Eligible Topics

The special session organized by the IRSA-SMI Institute aims to showcase innovative and insightful papers focusing on infrastructure development in archipelagic regions. Specifically, the session seeks to explore strategies for expediting infrastructure development in these regions and examining the resulting impact on local economies. This special session provides an opportunity to engage in discussions about the challenges associated with accelerating infrastructure projects in remote archipelagic areas and potential solutions to address these regional infrastructure issues.

Relevant topics for papers include, but are not limited to:

  1. Understanding the challenges involved in developing major infrastructure projects in remote archipelagic regions.
  2. Evaluating the roles played by central and regional governments in the development of infrastructure in remote areas.
  3. Exploring regional prospects and perspectives for securing infrastructure funding aimed at mitigating the impact of regional infrastructure disparities.

We look forward to receiving contributions that shed light on these critical aspects of infrastructure development in archipelagic regions.

The Award

The selected papers will receive Rp. 3,000,000.- (three million rupiahs) per paper and an opportunity to present at the IRSA-SMI Institute special session on The Infrastructure Development in Archipelagic Regions. Further, the authors will have the option to publish their works in the IRSA Book Series on Regional Development.


Infrastructure development plays a pivotal role in driving regional economic growth, especially in remote archipelagic regions of Indonesia. Research has consistently shown that government investments in infrastructure have a multiplier effect, generating employment opportunities and increasing income levels. However, current experiences highlight the persistent issue of inequality in accessing essential infrastructure, particularly in the healthcare sector, which significantly affects local economic development in archipelagic regions.

Numerous challenges in developing infrastructure in remote areas have resurfaced, underscoring the need for solutions that promote equitable regional infrastructure, thereby contributing to the restoration of a sustainable economy. To this end, a comprehensive study focused on infrastructure development in remote archipelagic regions is crucial. By leveraging creativity and innovative ideas, this award is bestowed upon papers aimed at providing recommendations for addressing the issue of regional infrastructure inequality, particularly by enhancing the involvement and coordination between central and regional governments to ensure equitable and high-quality infrastructure in these regions.

The upcoming conference provides an ideal platform for in-depth discussions and the dissemination of innovative solutions and ideas to a broader audience. The special session organized by IRSA and the SMI Institute extends an invitation to scholars to submit papers addressing these critical issues. This session serves as an opportunity to present, discuss, and identify effective strategies to combat regional infrastructure inequality and its implications on achieving sustainable local economic development in archipelagic regions of Indonesia.

How to Apply?

All papers related to the abovementioned topics submitted for presentation at the 19th IRSA International Conference will be considered for these IRSA-SMI Institute Paper Awards. Three papers will be selected as winners. The papers should be presented at the conference, and all the terms and conditions of the IRSA Conference will apply to all applicants, i.e., paying the conference registration fee.

  • Deadline for submitting an abstract: 18 April 2024
  • Deadline for submitting the full paper: 15 June 2024
  • Notification of Winners: 1 July 2024

Extended paper abstract of about 500 words should be submitted online via http://www.conftool.com/irsa2024 by 18 April 2024. The abstract should include background, data and methodology, potential contributions, and keywords. Abstracts must be submitted in English, as also the entire paper.