Call for papers - 17th ICA Asia-Pacific Research Conference

08 Jun 2023
17th Research conference

17th ICA Asia-Pacific Research Conference "Cooperatives Advancing Social Responsibility for the 2030 Agenda"

4-5 November, 2023 / Manila, Philippines

(* Subject to be rescheduled should the coronavirus pandemic make it necessary force majeure)

The 17th ICA Asia-Pacific Research Conference is proposed to be held in Manila, the Philippines from 4-5 November 2023 hosted by the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP). The conference is organized by the International Cooperative Alliance Asia and Pacific (ICA-AP) Committee on Cooperative Research (CCR) and the Department of Cooperatives and Social Development at PUP to bring together academics and researchers on cooperatives in the Asia-Pacific region. Based on the situation of the coronavirus pandemic, the conference will explore using a hybrid model, combining online and physical meetings to showcase the presentation of papers and discussion.

Main theme and topics

The conference aims to address a wide range of topics from different scientific fields and traditions, including – among others:

  • Coordination between cooperatives and corporations, Government, peoples’ organizations and non-government organizations.
  • Corporate social responsibility, creating shared value, stakeholder engagement etc.
  • Policy and legal frameworks, public private partnership, enabling environment etc.
  • Governing commons through cooperatives: resources, irrigation, agriculture, fisheries etc.
  • New areas, Services and Advocacy: Health and medical care, elderly care, childcare, energy platforms, transportation, education-advocacy programs, etc.
  • Digital platforms and adoption of technology
  • Circular economy: Equity, transparency, and resilience
  • Addressing internal challenges and adapting to external conditions

The above thematic topics are NOT exclusive and shall be re-defined based on the received submissions.


Researchers interested to present their papers at the conference, need to submit an abstract of not more than 600 words that should broadly include the research question, methodology, likely contribution to the field of knowledge and relevant literature. The abstracts should be submitted in the following format:

  • Name(s) and affiliations of Authors
  • Main theme/ objective of the paper
  • Methodological and/or Conceptual approach
  • Bibliography, Keywords and Contact details for the corresponding author(s).

Poster proposals may also be sent, especially by young researchers, postgraduate and doctoral students. All abstracts should reach the conference secretariat at (cc: on or before 30th July 2023.

Important dates

  • 30th July - Deadline for abstracts' submissions
  • 20th Aug - Notification to shortlisted authors with presentation guidelines
  • 15th Sept - Deadline to register for the 17th ICA-AP Research Conference
  • 30th Sept - Deadline to register for the workshop of young scholars & early career researchers
  • 15th Oct - Deadline to send full papers and presentations
  • 4th Nov - Workshop of young scholars and early career researchers
  • 5th Nov - 17th ICA Asia-Pacific Research Conference

Scientific Committee

  • Akira Kurimoto (Hosei University, Japan)
  • Kim Ahyoung (iCOOP Institute, South Korea)
  • Sidsel Grimstrad (Griffith University, Australia)
  • Yashavantha Dongre (Chanakya University, India)
  • Hilda F. San Gabriel (Polytechnic University of the Philippines)
  • Raul R. Sebastian (Polytechnic University of the Philippines)

Organising Committee

  • Hilda San Gabriel, PUP-Department of Cooperatives and Social Development
  • Angelita S. Villaruel, PUP-Department of Cooperatives and Social Development
  • Mohit Dave, ICA Asia and Pacific

For more information

Conference secretariat :