1. WAPOR Asia's Mission

     We emphasize the importance of conducting scientifically sound public-opinion research and how this information can be useful to society and its various publics
     1. Promote in each country or region in Asia the right to conduct and publish scientific research on what the people and its groups think and how this thinking is influenced by various factors
     2. Promote the knowledge and application of scientific methods in this objective.
     3. Assist and promote the development and publication of public opinion research in Asia
     4. Promote worldwide the publication of public opinion research on Asia
     5. Promote international cooperation and exchange among academic and commercial researchers, journalists, and political actors, as well as between the representatives of the different scientific disciplines.

     Functions and activities of WAPOR Asia include, but are not limited to, organizing and sponsoring meetings and publications, encouraging high professional standards, promoting improved research techniques, informing journalists about the appropriate forms of publishing poll results, observing the democratic process and use of polls in elections, promoting personnel training, coordinating international polls, and maintaining close relations with other research agencies. Such agencies include, but are not limited to, the agencies mentioned in the constitution of WAPOR. 

 

 2. The WAPOR Asia 4th Annual Conference

     Rationale

     For more than one year, countries around the world have faced the COVID-19 pandemic, which [WK1] has affected economies, societies, and especially public health around the world. With such wide-reaching impacts, most people’s ways of life have changed in some way. Almost everywhere, a “New normal” is emerging in family life, work, leisure, and public affairs. The academic field of public survey research must adapt to keep up, not just taking into account things that are newly important to people, but developing new techniques to deal with survey technique limitations forced on researchers by the pandemic.

     In light of current conditions, the fourth WAPOR Asia annual conference, WAPOR Asia Bangkok 2021: The New Normal in Survey Research Methodology and Changing Attitudes, is being held online using the Zoom Cloud Meeting platform. The aim of the conference is to support dissemination of current information in the field of survey research, and to promote national and international academic networks. This year’s topic is covers numerous issues including public policy with public service assessment and public participation; social issues with gender equality and social cohesion; environmental issues with natural resource use climate change; and technology issues with new media platforms and communication tools. It is interesting how new aspects of these issues have emerged in the current situation, and it will be informative to hear about consequent survey research trends and directions in various countries throughout Asia.

     As an academic institution concerned with sustainable democratic development and good governance for the benefit of the people, King Prajadhipok’s Institute recognizes the importance of these issues, Therefore, the institute is cooperating with WAPOR Asia, the Public Administration Association of Thailand (​PAAT), and WAPOR Asia’s networks to organize The WAPOR Asia 4th Annual Conference.

     Objectives 

     1. To support dissemination of current research from the public survey field
     2. To promote national and international academic networks

     Target Groups

     1. WAPOR members and networks
     2. Scholars in relevant fields
     3. Undergraduate and graduate students
     4. Personnel from government agencies
     5. Personnel from international organizations
     6. The public

 

3. Theme and Topics

The theme of the conference is “The New Normal in Survey Research Methodology and Changing Attitudes”

     Remembering our dual purpose of safeguarding the freedom to publishing opinion research and promoting professional standards, we saw it as our prerogative and duty to invite participants for the fourth Annual Conference with the following topics:

  • ● Methodology challenges
    ● Methodology challenges
    ● Democratic governance
    ● Inequality issues
    ● Gender equality
    ● New media platforms
    ● Public service, e-governance
    ● Social cohesion 
    ● Globalization of culture
    ● Climate change
    ● Local governance
    ● Civic engagement
    ● Ethics and integrity
    ● Non-traditional security
    ● Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

 

4. Organized by

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