Aug 2021

Publication of conference proceedings

Please note that the above-mentioned dates may be subject to change without prior notice based on conditions associated with the pandemic.

Conference sub-themes


While the conference revolves around the major themes of politics, development, and human rights, the conference papers will focus on, but will not be limited to, the following sub-themes:

        • Borders, migration, mobility, migration, and displacement
        • Democracy, authoritarianism, populism
        • Disaster risk, vulnerability, management, resilience, and sustainability
        • Economics, poverty, wealth distribution, resource governance
        • Environment, green politics, and green economy
        • Extremism, ultra-nationalism, statism
        • Freedom of thought and academic freedom
        • Gender and sexuality
        • Governance: Global, regional, national, local, public, private
        • Human rights and fundamental freedoms
        • Impacts of Covid-19 and health emergencies on states and societies
        • Media, information, communications and digital politics
        • Peace and conflict
        • Political economy, neoliberalism, and globalization
        • Security studies: classic and non-traditional
        • Youth and Children’s Rights and Movements

Additional sub-themes may be added depending on the papers accepted for the conference. Panel discussions, paper presentations and discussions, and rooms will be grouped via the above-mentioned themes.

Conference Organizers

Global Campus of Human Rights Asia Pacific

Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University

MA International Development Studies (MAIDS), Chulalongkorn University

Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD), Chiang Mai University

MA International Development, Mae Fah Luang University

Master of Political Science in International Relations (MIR), Thammasat University

School of Global Studies (SGS), Thammasat University

Gender and Development Studies, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)

Strengthening Human Rights and Peace Research and Education in ASEAN/Southeast Asia Programme (SHAPE-SEA)

Conference Format

Given the constraints presented by the pandemic, the conference will be held via Zoom. All sessions will be accessible online. STay tuned for registration details. 

 There is no fee to present your paper at this conference. Due to logistical constraints, the number of papers to be presented will be limited to 80. Priority will be given to graduate students from the co-organizing programs who are required to present papers to fulfill their graduation requirements.

The conference will run for 1.5 days. Each paper will be allotted 15 minutes each for presentation and discussion.


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Full paper submission guidelines

1. Papers will be ideally between 3000 to 4000 words long (including references).

2. Papers will be 1.5 spaced, will use either Times New Roman, Arial, or Calibri 12pt font size, and will have margins of 1″ on all sides. 

3. Please use APA or Harvard citation format.