You are welcome to submit your paper to the 1st Asian Forum for Rural Research, Planning and Development (1st AFRRPD 2020) which is scheduled to be held from 11-12 August 2020 at the Institute for Rural Advancement (INFRA) in Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia.


All accepted papers will be published in Conference Proceedings (SCOPUS Indexed). Selected papers will be published in SCOPUS / Indexed Journals with additional fees.


Abstract submission : 31 March 2020

Acceptance notification : 15 April 2020

Early bird registration and payment deadline : 30 April 2020

Full paper submission: 30 June 2020

Regular registration and payment deadline : 5 August 2020

Conference date : 11-12 August 2020


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Rural Planning & Development After 2020 and Beyond


  • Rural as destination for economy and livelihood
  • Smart, digital village and social innovation
  • Climate change adaptation technology and practices
  • Local initiatives to tackle social and environmental changes


  • Rural entreprenourship catalyst for sustainable economy
  • Resource management, rural waste and local value added
  • Green-environmental friendly rural technology and infrastructure
  • Rural-Urban linkages for quality products and services


  • Rural policy and future governance pattern
  • Future training, leadership and skills (Industry 4.0)
  • Rural rebranding

Eric C. Thompson is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the National University of Singapore. Before joining NUS, he completed a PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology at the University of Washington and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of California Los Angeles. He teaches anthropology, gender studies, urban studies and research methods. His research spans field sites across Southeast Asia, particularly Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. His research interests include transnational networking, urbanism, agrarian transitions, and ASEAN regionalism. His work has appeared in the journals American Ethnologist, Urban Studies, Political Geography, Asian Studies Review, Contemporary Sociology, and Contemporary Southeast Asian Studies among others. He is author of Unsettling Absences: Urbanism in Rural Malaysia (NUS Press, 2007). He is co-editor of several books namely Cleavage, Connection and Conflict in Rural, Urban, and Contemporary Asia (Springer, 2012); Southeast Asian Anthropologies: National Traditions and Transnational Practices (NUS Press, 2019); Asian Smallholder in Comparative Perspective (Amsterdam University Press, 2019).


Associate Professor, National University of Singapore

Midori Aoyagi, PhD is the Principle Researcher at the Center for Social and Environmental Systems, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan. Dr. Midori obtained her doctoral degree from Kyoto University, Japan in 1992 and Bachelor in Agriculture (Agricultural Economics) in 1985. Most of her research activities focusing on analysis for Improving quality of life in Asian Countries through survey research, socio-technical solution for post-carbon infrastructure and public attitudes towards climate change mitigation and adaptation. She has a vast experience both in conducting research and educator, including conducting research on public opinion of climate change, energy issues, and its international comparison with European countries. She was appointed as adjunct professor at Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, The University of Tokyo, (November 2006-March 2011) and at School of Environment and Society, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 2013-present. Dr. Midori was also appointed as special member of Science Council of Japan (Division I: Sociology) 2016-2020. She has vast experience sitting in editorial board for various academic journals including as an editor in chief for Journal of Rural Planning (2002-2006), Editorial member of Japanese Journal of Agricultural Economics (2012-2020), Journal of Rural Studies (2008-2010), Journal of Japanese Risk Research (editor in chief, 2014-2016) and many others. Currently, she is the President of Rural Planning Association Japan.


President, Rural Planning Association of Japan

Muhammad Baiquni is a Professor in Regional Geography, Faculty of Geography, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM). He also serves as the Head of Master and Doctoral Program in Tourism Studies, Graduate School and also the Head of Department for Development Geography, UGM. He delivers lectures in the field of Theories of Development, Regional Geography, Rural Development, Tourism Geography, Sustainable Tourism and Ecotourism, Community Based Tourism, Strategic Planning and Management for Tourism, etc. He obtained his doctoral degree in Geography on Livelihoods and Resource Management from Sandwich Program between UGM and Utrecht University, The Netherlands (2006). Since 2014-2020 Prof Baiquni is the President of ARCHIPELAGO Action Research Expedition. Other than that, he also appointed as Chairperson of FORPIMGEO (Indonesia Forum of Leaders in Geography and Geographical Education), Chairperson Board of Trustee INSIST (Indonesian Society for Social Transformation). Fellow LEAD (Leadership for Environment and Development) London and Lifetime member of SID (Society for International Development), Rome.


Professor, Universitas Gadjah Mada

Khairul Hisyam is currently a senior lecturer in the Department of Science, Management and Design at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur campus. He owns a Doctorate in Planning from Oxford Brookes University, UK; and holds a bachelor degree and master’s degree from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, with focus in Urban and Regional Planning (URP). Between 2016-2018, he has conducted a research on smallholders’ transformation in Malaysia (funded by the National University of Singapore, NUS), and another study on the Orang Asli community in Royal Belum State Park, Perak which has required strenuous research in the field. He also involved in various consultation projects including the development of National Rural Development Policy 2030 (Ministry of Regional and Rural Development Malaysia) and National Guideline for Disaster Resilient Cities for Malaysia (PLANMalaysia). Many of Khairul’s topic researches are focused on development of local economies and resilient society. He is author of Kemampanan Ekonomi Luar Bandar (Sustainability of Rural Economies, UTM Press, 2019); Introduction to Sustainable Community Based Rural Tourism (UTM Press, 2016); Pembangunan Mapan Orang Asli (Sustainable Development of Orang Asli, UTM Press, 2007); co-editor of Exploring Pathways for Sustainable Rural Development in Malaysia (UTM Press, 2015); and contributing a chapter for Asian Smallholders in Comparative Perspective (Amsterdam University Press, 2019). Khairul is currently attached to Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Centre (DPPC) at Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology, UTM Kuala Lumpur as associate fellow.


Senior Lecturer, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia