Call for Paper Proposals: CPRsouth8/CPRafrica 2013

CPRsouth8/ CPRafrica 2013
Innovation & Entrepreneurship in ICT: Changing Asia / Africa
5-7 September 2013, Mysore, IndiaOrganized by LIRNEasia, Research ICT Africa, and the Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Supported by the International Development Research Centre, Canada (IDRC) and the Department for International Development, UK (DFID)Communication Policy Research: south (CPRsouth) intends to build human capacity in the South by reinforcing and developing the knowledge, skills, and commitment of ICT policy and regulation scholars in the region or with substantial interest in the region. The overall objective is to create policy intellectuals capable of informed and effective intervention in ICT policy and regulatory processes in specific country contexts.CPRsouth8/ CPRafrica 2013 provides a forum for policy-engaged scholars to meet face-to-face to exchange ideas, network and improve the quality of their scholarly work. It fosters the next generation of active scholars and in-situ experts capable of contributing to good ICT-related policy and regulation in the region.Location
The conference will be hosted at the Infosys Campus Mysore India. The state-of-the-art Campus has been set up and is managed by the Indian global technology services company, Infosys, for the purpose of training its staff and recruits.  The Infosys Bangalore and Mysore campuses inspired Thomas Friedman to write the international bestseller The world is flat. 

Content
The conference will accommodate ~30 paper presenters from Africa and the Asia-Pacific over the course of three days (Asia-Pacific papers will make up around 60 percent of total).   The conference includes sessions on cutting-edge developments on policy and regulation in the South and discussion of the research-policy interface.  The audience will be made up of 70+ scholars on ICT policy and practice. Each of the paper sessions will be chaired by a senior scholar.  Substantive discussant comments will be provided.

Mentoring
Paper presenters will have opportunity to be mentored on their paper, policy brief and the presentation prior to the conference.

CALL FOR PAPER PROPOSALS  Paper proposals on ICT policy and regulation research carried out in the Asia Pacific or relevant to the Asia-Pacific may be submitted for review and acceptance. The paper proposals must be classifiable with at least three keywords from the list below (if you have trouble doing so, it is an indication that your work may not fit this conference).  The keywords will be used to assign papers to reviewers in a double-blind process which will yield a short list of approximately 30-35.  Completed papers based on the shortlisted paper proposals will be judged by two senior scholars and the authors of the highest ranked papers will be invited to present at the conference.Keywords
Access | Applications | Authorization and Licensing | Broadband| Business models | Citizen | Civil society| Cloud computing | Competition | Conflict | Connectivity | Consumer | Content | Convergence | Cooperation  | Demand | Disaster  | Disability | Domestic | Economy | Efficiency | Emerging markets  | Environment   | Governance | Growth | Inclusion | Indicators | Information | Infrastructure | Innovation | International | Judiciary | Knowledge | Legislation | Markets | Media | Monopoly | Networks | Performance | Policy | Political economy | Poverty | Productivity | Property | Public goods | Oligopoly | Reforms  | Regional | Regulation | Spectrum | Strategy | Transparency | Universal access | Universal services
The relevant keywords from the above list must be included in your paper proposalSubmission Guidelines
Paper proposals should be submitted electronically at www.cprsouth.org on or before 08 February 2013 and must contain the following:
1.  500-word paper proposal, including a minimum of three and a maximum of five keywords from the list given above.  Include at least three, but preferably more, references to prior work.  The references and keywords are outside the 500-word limit.
2.  Curriculum vitae (one page)
The template for the paper proposals submission can be downloaded from www.cprsouth.orgThe document must be named CPRsouth8_paperproposal&Bio_YourLastName.doc. It should be in MS office word format. Please note that the paper proposal and bio must be in a single document.Notification of shortlisting of paper proposals will be emailed on or before 16 March 2013, and authors will be given time to submit their completed papers – i.e., full papers have to be submitted for final review by 25 April 2013. Only full papers of acceptable quality that are received by the deadline will be considered for partial travel and accommodation support.  It is expected that the papers will be improved based on substantive comments provided in the run-up to the conference. All paper givers are required to develop a policy brief based on the final research paper.  Mentoring on writing a policy brief will be provided prior to the conference.  Policy briefs will be judged in a policy-brief competition.Paper presenters who make the cut will be notified by 03 June 2013 with contact information for the assigned chair and discussant and instructions on travel arrangements.Review Criteria
Paper proposals will be reviewed according to the following criteria:
1. PRINCIPAL RESEARCH QUESTION: (15%): Captures the essence of the proposal in no more than 50 words
2. POLICY RELEVANCE (15%): The relevance of the proposal to identified decision-makers in the ICT space is explicated
3. COMPONENT RESEARCH QUESTIONS (15%): Breaks down the research question further and is linked to the research plan
4. RESEARCH PLAN (45%): Includes a literature search, method and data sources sections
5. LIST OF REFERENCES/SOURCES (5%):  Identifies the key documents.  APA style is used
6. TITLE (5%): Is clear and communicates no more and no less than the content given in the proposal.

Please note: Only the authors whose papers that are delivered by the 25 April 2013 deadline ANDwho meet the quality standard will be allowed to present at the conference.

The papers selected for presentation at the CPRsouth Conference will be uploaded onto the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) database.  Please note that the submission of the final paper implies consent to upload them onto the SSRN database. The slides of the presentations and the policy brief will be uploaded onto www.cprsouth.org

Previous conferences
Please see www.cprsouth.org, CPRsouth conference archives for programs and papers presented.

Funding
Selected paper givers who are passport holders of, and travelling from, low, lower-middle and upper middle income countries within the Asia Pacific (as classified by the World Bankhttp://data.worldbank.org/about/country-classifications/country-and-lending-groups#Low_income) will be provided with:

  • Lowest-cost economy airfare to India (less USD 200 registration fee).
  •  Twin sharing accommodation on bed and breakfast basis, 3 lunches and 1 dinner for the duration of the conference (5-7 September 2013).  Not all meals are covered.
The airfare will be reimbursed less USD 200, the registration fee for the conference.The cost of transportation to and from airports in home countries, visa fees (if any), meals not provided and incidental costs have to borne by the participants.Visas
Visas are required to enter India, with a few exceptions. Letters will be provided for this purpose after participant selections have been made. Participants are strongly advised to initiate visa approval procedures immediately thereafter.Key Dates
Deadline for paper proposals: 08 February 2013
Deadline for complete papers:  25 April 2013CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: YOUNG SCHOLAR AWARDS

Fifteen Young Scholars from the Asia-Pacific region (and the same number from Africa) will be selected to participate in the tutorials taught by recognized scholars and practitioners scheduled to be held before CPRsouth8 (3-4 September 2013).

Who will qualify?

  • Entry level officers of government/regulatory agencies
  • Entry/mid level officers of private companies in the communication industries
  • Masters/PhD students in Economics, Public policy, Communications and Journalism
  • Entry/mid level officers in NGOs/INGOs.
  • Researchers from think tanks
  • Journalists interested in regulation and public policy, with an emphasis on communication
Faculty at previous CPRsouth tutorials
Previous tutorial presentations can be accessed at http://www.cprsouth.org/Application Guidelines
Applications should be submitted electronically at www.cprsouth.org on or before 02 June 2013and must contain the following:
1.  curriculum vitae (one page)
2.  a one-page write-up outlining why you wish to become an Asia-Pacific based expert capable of contributing to ICT related policy and regulatory reform in the region
The document should be named CPRsouth8_YoungScholar_YourLastName. Please note that the write up and bio should be in a single document.Notification of acceptance will be emailed on or before 17 June 2013, with instructions on travel arrangements.Review Criteria
Applications will be reviewed according to the following criteria:
1.  Content of application
2.  Evidence of interest in, and commitment to, policy-relevant research for the Asia Pacific
3.  Quality of writing
4.  Gender and country representation
The selection committee may contact your supervisor or mentor before making the final selections.The selected Young scholar award holder must:
  • Provide an one-page research proposal
  • Participate in all tutorial sessions
  • Participate in the entire CPRsouth7 conference
Funding
Selected young scholars who are passport holders and travelling from low, lower-middle and upper middle income countries within the Asia Pacific (as classified by the World Bankhttp://data.worldbank.org/about/country-classifications/country-and-lending-groups#Low_income) will be provided with:
  • Lowest-cost economy airfare to India (less USD 150 registration fee).
  • Twin sharing accommodation on bed and breakfast basis, 3 lunches and 1 dinner for the duration of the tutorials and conference (3-7 September 2013).
The airfare will be reimbursed less USD 150, the registration fee for the conference.The cost of transportation to and from airports in home countries, visa fees (if any), meals not provided and incidental costs have to borne by the participants.Visas
Visas are required to enter India, with very few exceptions. Letters will be provided for this purpose after participant selections have been made. Participants are strongly advised to initiate visa approval procedures immediately thereafter.Key Dates
Deadline for applications: 02 June 2013CPRsouth Board

  • Ashok Jhunjhunwala, PhD, Chair (Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India)
  • Emmanuel C. Lallana, PhD, Alternative Chair (IdeaCorp, The Philippines)
  • Aslam Hayat (Pacific ICT Regulatory Resource Center, Fiji)
  • Yuntsai Chou, PhD (Yuan Ze University, Taiwan ROC)
  • Koesmarihati Sugondo (Directorate General of Posts and Telecommunications, Indonesia)
  • Shi-Ji Gao, PhD (School of Social Development and Public Policy, Beijing Normal University, China)
    Zhong Liu, PhD (Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, China)
  • Masatsugu Tsuji, PhD (University of Hyogo, Japan)
  • Myeong-Cheol Park, PhD (Korea Advanced Institute for Science and Technology, South Korea)
  • Payal Malik (University of Delhi, India)
  • Ang Peng Hwa, PhD (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
  • Pirongrong Ramasoota, PhD (Chulalongkorn University, Thailand)
  • Rajendra Kumar, PhD (Indian Administrative Service , India)
  • Reg Coutts, PhD (Coutts Communication, Australia)
  • Rohan Samarajiva, PhD (LIRNEasia, Sri Lanka)
  • Supriya Singh, PhD (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University, Australia)
  • Wangay Dorji (Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority, Bhutan)
About LIRNEasia
LIRNEasia is a regional information and communication technology (ICT) policy and regulation research and capacity building organization. LIRNEasia seeks to identify the institutional constraints on effective use of ICTs to improve the lives of the people of Asia-Pacific; work collaboratively with multiple stakeholders to catalyze changes conducive to greater participation by users and suppliers; and contribute to building capacity within the region for evidence-based intervention in the public-policy process. It serves as the administrative partner for CPRsouth.Visit www.lirneasia.net for more information.Contact information
Mail: CPRsouth, C/o LIRNEasia, 12 Balcombe Place, Colombo 00080, Sri Lanka
Telephone: +94 11 267 1160
Fax: +94 11 267 5212
Email: info@cprsouth.org
Website: www.cprsouth.org
CPRsouth emailing list
Our mailing address is:
CPRsouth
C/o LIRNEasia, 12 Balcombe Place, Colombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka
Colombo, Western Province 00800
Sri Lanka

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