WAPOR 75th Annual and WAPOR Asia Pacific 5th Conference

10-15 November 2022 Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Call for Proposals
New Submission Deadline: 1 June 2022


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The World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR) will hold its 75th Annual Conference together with the WAPOR Asia Pacific 5th Annual Conference on 10-15 November 2022 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The WAPOR conference will convene before and overlap with the 5th WAPOR Asia Pacific regional conference.

The conference committee welcomes proposals on topics related to public opinion broadly, especially those related to the conference theme.

Conference Theme: 75 Years of Worldwide Public Opinion Research

This year, WAPOR highlights the role and application of survey research in monitoring public opinion across the world since the end of WWII. This period has witnessed continuous and ongoing innovations in the conduct, analysis and interpretation of public opinion research, and this information is routinely disseminated across the globe. This research has become an essential element of a connected world and is now used to inform citizens, governments, private businesses, and academic researchers on countless topics. At the same time, public opinion research is not without its limitations and its critics.

WAPOR welcomes proposal submissions that deal with these and related issues, in one of three conference formats including panels, research papers and posters. Relevant submissions that focus on all aspects of public opinion and survey research are encouraged. These topics include, but are not restricted to:

  • Good governance and public opinion research
  • Public opinion and public diplomacy
  • Public opinion and policymaking
  • Public opinion and survey research
  • Survey research application
  • News, media, journalism and public opinion
  • Panel, longitudinal and national monitoring surveys in policymaking
  • New technologies and national surveys: challenges in the changing times
  • New sources of information on public opinion and the use of social media
  • Political behavior, participation and culture in survey research
  • Methodological challenges and improvements in the areas of sampling, measurement, survey design and survey response or non-response
  • Challenges of comparative research and International Survey Projects
  • Cross-cultural concerns in data collection and measurement issues
  • Qualitative research in changing times
  • Big data, sentiment analysis and machine learning
  • Digitalization of societies and usage of new sources of information in survey research
  • Data visualization, new technologies and online surveys
  • Best practices for stakeholder research and expert surveys

Submission Process

Proposals for the conference should be submitted electronically by 1 June 2022. Only proposals submitted through the conference platform will be considered.

Abstracts should not exceed 300 words. All submissions for WAPOR must be in English, and all accepted works are to be presented in English. WAPOR and WAPOR Asia Pacific will accept proposals for one of three following conference formats:

Research Papers in oral or poster format generally include a description of the research project with specific research questions or hypotheses, methods, and results, if available at the time of submission.

Most individual research papers will be presented orally in a regular session format. We will also have a poster session, in order to serve participants who prefer this format. The submission system will ask submitters to indicate whether they prefer to give an oral presentation or present their work at the poster session.

Pre-Organized Panel Proposals typically include four or four to five presentations around a common theme. All submissions, including those made as part of a pre-arranged panel, will be required to submit individual abstracts. This will allow the program committee to review the individual submissions and consider these submissions for alternate placement in the program if the pre-arranged panel is not accepted. 

Here are the steps for submitting a panel:

1) Organize your panel. The panel organizer and participants should touch base before submission time and agree on the panel topic and contributions from each speaker.

2) The organizer submits an abstract for the entire panel. The panel organizer needs to submit an abstract via the submission system. The organizer will be asked for a title, panel description, author names, and emails of each presenter. Note: Organizers who themselves plan to present in the panel need to submit in the system twice (first the panel and later their personal paper). An Abstract ID will be provided to the organizer, who must then share this with the panel presenters prior to their individual proposal submission.

3) Each panel participant submits an abstract. Individual panel presenters each need to submit an abstract for their presentation. Select “Paper as part of a panel” as the submission type. This will be used to determine a possible (not guaranteed) place on the program if the pre-arranged panel is not accepted. The Abstract ID (provided by the panel organizer) must be entered in order to submit your paper as part of a specific panel.

In order for a panel to be accepted, at least three of the individual papers must be accepted. If not, accepted proposals may be assigned to a different session. If not, accepted proposals may be assigned to a different session. Please contact us at renae@wapor.org if you have any questions about this, or any, submission type.

 All submitters should receive a system-generated email confirmation of their submission within 24 hours. If this confirmation does not arrive, submitters should log back on to the site to verify that their proposal was submitted correctly in the system. All submitters will be notified of the conference committee’s decision in July 2022.

Available Paper Awards

WAPOR awards and prizes are intended to recognize significant accomplishments in the Public Opinion field. Specifically, we encourage future advancements through student awards and yearly accomplishments for exemplary papers and presentations at the annual conference. There are two types of prizes to be awarded: 1) prizes given to authors who have had their abstracts accepted for presentation at the WAPOR 75th Annual Conference; and 2) an award given to those who submit their papers for inclusion as part of the annual conference program. You can find out more about these prizes HERE.

Queries About the Conference

Questions about the annual conference should be directed to WAPOR Executive Director Renae Reis (renae@wapor.org).

Questions about the WAPOR Asia Pacific conference should be directed to Conference Chair Holli Semetko (holli.semetko@emory.edu).