CALL FOR PAPERS – 17th IRSA International Conference

The Indonesian Regional Science Association (IRSA) in collaboration with Universitas Mataram invite scholars, practitioners, and students to submit papers to be presented in the 17th IRSA International Conference. The theme of the conference is COVID-19 Disruption and Regional Development in Small Island Economies, and it will be held in Mataram, Lombok Island, West Nusa Tenggara on 18-19 July 2022.

Potential topics to be discussed in the conference include, but not limited to:

  1. Social and economic impact of COVID-19
  2. Regional Government Policy in dealing with COVID-19
  3. SMEs development during the pandemic
  4. Economic disruption
  5. Health, human resources, and small island communities
  6. Food security and malnutrition in small island communities
  7. Livelihood, poverty, and regional disparity in small island communities
  8. Tourism and creative industries in small islands
  9. Economic digitalization
  10. Local government innovation and governance
  11. Trade, investment, and economic growth

Extended paper abstract of about 500 words should be submitted online by 18 April 2022 via

Abstract should consist of background, data and methodology, potential contributions, and keywords. Abstracts must be submitted in English, as also the full paper.

Paper sessions are seminar-style for each paper and ample time for discussion and for participants to provide constructive feedback to authors. Paper presentations will be in English.

Important Dates

4 Dec 2021     : Call for Paper
15 Jan 2022    : Abstract Submission Opening
18 Apr 2022     : Abstract Submission Deadline
1 May 2022     : Early Bird Registration Open
1 May 2022     : Notification of Abstract Acceptance
1 Jun 2022      : Early Bird Registration End
15 Jun 2022        : Full Paper Submission Deadline
15 Jun 2022        : Paper Presenter Registration Deadline
4 Jul 2022           : Non-Presenter Registration Deadline
16-17 Jul 2022  : Pre-conference training
18-19 Jul 2022  : Conference Date

Conference Secretariat:
Faculty of Economics and Business
Universitas Mataram
Mataram City, Lombok Island
West Nusa Tenggara 33125 Indonesia
Phone: +62 818 03673168 or +62 819 37749197
Email: mansurafifi[at] or diswandi[at]

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IRSA Awards

IRSA would like to congratulate the following recipients of the 2021 IRSA BKF Paper Awards

  1. “Healthcare for the Poor: An Impact Evaluation of PBI JKN Social Health Insurance on Healthcare Utilization” by Mochamad Thoriq Akbar (Universitas Padjadjaran), Ekki Syamsulhakim (Universitas Padjadjaran), Agung Setiawan (TNP2K), Adiatma Yudistira Manogar Siregar (Universitas Padjadjaran) 
  2. “The Impact of Pandemic Covid-19 to the Dynamics Employment Situation in Indonesia” by I Gede Heprin Prayasta (BPS & Universitas Udayana), Ketut Ksama Putra (BPS & Universitas Udayana), I Putu Ryan Brayoga (Universitas Udayana) 
  3. “Local Budget Resilience in Times of Covid-19 Crisis: Evidence from Indonesia” by  Nauli Aisyiyah Desdiani (Universitas Indonesia), Syahda Sabrina (Universitas Indonesia), Meila Husna (Universitas Indonesia), Amalia Cesarina (Universitas Indonesia), Fachry Abdul Razak (Universitas Indonesia) 

IRSA would like also to congratulate the following recipients of the 2021 IRSA-Local Government Innovation Research Support

Catur Sugiyanto (Universitas Gadjah Mada), Dion Saputra Arbi (Universitas Gadjah Mada), Ahmad Syahrul Fauzi (Universitas Gadjah Mada) for “The Productivity of Urban Farming and Its Role in Supporting Food Security during Pandemic Covid-19 in the City of Yogyakarta”

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RESEARCH SUPPORT: 2021 IRSA-Local Government Innovation Research Support on Local Institution and Human Capital


Seminar Poster, click to enlarge.

Despite two decades of decentralization, disparity in inter-regional development remains abundant and prevalent. Moreover, intra-regional disparity reflected in the inequality between different population groups has reached an unprecedented level in Indonesian history. One root cause includes the inability of some local governments to strengthen their local institutions and unequal access to improvements in human capital through quality of education and health services. Strengthening local institutions and improving local human capital has been the responsibility of the state, which has been decentralized to local governments. In order to optimally exercise this decentralization, local governments need to be innovative in the ways they reform their institutions and provide education, learning and health services in their regions.

Although in many cities, districts and provinces, we are beginning to see innovative approaches to development, they are still insufficiently few. The understanding of conditions under which such innovations occur is empirically limited. We need evidence of lessons learned so success in certain areas can be replicated.

Research Support

As an initiative to increase knowledge about how and why such innovative approaches by local governments improve local institutions and human capital, the IRSA-Local Government Innovation program supports research in this area. The support is in the form of small research grants of Rp. 25,000,000 for any good quality research that can potentially produce new knowledge of local government innovation in Indonesia.

Research topics

Specific research topics can be, but are not limited to, the following:

  • What is the role of the local environment in helping local governments create innovative ways to strengthen local institution and human capital?
  • What are the impacts of innovations in local public services delivery on human development outcomes?
  • Have democratization and decentralization strengthened local institutions and produced innovative local/regional development actors, including political leaders?
  • To what extent do local institution, political leaders or public figures play a role in the innovation of public services delivery in the regions/localities?
  • To what extent can bureaucracy be transformed to create innovation in public services delivery in the regions/localities?
  • Are there any examples of best practice in the regions/localities related to local government innovations that can be replicated in other areas?

Who can apply?

Indonesian researchers in any science discipline who are willing to present their research findings at the 16th IRSA virtual conference on 12-13 July 2021.


  • Deadline of proposal submissions: 15 March 2021
  • Notification of the winner: 15 April 2021
  • Presentation of the findings: 12-13 July 2021
  • Final paper submissions: 31 August 2021

Submission The proposal needs to be made via the following downloadable form ( and submitted via email to heriyaldi(at) and cc to dede_gsu02(at)

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Book launch: Disasters and Regional Development in Indonesia

Date: Thursday, 3 September 2020

Time: 10 – 11:30 am WIB

Join via Zoom (registration required):


  • Introduction by moderator: Cut Dewi (Director, ICAIOS, and Lecturer, Universitas Syiah Kuala)
  • Launch: Arief A. Yusuf (President, Indonesian Regional Science Association, and Professor, Universitas Padjadjaran)
  • Presentation by authors:
    1. The impact of disaster on mental health: the case of the 2006 Yogyakarta earthquake,
      Mustika Septiyas Trisilia, Catur Sugiyanto and Diana Setiyawati (Universitas Gadjah Mada)
    2. Comparative analysis of healthcare service quality across regions in Indonesia,
      Muhammad Mulia, Amirusholihin and Edy Purwanto (SurveyMeter)
  • Discussant: Bernadette Robiani (Professor, Universitas Sriwijaya)
  • Q & A
  • Closing by moderator: Cut Dewi

Join via YouTube (no registration):

Download event poster here.

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