2019 APPAM International Conference



Public Policy in an Era of Rapid Change

The 2019 APPAM International Conference in Barcelona, Spain will be held on July 29 – 30, 2019. The Johns Hopkins University - University Pompeu Fabra (JHU-UPF) Public Policy Center will co-host the conference. The conference will host over 50 sessions and three plenaries. Attendees can also enjoy receptions and generous lunch schedules for optimal networking opportunities.

The conference’s programming is inspired by this philosophy: There are new and emerging global challenges that warrant pragmatic and evidence-informed policy responses. Major political changes have been occurring on both sides of the North-Atlantic and other parts of the world, and new political forces have appeared that have impacted the context in which policies are being developed. These new realities create tremendous opportunities for public and social policies that respond to an array of political, economic, and social changes. Moreover, the beginning of the twenty-first century has seen the spectacular growth of social inequalities among and within countries. Each of these challenges have had an enormous impact on the quality of life, social well-being, and health populations, in addition to economic and political impacts.


Travel Info    Preliminary Program     Schedule at a Glance    Presenter Guidelines     Important Dates


NEW! Postconference Workshop with Health Impact Project   


Attendee Type Early (4/1 - 5/22) Regular (5/23 - 7/18) Onsite (7/29 - 7/30)
Professional Member $260 $360 $415
Student Member* $115 $140 $165
Non-Member $315 $420 $460


Registration includes continental breakfasts, lunches and receptions.

*Students who are not APPAM members must first become APPAM members in order to register at the Student Member rate above.  APPAM student membership is $40.



Travel Information

We do not have a hotel room block for our 2019 International Conference.  Click on the map above to view hotels near the conference site, along with their rates and distances from the conference site.  The conference will be presented at:

The Johns Hopkins University-Roger de Llúria building
Edifici Mercè Rodoreda- Campus Ciutadella UPF
c/ Ramon Trias Fargas, 25-27
08005 Barcelona, Spain

How to get there:

METRO: Line 4 Ciutadella - Vila Olímpica; Line 1 Marina
TRAM: Lines T4, T5 Wellington and Ciutadella-Vila Olímpica
BUS: V27, V21, H16, 92, 36

The recommended airport for accessing the conference location is BCN or Aeropuerto de Barcelona.

Hotel options nearest to the conference site:

H10 Marina Barcelona

Pullman Barcelona Skipper

Ibis Styles Barcelona City Bogatell


Preliminary Program

Our Preliminary Program features descriptions and speaker details of the conference sessions.  It is searchable by day, session type, author, organization, and key words.  


2019 Schedule at a Glance

Monday, July 29th

8:00 am - 9:00 am Breakfast/Registration
9:00 am – 10:30 am

Opening Plenary Session:

Climate and the Ecological Crisis

With global warming trends proceeding at an unprecedented rate and the pace of biodiversity loss at 1,000 times higher than the natural extinction rate, deciding about the character and scale of public policy response to such exceptional circumstances poses considerable challenges. Moreover, the global character of environmental challenges intertwines them with international politics and multi-level governance, and so introduces additional layers of complexity. Policy responses seem to swing between incremental and transformational actions that seek to adapt to changes, or facilitate transitions to more sustainable socio-economic models. This session will present and reflect on the challenges of the science and policy interface around key issues of agriculture, transportation, and water resources, and consider the potential of certain policy responses to the climate and ecological crisis.

Speaker: Tom Burke - Johns Hopkins University

Reactor: James Connelly - Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

10:45 am – 12:15 pm Concurrent Sessions
12:30 pm – 1:15 pm

Special Debate: Evidence-Based Public Policy in an Era of Rapid Change: Is It Feasible? . . . Or Must We Turn to Reasoned Policy by Other Means?

Participants in this plenary will debate the ability of empirical evidence to reliably guide public policy in a rapidly changing world, versus other reasoned criteria for policy choice such as constituent views or civic values.  Scrutinizing the case of K-12 education policy, the first speaker will argue that research on the effectiveness of educational interventions, if creatively designed and undertaken with alacrity, can supply policymakers with reliable and up-to-date information in a fast-paced world.  The second speaker will argue that other, non-evidentiary ways of guiding education policy should be formulated to more quickly and completely reflect rapid changes and produce reliable direction to policy-makers.  The audience will be invited to take sides, as the moderator asks:  “Which of these perspectives do you find convincing—and why?  Where you are not convinced, what’s the problem?”

Moderator: Irma Perez-Johnson - American Institutes for Research


  • Stephen Bell - Westat
  • Brooks Bowden - University of Pennsylvania 
1:15 pm – 2:00 pm Networking Lunch 
2:15 pm – 3:45 pm Concurrent Sessions
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Concurrent Sessions
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Poster & Welcome Reception 


Tuesday, July 30th

8:00 am – 3:30 pm Registration
8:00 am - 9:15 am Morning Refreshments 
9:15 am – 10:45 am

Morning Plenary:

Migration Policy and Its Global Impacts

This plenary will focus on modern migration policies and their impacts around the world.  Speakers will include experts both on US and European migration challenges and the policies designed to ease them.


  • Ayla Bonfiglio - Mixed Migration Center - North Africa


  • Ricard Zapata - Pompeu Fabra University
  • Roger Zetter - University of Oxford 
11:00 am – 12:35 pm Concurrent Sessions
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Networking Lunch
1:45 pm - 3:15 pm Concurrent Sessions
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Closing Plenary:

Structural Determinants of Social Inequities

The increase of social inequalities is one of the largest challenges humankind is facing in the 21st century. Social structural conditions and forces affect the wellbeing, quality of life, and health of the population as well as the generation of social inequities among different social groups and territories. Increasing evidence shows that these inequities exist between and within countries. This interactive plenary session will feature a conversation among the speakers, and between the speakers and audience, about topics such as what research is needed, policies that contributed to and increased inequities by race, gender, and class, among others, and the potential political and policy responses to eliminate these inequities.

Moderator: Lynette Rawlings - The Policy Academies


  • Sylvia Allegretto - University of California, Berkeley
  • Joan Benach - Pompeu Fabra University
  • Vicente Navarro - Pompeu Fabra University
  • Keshia Pollack Porter - Johns Hopkins University
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Closing Reception 


NEW! Postconference Workshop: Advancing Health and Health Equity

Conference sponsor, the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Society of Practitioners of Health Impact Assessment (SOPHIA) are hosting post-conference sessions on July 31, 2019, directly following the APPAM International Conference. 
The Health Impact Project will convene international experts for a one day session called Lessons from Around the Globe to discuss incorporating health considerations in policy decisions across multiple sectors, such as housing, transportation, and education. Plenary and breakout sessions will focus on Health in All Policies (HiAP) models, best practices, and lessons learned, as well as emerging ideas for cross-sector collaboration to advance population health from around the world.
SOPHIA will host a training on health impact assessment (HIA), an adaptable approach that can successfully bring new and valuable perspectives into existing decision-making structures. The goal of HIA is to identify and address potential effects of policies on population health where they would otherwise not be considered. This training will include a broad introduction to the HIA process, interactive exploration of critical concepts through real-world examples, and an emphasis on selecting suitable policy decisions to examine through an HIA approach.
More details and registration links can be accessed here. Participation at the Lessons from Around the Globe Convening is free and attendance at the Health Impact Assessment Training is $110 USD. The registration processes are separate from each other and from the APPAM International Conference registration.


Presenter Guidelines

Our guidelines for poster presenters, and our guidelines for paper presenters and chairs, help to establish expectations for audience engagement and interaction.  


Important Dates

Registration Opens April 1
Early Bird Registration Rate Deadline May 22
Speaker Registration Deadline May 24
Presenter Papers Must Be Uploaded to System July 12
Online Registration and Regular Rate Deadline July 18
2019 International Conference July 29-30


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