2022 PNG Update, Port Moresby


2022 PNG Update: pathways to development amid COVID-19 and beyond PNG’s 10th election

Organised by the University of Papua New Guinea’s School of Business and Public Policy and the Australian National University’s Development Policy Centre, the annual PNG Update is the premier forum for the discussion of research and analysis relating to contemporary economic and public policy issues in PNG.

The 2022 PNG Update will be held at the University of Papua New Guinea Waigani campus on 20–21 October.

Call for papers and panels is now open.

This year’s theme is “Pathways to development amid COVID-19 and beyond PNG’s 10th election”. We invite abstracts and panels that broadly address this theme, with potential topics including (but not limited to):

  • Climate change and environmental sustainability
  • Decentralisation and sub-national administration
  • Education
  • Elections
  • Family and sexual violence
  • Gender equality
  • Governance and anti-corruption efforts
  • Health and impacts of COVID-19
  • PNG economy
  • Regional cooperation and security
  • Service delivery


Abstracts should be no more than 250 words. Please submit your abstract and author details through the online abstract submission form.

Panel proposal

In addition to individual abstracts, organised panels of up to four presenters are also invited. Panel proposals should be no more than 400 words. Please submit your panel proposal and panellists/presenters details through the online panel submission form.

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The deadline for all submissions is 11:45pm Friday 5 August.

All authors will be advised whether their abstract or panel has been accepted no later than Friday 2 September.

Travel support

We will provide travel support to a limited number of PNG or Pacific Islands postgraduate students who are accepted to present.

Please note that you must request this funding via the form when submitting your abstract/proposal for consideration.

Due to limited resources, receipt of travel support cannot be guaranteed for all postgraduate students who apply for it. In the case of us receiving more requests for this support than can be met from our budget, selection will be made by convenors based on the strength of the abstract.

The conference program will be released on Friday 23 September.

The Update is free for all presenters and attendees. No registration is required.

Event Location:

Advertiser:  ANU Crawford School

Website: https://devpolicy.crawford.anu.edu.au/png-update