T08P11 - Towards Digital Policy Research: Retrospective and Prospective Research Agendas

Topic : Policy Discourse and Critical Policy Research

Panel Chair : Erik Bohlin - erik.bohlin@chalmers.se

Panel Second Chair : Khuong VU - sppkmv@nus.edu.sg

Panel Third Chair : Yu-li Liu - yuliliu2009@gmail.com

Objectives and Scientific Relevance of the panel

Research field of telecommunications policy is starting to come of age, with several international research conference associations celebrating 30 and 40 years (such as ITS, PTC and TPRC), and the Journal of Telecommunications Policy turning 40 years in 2016. The research field has developed and expanded, becoming more interdisciplinary as well as contributing with increasingly precise policy implications. Research contributions have come from economic analysis, institutional theory and policy analysis, to name a few. Several thousands of researchers have interacted with the research area over the years, both as contributors and acting as reviewers for journals and conference proceedings.

 

This is a good time to take stock and reflect on the past developments of the research field, and consider future outlooks. In particular, the field of telecommunications policy is now really a field of Digital Policy, with increasing complex and encompassing issues.

 

This panel session is based on contributions from leading scholars in the field, joined by young and growing researchers in the field, addressing question such as:

 

-        How would you define and scope the broad field of telecommunications policy, and the emerging field Digital Policy?

-        What have been the major research issues in the past?

-        What are the current major research issues?

-        What are the most promising and relevant future research problems? And what are the most interesting theory domains to address these future problems? What should be the focus of the emerging field Digital Policy?

 

The session will include not only personal reflections of the contributors, but also time for cross-panel discussions and Q&A with the audience. The panel will include topical presentations that bear on the specific theme of the panel, plus presentations that analyze each of the questions raised in-depth. A mixture of perspectives from junior and senior researchers will be offered.

 

Conveners of the panel proposal are:

 

Prof. Erik Bohlin, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden & Editor-in-Chief, Telecommunications Policy

Prof. Khuong Vu, National University of Singapore

Prof. Hitoshi Mitomo, Waseda University, Japan

Prof Yu-li Liu, National Chengchi University, Taiwan

 

 

Call for papers

Research field of telecommunications policy is starting to come of age, with several international research conference associations celebrating 30 and 40 years (such as ITS, PTC and TPRC), and the Journal of Telecommunications Policy turning 40 years in 2016. The research field has developed and expanded, becoming more interdisciplinary as well as contributing with increasingly precise policy implications. Research contributions have come from economic analysis, institutional theory and policy analysis, to name a few. Several thousands of researchers have interacted with the research area over the years, both as contributors and acting as reviewers for journals and conference proceedings.

 

This is a good time to take stock and reflect on the past developments of the research field, and consider future outlooks. In particular, the field of telecommunications policy is now really a field of Digital Policy, with increasing complex and encompassing issues.

 

This panel session is based on contributions from leading scholars in the field, joined by young and growing researchers in the field, addressing question such as:

 

-        How would you define and scope the broad field of telecommunications policy, and the emerging field Digital Policy?

-        What have been the major research issues in the past?

-        What are the current major research issues?

-        What are the most promising and relevant future research problems? And what are the most interesting theory domains to address these future problems? What should be the focus of the emerging field Digital Policy?

 

The session will include not only personal reflections of the contributors, but also time for cross-panel discussions and Q&A with the audience. The panel will include topical presentations that bear on the specific theme of the panel, plus presentations that analyze each of the questions raised in-depth. A mixture of perspectives from junior and senior researchers will be offered.

 

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