IAFOR Social Sciences & Business Conferences


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IAFOR’s social sciences programme is one of its largest, including large interdisciplinary conferences in Social Sciences and Sustainability, as well as medium-sized events in Business, Management, and Public Policy. We also hold a number of smaller, more concentrated events such as those focusing on areas like Asia-Pacific Security, or the fields associated with Gerontology.

IAFOR’s social sciences programme is developed by leading scholars, and in partnership with some of the world’s leading academic institutions, including University of Michigan, Nihon University, University of Tokyo, Birkbeck, University of London, Lehigh University, University of Indonesia, Virginia Tech, Waseda, Monash and Duke-NUS Medical School.

The academic programmes are developed with care, and considerable attention is given to developing a platform that is worthy of the presentation of great ideas and to their subsequent dissemination, as scholars come together to find new research synergies to address some of the world’s most pressing issues.

Our conferences have included featured addresses by teachers and academics, university presidents, business leaders, government ministers, journalists, and policy makers, and we look forward to welcoming you to enjoy this global club of exceptional individuals, and invite you to use the IAFOR platform to share and test your ideas with scholars around the world.


Upcoming Social Sciences & Business Conferences


4 Conferences Available

The Asian Conference on the Social Sciences 2017

Dates: June 8 - June 11, 2017
Location: Kobe, Japan

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The Asian Conference on Aging & Gerontology 2017

Dates: June 8 - June 11, 2017
Location: Kobe, Japan

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Research & Publications Associated with Social Sciences & Business Conferences


The following internationally peer-reviewed open-access journals are published by IAFOR:

Conference Proceedings

IAFOR Conference Proceedings are open access research repositories which include the final papers of research presented at our conferences (submitted before the final paper deadline).


THINK, The Academic Platform, is IAFOR’s online magazine, publishing the latest in interdisciplinary research and ideas from some of the world’s foremost academics, many of whom have presented at IAFOR conferences.



Interdisciplinary Conferences with Social Sciences Streams




Previous Speakers at IAFOR Social Sciences Conferences


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[Left to right] Yozo Yokota, internationally renowned human rights lawyer and former UN Special Envoy to Myanmar; Don Brash, former Governor of the New Zealand Federal Reserve; Michael Cusumano, Sloan School Professor of Management at MIT; Sir Kenneth Calman, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow, and former UK chief medical office and Chairman of the World Health Organization; Arthur Stockwin OBE, Founding Director of Oxford University’s Nissan Centre sits on a panel with London JETRO Director General, Jun Arima.


[Left to right] Amy Sarkowski and Yuki Komine of Harvard University; Andrew Staples, Director of the Economist Corporate Network, Japan; Barry Bozeman, Arizona Centennial Professor of Public Policy; Hiroshi Ishida, former director of the University of Tokyo’s Institute for Social Sciences and IAFOR Gerontology Conference Co-Chair; Linda Toyo-Obayashi, senior mediation officer at the World Bank, Washington DC. Nobuo Sato, Executive Director of Harvard Business School’s Japan Research Center.



Social Sciences Video Highlights



IAFOR is committed to disseminating as much as possible of its presentations, interviews and original output, produced by and for the organisation, online, and available for all for free.



Events Associated with Social Sciences


As part of IAFOR’s educational mission we are prioritising documentary photography and filmmaking as uniquely powerful mediums to help inform and educate in ways that are very different and yet complementary to academic studies as forms of advocacy and activism.

The organisation runs both a documentary photography and a documentary film award, as well as an associated film festival in partnership with the Medill School of Journalism and the University of the Arts London.


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