Was held on July 23-⁠24th, 2018 at Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia

The 14th IRSA International Conference.

Welcome to the 14th Indonesian Regional Science Association (IRSA) International Conference. This annual conference was held on 23-24 July 2018 in Surakarta, Central Java, and is hosted by the Faculty of Economics and Business, Sebelas Maret University in collaboration with IRSA. Sebelas Maret University is an Indonesian public university that plays an important role in promoting research and education in Indonesia. The theme of this year’s IRSA conference is Strengthening Regional and Local 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

Surakarta or popularly known as Solo is located at a strategic point that connects Semarang to Yogyakarta, and Surabaya to Yogyakarta. Located in a strategic position, Solo becomes an important business centre for the surrounding districts. Solo is recognized as a traditional Javanese city that preserves local traditional values and culture. Moreover, Solo is well-known as the city of culture and the capital of batik. With the slogan “Solo, the spirit of Java”, the city is determined to maintain, preserve and develop local culture. Finally, Solo is the main centre of services industry particularly trading in Central Java that has worked collaboratively with the surrounding districts. The main trading centres are Pasar Klewer, the main textiles and batik trading centers and Laweyan Batik Village.


The Indonesian Regional Science Association (IRSA) in collaboration with Sebelas Maret University invite scholars, practitioners, and students to submit papers to be presented in the 14th IRSA International Conference. The theme of the conference is Strengthening Regional and Local Economy.

Potential topics to be discussed in the conference include, but not limited to:

  1. Local business (including MSMEs) development and competitiveness,
  2. Improving the effectiveness of regional growth centres,
  3. Local government innovation, governance and business climate,
  4. Green growth framework for local development,
  5. Regional standard minimum services across Indonesia,
  6. Local infrastructure, basic utilities and city management,
  7. The role of village funds in developing physical and social infrastructure to enhance rural and periphery economy,
  8. Local government budget and its impact on economy growth, human capital development, poverty alleviation and inequality,
  9. Income inequalities and regional disparities,
  10. Decentralization and sustainability,
  11. Trade and regional development,
  12. Macro and financial policies and local development.

Extended paper abstract of about 250-500 words should be submitted online via by 1 April 2018.

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.


Dec 1st, 2017 : Call for Papers

Jan 1st, 2018 : Abstract Submission Opening

Apr 1st, 2018 : Abstract Submission Deadline

May 1st, 2018 : Early Bird Registration Open

May 1st, 2018 : Notification of Abstract Acceptance

Jun 1st, 2018 : Early Bird Registration End

Jun 23rd, 2018 : Full Paper Submission Deadline

Jun 25th, 2018 : Paper Presenter Registration Deadline

Jul 13th, 2018 : Non Presenter Registration Deadline

Jul 21-22nd, 2018 : Pre-conference Training


Download Full Conference Agenda file here (in PDF format)

21-22 July 2018

07:00   Registration

08:00   Pre-conference Workshop

  • IFLS Data Utilization (Meeting Room 1)
  • Impact Evaluation Method (Meeting Room 2)

23 July 2018

07:00   Registration

08:30   Opening Ceremony (Convention Hall)

  • Chair of the Organizing Committee: Dr. Tri Mulyaningsing
  • President of RSAI: Professor Budy P. Resosudarmo
  • President of IRSA: Professor Arief A. Yusuf
  • Rector of Sebelas Maret University: Professor Ravik Karsidi

09:00   Keynote Speaker (Convention Hall)

  • tba

09:30   Tea Break

10:00   Plenary Session I (Convention Hall)

  • Prof. Mari Elka Pangestu (Universitas Indonesia).
  • Dr. Yuri Sato (Institute of Developing Economies-Japan External Trade Organization)

11:30   1st Parallel Session (Meeting Room 1 – 13)

12:30   Lunch Break

13:30   2nd Parallel Session (Meeting Room 1 – 13)

15:00   Tea Break

15:30   3rd Parallel Session (Meeting Room 1 – 13)

17:30   End of Conference Day 1

18:30   Gala Dinner (Convention Hall)

  • Solikin M. Juhro (Bank Indonesia Institute)
  • Professor Iwan J. Azis (Cornell University)

24 July 2018

07:00   Registration

08:00   4th Parallel Session (Meeting Room 1 – 13)

10:00   Tea Break

10:15   Plenary Session II (Convention Hall)

  • Professor Lisa Cameron (University of Melbourne)
  • Sudarno Sumarto (SMERU Research Institute)

12:00 Lunch Break

13:00   5th Parallel Session (Meeting Room 1 – 13)

15:00   Tea Break

15:30   6th Parallel Session (Meeting Room 1 – 13)

17:30   Closing Ceremony (Convention Hall)

17:45   End of the Conference



Prof. Mari Elka Pangestu


Prof. Lisa Cameron


Dr. Yuri Sato


Prof. Iwan J. Azis


Dr. Sudarno Sumarto


Prof. Bambang Brodjonegoro


The 14th Indonesian Regional Science Association (IRSA) International Conference will be held in the Best Western Premier Hotel, Solo Baru, Central Java, Indonesia.

Best Western Premier Hotel

Jl. Ir Soekarno, Nampan, Madegondo, Grogol, Solo Baru, Sukoharjo, Jawa Tengah 57552
Phone: +62 (271) 623 123

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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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