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KNAW PhD research conference: 'Governance and Sustainable Society in Southeast Asia'

Wanneer:wo 18-11-2015 om 10:30
Waar:Amsterdam and the Hague
KNAW Conference
KNAW Conference

The Dutch Royal Academy (KNAW), the University of Groningen (RUG), and the International Institute for Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University, presents a special PhD research conference and dialogue between the Netherlands and Indonesia: Governance and Sustainable Society in Southeast Asia.

This PhD graduate research conference marks the opening of the 'Asia in Amsterdam' art exhibition. The conference will include a high level meeting between Dutch and Indonesian representatives discussing 'Deepening Netherlands-Indonesian Research Cooperation' led by the President of the KNAW, Prof. José van Dijck.

Keynote speech and panel discussions

The keynote speech will be held by a curator of the Rijksmuseum, Harm Stevens. This will be followed by a double book launch ceremony, where the Rijks presents their new book on Indonesia, and RUG presents the book that emerged from it research  'Decentralization and Governance in Indonesia' (NY: Springer 2015).

Topics panel discussions:

  • Theoretical reflections on governance and sustainable society
  • Governance and policy-making, decentralization and multi-level governance, in particular policy
    sectors: health, transport, education, the environment, etc.
  • Economic governance, development, foreign direct investment, corporate governance, inclusive
  • Civil service reform, institutional responses to control opportunities for corruption
  • Urban growth, creating cities for sustainable futures, local government and transnational municipal
  • Legal developments, justice issues, legal reform, access to justice, legal implementation
  • Democratic development, civil society, national human rights institutions, human rights
  • Regional cooperation, ASEAN, international forums, the UN, foreign policies of particular states in
    the region

The conference will be closed with a celebratory event at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam with over 100 guests from the academic, diplomatic, business, and cultural communities.  

This will open with a tribute to the contributions of Mr. Rudolf Treffers, (former) Executive Director of the World Bank and (former) Dutch Ambassador to Indonesia. This will be followed by remarks by RUG Rector Magnificus, Elmer Sterken and  the Rector of ISS, Inge Hutter.

The (Acting) Ambassador of Indonesia will speak, as will a representative from the Dutch Foreign Ministry and the World Bank.


Download conference programme


Those interested to participate please contact the organiser: Dr. Ron Holzhacker <>