International Conference on Socio-Political Entrepreneurship

  • 10 Jan 2017

Policy and Practices toward Asian Centrality

1. Overview

In response to dynamic social and political exchanges among international society, citizens, states, and civil society require more insights to facilitate the exchanges with improved knowledge and policies. This often entails the need of more research-based innovations and other social initiatives to bridge the need of its transformation toward prosperity and peace. Dialogues to achieve prosperity and peace often marginalize the importance of social and political transformation as the ultimate form of an enhanced civilization, compared to those of economic and security ones. Therefore, there are urges to uplift its importance after widening critics of global market failures and growing violations of security approaches in 21st century.

This century is often praised with "Asian Century" as emerging powers and economies like China, India and ASEAN relatively survived the economic turbulence in 2008-2009. Its growing population exceeds any other continents, as it provides many cultural, labor, and market potentials to support the recovery of global economy. However, Asia also home to various conflicts, governance and democracy lag among regions, as well as many human development issues which need to be addressed with global initiatives and cooperation schemes.

Socio-political entrepreneurship surfaces as a trending discussion among academics and policymakers to answer the above challenges. Studies explain that social entrepreneurship should be understood as not only to solve immediate problems bat also retort the gap of the larger social system and its interdependencies, so that the introduction of new paradigms at critical leverage points can lead to cascades of mutually-reinforcing changes that create and sustain transformed social arrangements (Alvord, Brown, and Letts, 2002).

While political entrepreneurship differs very closely from political brokerage within political space, it is still paramount in managing powers and relations among actors and decision makers. Political agencies and structures need to have an instrumental impact on policy changes, emphasizing on political transformation in social network rather than brokerage (Christopoulos and Ingold, 2011)

Universitas Brawijaya has positioned itself as an emerging hub of social and political discourses in Indonesia with its uniqueness in its certain competitive fields, as well as its strategic geographical location in industrialized East Java. Upon facing the challenges and discourses above, the University develops more studies, majors, departments and faculties to expand the studies. Built by its vision as an entrepreneur university in Indonesia, Universitas Brawijaya offers its socio-political expertise to public particularly in sub-national and national levels. In its 54th anniversary, the University would like to once again assert its vision on entrepreneurship.

To disseminate and expand the familiarity about socio-political entrepreneurship in the Asian Centrality context, Universitas Brawijaya would also like to gather all academics, government policymakers, executives, NGOs workers, media workers and all relevant stakeholders to discuss further about the socio-entrepreneurship insights, policy, and practices in a peer-reviewed, acknowledged, and ideas-connecting forum.

2. Program Description

This conference would be conducted in an academic manner, by engaging in several series of events:

a.    Call For Paper
•    Abstract submission,
•    Selected abstracts acceptance,
•    Full papers submission and acceptance of selected papers,
•    Oral Presentation,
•    Final revised paper review (to be included in Special Edition Journal)

b. Seminar
Keynote speakers meetings and open discussion from invited international institutions and foreign governments.

1.    Prof Yuzuru Shimada, Graduate School of International Development Nagoya
2.    Prof. Peter Chang, Taipei Medical University
3.    Ron Bridget Vilog, Ph.D., International Studies Department, De La Salle University, Manila
4.    Dr. dr. Nur Ain Shahrier, The National University of Malaysia

Proposed Schedule:
a. Deadline of abstracts acceptance : 15 January 2017
b. Deadline of Full paper submission : 1 February 2017
c. Conference : 14-15 February 2017

3. Objectives

This academic event would like to engage its participants in a heartwarming forum, connecting networks, and linking all stakeholders to foster further cooperation. Expected outcomes of the events are:
a. Conference proceedings
b. Special edition joumal (from the selected and invited papers)
c. Cooperation initiatives among publishers and press

4. Conference Themes

a. Communication : Media, Communication and Public Relations
b. Community Development : Micro, small and medium enterprises (SME)
c. Psychology: Consumer Behaviour, media psychology, tourism psychology, cyber-psychology
d. International Relations : Regional Policy in Strategy of SME in Asia, Regional Governance in Asia
e. Economy : Business and Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR)
f. Health : National health policy in Asian countries in developing information system and cooperation
g. Agribusiness : Empowerment Local Market Players and Diversity of Local Varieties
h. Culture : Popular Culture and national or regional identity
i. Politics and Government : Role of Government Regulation to Protect Intellectual Property Right of Local SME
j. Governance : Global Environment governance, Environmental Social Movements and Networks
k. Environment : Policy on Low Carbon Economy in Asia, Natural Resource Sharing Policy in Asia
l. Gender : Gender Mainstreaming Policy on Asian Governance
m. Disability: Disability Networking and Issue Framing in Asia,

5. Participants

Participants of this seminar are academics, students, invited government institutions, invited private sectors, and others who are interested in this theme.

6. Time and Venue

This international conference will be held on 14-15 February 2017 in Gedung Widyaloka, at Brawijaya University, Jl. Veteran, Malang, Jawa Timur, Indonesia.

7. Contact

1. Contact Person:
Eva Wishanti
Mobile: +62 878 8863 9308,
Email: ,

2. Secretariat:
Asih Purwanti,
Mobile : +62 813 9319 1904,
email: ,
Faculty of Social and Political Sciences,
Universitas Brawijaya,
Phone: +62-341-575755
Fax: +62-341-570038