Will be held on July 18-⁠19, 2022 at Mataram, Lombok Island, Indonesia

The 17th IRSA International Conference.

Welcome to the 17th Indonesian Regional Science Association (IRSA) International Conference. This annual conference will be held (in-person) on 18-19 July 2022 in the City of Mataram, Lombok Island, and is hosted by the Faculty of Economics and Business at Universitas Mataram in collaboration with IRSA. Universitas Mataram is the main public university in the West Nusa Tenggara Province, and it has played an important role in promoting research and education in Indonesia. The theme of this year’s IRSA conference is COVID-19 Disruption and Regional Development in Small Island Economies.

The Conference

This conference is IRSA’s main annual event that promotes the advancement of research across the country. The conference will facilitate open discussions and debates, transfer of knowledge, strategies for policy formulation, and networking amongst scholars and policymakers. Each year since its establishment, the IRSA annual conference has been attended by a large number of academics and policymakers from numerous Indonesian institutions. IRSA has also created a large network of academics and policymakers who are concerned with issues of regional development. This network has now reached a critical mass that can play a major role not only in the academic arena through research and publications but also contribute to the evidence-based regional development policies nationally, regionally, and locally.

The Location

Lombok Island

West Nusa Tenggara Province



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 via by 18 April 2022.

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.


04 Dec 2021              : Call for Paper

15 Jan 2022                : Abstract Submission Opening

18 Apr 2022               : Abstract Submission Deadline

01 May 2022              : Early Bird Registration Open

01 May 2022              : Notification of Abstract Acceptance

01 Jun 2022               : Early Bird Registration End

15 Jun 2022              : Full Paper Submission Deadline

15 Jun 2022              : Paper Presenter Registration Deadline

04 Jul 2022                 : Non-Presenter Registration Deadline

16-17 Jul 2022           : Pre-conference training

18-19 Jul 2022           : Conference Date



For the detailed agenda of parallel sessions, please go to your conftool account. The tentative parallel session agenda can be seen from here.

Pre-Conference Workshop: 16 – 17 July 2022

08.00 – 08.30 Pre-Conference Registration
08.30 – 17.00 Pre-Conference Workshop (2 days)
Evaluating Social Programs through conducting Randomized Evaluation by J-PAL Southeast Asia
Economy-wide Approaches to Policy Impact Evaluations: A Course for Beginners by Faculty of Economics and Business-Universitas Indonesia

Day 1: 18 July 2022

08.00 – 08.30 Conference Registration
08.30 – 09.00 Opening Ceremony
09.00 – 10.00 Keynote Address
Professor John Gibson (University of Waikato) (on-line presentation)
10.00 – 10.15 Tea break
10.15 – 12.15 Parallel Session I (4 speakers per session)
12.15 – 13.15 Lunch Break
13.15 – 14.45 Parallel Session II (3 speakers per session)
14.45 – 15.00 Tea break
15.00 – 16.30 Plenary Session I
Professor Alessandra Faggian (Gran Sasso Science Institute) (on-line presentation)
Professor Fukunari Kimura (ERIA)
16.30 – 18.30 Parallel Session III (4 speakers per session)
19.00-end: Gala Dinner

Day 2: 19 July 2022

07.30 – 08.15 Breakfast Together and Conference Registration
08.15 – 09.30 Book Discussion: Periphery and Small Ones Matter
Professor Iwan J. Azis (Cornell University)
09.30 – 11.00 Parallel Session IV (3 speakers per session)
11.00 – 11.15 Tea break
11.15 – 12.45 Parallel Session V (3 speakers per session)
12.45 – 13.45 Lunch Break
13.45 – 15.45 Parallel Session VI (4 speakers per session)
15.45-16.00 Tea Break
16.00 – 17.30 Plenary Session II
Dr. Amalia A. Widyasanti (BAPPENAS)
Dr. Ida Aju (Daju) Resosudarmo (ANU)
17.30 – 18.00 Closing Ceremony



Iwan Jaya Azis


Alessandra Faggian


Amalia A. Widyasanti


Fukunari Kimura


Ida Aju (Daju) Resosudarmo


John Gibson


The 17th Indonesian Regional Science Association (IRSA) International Conference will be held in:

Jalan Raya Senggigi
Lombok Island
West Nusa Tenggara Province

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Please note that you have to book your own hotel. The conference committee will not help book a room for you. However, there are plenty of hotels nearby with varying room rates.  Among them are:

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