The WAPOR Asia Pacific Sixth Annual Conference was hosted and co-organized by the Centre for Social Research and Methods (CSRM) at The Australian National University, with the Local Conference Chair Prof. Nicholas Biddle, Associate Director of CSRM and 2023 WAPOR Asia Pacific Conference Chair Prof. Holli Semetko (Emory University, USA). 

Conference Theme: Public Opinion Research and the Social, Political, Security &Technology Challenges facing the Asia and Pacific Region

The 2023 WAPOR Asia Pacific conference theme focused on public opinion research and the social, political and security challenges facing the Asia and Pacific region in our technology driven world. We welcomed submissions based on quantitative, experimental and computational methods, mixed methods, as well as qualitative methods. The first day of the conference consisted on career workshops, followed by two days of in-person panel sessions. We also had virtual presentations from those unable to attend in person. Submissions from contexts and countries outside the Asia Pacific region were also welcome.

Presentation topics included, but were not limited to:

  • Social research methodology, applications and techniques

  • Public opinion research, traditional and new venues and vendors

  • Disinformation, misinformation AI &conspiracy theories

  • Political campaigning, elections &voting behavior

  • Political parties, candidates, leaders, issues

  • Social media, advertising and online influence campaigns

  • News, politics and social trust

  • Mental health, public health

  • Peace, security and economic issues

  • Human values

  • Change and stability in opinions, attitudes and beliefs

  • The uses and impacts of internet technologies and social media platforms on society, politics, commerce

  • Blockchain, security and trust

  • Technology regulation, data privacy, public opinion

  • (Cyber)security, (cyber)diplomacy and (cyber)conflict

  • Global governance and human security issues such as the environment and climate change; war and conflict; poverty, inequality and human rights