28th International Input-Output Association Conference
10th Edition of the International School of I-O Analysis
28th Aug - 02nd Sept 2022, Langkawi Island, Malaysia


Development Programme 2022


Attendees to the 2022 IIOA Conference in Malaysia are invited to apply for participation in the Development Programme – an event pioneered in the past few IIOA conferences. This year, the DP will be organized in cooperation with the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET)’s Young Scholars Initiative, which will financially support the participation of highly motivated young researchers.

The scheme aims to provide young researchers with opportunities to learn individually from experienced researchers in the community, and in turn, enhancing the quality of papers. The basic idea of the scheme is that the conference organizers will assign an experienced discussant to your presentation. He/she will advise during the session, not only on the choice of methods and data, but more so about the style and structure of the paper. In addition, about how to position the study relative to the existing literature and about how to appeal to a wider range of readers, etc. You will also be given the opportunity to consult directly with your discussant on what kind of advice you are seeking.

Other conference participants will be invited to attend the Development Programme sessions as well and are encouraged to contribute to the discussions.

Session format

Each session will last a maximum of 45 minute, with the following format:

  • Presentation - 15 minutes
  • Comments by the discussant - 20 minutes
  • Question and answer with attendees - 10 minutes

Note that the presentations should be focused on the research questions, key findings and implications rather than on the detailed deployment of methodology.

Prerequisites for presentation

  • At the time of application, the presenting author should be under 40 years of age or within four years after obtaining a PhD degree.
  • The paper to be presented must be unpublished work of substantial quality such that a future version might satisfy the academic standards expected for publication in Economic Systems Research or comparable journals.
  • An appropriate discussant for your paper (in terms of experience and specialization) can be found within the community.

Application procedure

Prior to the application for the Development Programme, you must have:

Other points to follow:

  • If you are under 40, you will see a checkbox in your own individual paper page in COPASS. Please mark it to apply for the Development Programme.
  • If you are over 40 but still within four years after obtaining a PhD degree, please send your full paper directly to the Development Programme organizer at b.los@rug.nl with the message title "DP application <your Paper ID from COPASS> <your first name, then your last name in CAPITAL LETTERS> <The year of obtaining PhD degree>" (for example: "DP application <3052> <Wassily LEONTIEF> <2017>").

Important notes:

  • Only ONE paper per author is allowed for the application for the Development Programme.
  • The submitted full paper can be revised until the end of June 2022 but it must remain unchanged afterwards (to ensure that the discussant gives comments on the most recent version).
  • Applicants will be notified about the decision regarding admission by mid-June 2022.
  • In order to confirm your participation, the successful applicants are requested to complete the payment of conference fee (as specified in the conference website) within ONE WEEK from the notification of acceptance. Please prepare for the payment well in advance.
  • Even in the case that you are unsuccessful in the application, because of either the competitive selection process or unavailability of an appropriate discussant, your paper will be automatically considered for inclusion in a regular session.

Please note that, by participating in the program, we regard that you have agreed to share your e-mail address with all other participants in the Development Programme for further correspondence.

If you would have questions, please send a message to the organizer of the Development Programme, Bart Los (b.los@rug.nl).

Financial Support for Development Programme participants

This year's Development Programme is partnering with the Young Scholars Initiative (YSI) of the Institute for New Economic Thinking. The YSI provides a platform and support to students, young professionals and others who embrace new and critical ways of thinking about the economy. Selected Development Programme participants will receive YSI travel stipends of $300 if they reside in Asia and $600 if they come from other continents. Their accommodation expenses will also be covered by YSI.

Successful applicants for the Development Programme can apply for this financial support via this link.

To stay updated, we welcome interested young researchers to join the YSI as a member via the Young Scholar Directory, which is the online platform around which the YSI is organized. Specifically, we would like to invite you to join the Urban and Regional Economics and the Sustainability Working Groups, which are the groups involved in the organization of this years Development Program.

For further information on the YSI, please consult the homepage and for specific questions regarding the YSI funding, please write to urban@youngscholarsinitiative.org.