Conference 2017

Australia Myanmar Institute – 2017 Conference


Progress towards Myanmar’s Sustainable Development Goals

27 – 30 November  – Yangon, Myanmar


Since 2013, the Australia Myanmar Institute (AMI) has worked to facilitate Australian and international education institutions, government and non-governmental organisations, and businesses working with Myanmar counterparts in strengthening research, public policy and its implementation in Myanmar.

Building on the success of AMI’s 2015 conference on Myanmar and the Millennium Development Goals, the 2017 conference, also co-organised with the Myanmar Institute for Strategic and International Studies (MISIS), will bring together participants from government, academia, civil society and the public policy sphere to discuss Myanmar’s progress towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Conference is expected to take place at Yangon University.

This year’s Conference will extend the initial discussion on the SDGs in the context of the 2015 elections, which formed the basis of the 2015 AMI conference at Yangon University.

The 2017 Conference will provide an opportunity to:

• Review Myanmar’s priorities and progress towards addressing the SDGs
• Enable participants to engage with the contemporary evidence base
• Illustrate some of the mechanisms through which the Sustainable Development Goals can be met
• Point to effective pathways for international collaboration with Myanmar’s Government and civil society
• Lead to the publication of a diverse series of academic and policy papers by both Myanmar and international participants

AMI is calling for papers and panels for the 2017 Conference


Call for Panels

As in the 2015 Conference, which attracted over 400 international and Myanmar participants, six themes will help set the agenda:

– Business and the Economy
– Environmental and Cultural Heritage
– Education
– Gender and Equity
– Governance and Law
– Health

Suggested panels will include a minimum of 4-5 papers that address one or more of the key themes. Panel proposers are also asked to outline a plan for publication, which may include academic channels such as a special edition of a journal, or non-academic outputs such as policy papers.

Please send proposals for panels to conference organiser, Soren Kemp:


Call for Papers

Researchers, stakeholders and policy makers are also invited to submit an abstract on one or more of the conference themes.

High quality papers are requested that contain original contributions. We again encourage collaboration between Myanmar and international researchers, as this was an important feature of the 2015 conference.

Abstracts should be 250-300 words in length in expectation of a 15-20 minute presentation. Abstracts are requested in English, although the Conference papers themselves can be presented in Myanmar or English.

Abstracts should be submitted through the link:


The closing date for abstracts is 17 July 2017. Notification of acceptance will be made by 15 August 2017.



AMI intends for the 2017 Conference to impact both public policy and the academic knowledge base.

Given the breadth of the 2015 Conference – including significant discussions on such topics as gender, the peace process, environmental issues, mining, education, and corporate social responsibility – we are hoping for a diversity of publications from the 2017 Conference.

Academic papers will be peer-reviewed and published after the conference to provide a significant addition to the growing body of knowledge and evidence available to researchers on Myanmar. This will materially assist future research as well as add value to Myanmar’s own SDG achievement program.

Other papers, provided by non-academic participants, will be published separately but will also help business, NGOs and others establish meaningful collaboration on developmental and policy topics.

For further information on MISIS: