2nd International Conference on Contemporary Debates in Public Policy and Management

Organised By/Speakers: 
B.S Chimni
Gail Omvedt
Ashok Lahiri
Conference/Seminar Date: 
Friday, January 15, 2016 to Sunday, January 17, 2016
Conference/Seminar Venue: 

2nd International Conference on
Contemporary Debates in Public Policy and Management

IIM Calcutta, 15-17 January, 2016

chimniInaugural Address: B.S Chimni,
Professor,Centre for International Legal Studies,School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University


Ashok LahiriKeynote Address: Gail Omvedt,
Formerly Dr. Ambedkar Chair Professor at NISWASS in Orissa and Professor of Sociology at the University of Pune


Ashok LahiriValedictory Address: Ashok Lahiri,
Chairman, Bandhan Bank and Former Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India


Conference Schedule

Call for Papers

The Second International Conference on Contemporary Debates on Public Policy and Management invites contributions that focus on emerging policy challenges—including those that have generated lively public and scholarly debates in recent times in India and beyond—e.g. policies for boosting domestic manufacturing output and employment, management of natural resources and resolution of conflicts over them, policies to reap the demographic dividend in developing countries like India including public health and education policies, labor market reforms, social insurance and informal sector, management of rapid urbanization and domestic macro policies in the post-recession international economic order, among others. Scholarly works on public policy and management from all disciplines are invited—including theoretical papers, case studies, historical studies, econometric work, ethnography, survey-based studies, experimental work and others.

The conference invites both a) individual paper proposals (which the conference organizers will group into thematic panels and b) panel proposals (a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 4 papers on a theme).

The following is a list of suggested themes for submission of paper and panel proposals. Submissions need not be limited to sub-themes specified in the list.

  1. Public policy challenges in the contemporary global context
    International institutions and development
    Agriculture: policy challenges
    Climate change: global and local issues
    Innovation policies
    Policies for the manufacturing sector
  2. Governance issues in the social sector
    Public health policies—efficiency, quality and equity
    Education and skill development policies
    ICT and development policies
    Judiciary and public policies
    Labour market regulations
  3. Community, state and market
    Communities and cities: identity, politics and conflicts
    Citizen engagement and participatory governance
    Land acquisition laws and policies
    Forest rights and forest management
    Social movements and policy responses
  4. Decentralization, democracy and development
    Policy process: The making and implementation of policies
    Public finance
    Legal framework and institutions
    Ethics, science and public policies
    Media and public policies

The conference will feature keynote speeches and invited panel discussions/ roundtables.

Submission of Individual paper/ Panel Proposals

For individual paper proposals, an abstract of 300 words with title, keywords of the paper/ case and author affiliation needs to be submitted. For panel proposals, a concept note for the panel (300 words) along with abstracts of individual papers, of 250-300 words with title, keywords of the paper/ case and author affiliation, (a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 4 papers) needs to be submitted.

Submission of Full Papers

All submissions should be made ONLY as a PDF document, with numbered pages. All submissions should be in Times New Roman, 12 point size, double-spacing, with 1 inch margin on all sides. The full paper should be of 5000-8000 words in length (excluding references, tables, figures, and appendices)

Important dates

Last date of submission of individual paper/panel proposals: 31 July, 2015

The deadline for submission of individual paper/panel proposals has been extended to 31 August, 2015

Date of announcement of selected individual papers/ panels: 15 September, 2015

Last date of submission of full papers: 15 December, 2015

Last date for registration: 15 December, 2015

Conference Dates: 15-17 January, 2016


  • For Indian delegates: Rs 6000
  • For overseas delegates: 200 US $
  • For Indian students: Rs. 3000
  • For overseas students: 100 US $

Only full-time students will be eligible for discount.

The registration fee covers the conference kit, lunches on three days of conference, one conference dinner and Tea/Coffee during session breaks for all registered participants. It also includes on-campus accommodation for out-station participants presenting a paper for three nights. For co-authored papers, each author will have to separately register for participation in the conference.

Registration Closed

Program Coordinator

Rajesh Bhattacharya, Public Policy and Management Group

Manish Thakur, Public Policy and Management Group

Arnab Roy Chowdhury, Public Policy and Management Group

Contact Email: ppmconf2016@iimcal.ac.in