International Conference


International Conferences


New Perspectives on Healthy Public Policy 

The 2020 APPAM International Conference was held July 23 - 24 2020, hosted by Toronto University and American University. 

Healthy public policy, or the consideration of population health and health equity in all areas of policy, is vital to the achievement of sustainable and healthy communities. Policies affecting food systems, housing, education, immigration, transportation, employment and social assistance impact the social determinants of health and can have intended and unintended impacts on health and equity. This conference will showcase research examining how programs and policies affect health-related behaviors and outcomes, as well as inquiry into the development and analysis of healthy public policy. Policies and programs studied may have the objective of directly improving health or may affect health indirectly.

For full descriptions of each policy area for submissions, please click here.

Questions about this conference can be directed to Samantha Oliver at  


Future International Conferences

The 2021 International Conference, co-hosted by University of Minnesota and the University of Cape Town and University of the Western Cape, will be held in July, 2021 in Cape Town, South Africa, with the theme: Social Equity in the 21st Century.

Past International Conferences

Public Policy and Rapid Change, July 2019, Barcelona, Spain

Public Policy for Sustainable Metropolitan Development; July 2018, Mexico City, Mexico

Public Policy and Governance Beyond Borders; July 2017, Brussels, Belgium

Inequalities: Addressing the Growing Challenge for Policymakers Worldwide; June 2016, London, England

The Decline of the Middle Classes in the Developed World?September 2014, Segovia, Spain

Collaboration Among Government, Market, and Society: Forging Partnerships and Encouraging Competition; May 2013, Shanghai, China

Improving Education through Accountability and Evaluation: Lessons from Around the World; October 2012, Rome, Italy

Improving the Quality of Public Services: A Multinational Conference on Public Management; June 2011, Moscow, Russia

Migration: A World in Motion: A Multinational Conference on Migration and Migration Policy; February 2010, Maastricht, The Netherlands

Environmental Policy: A Multinational Conference on Policy Analysis and Teaching Methods; June 2009, Seoul, South Korea

Asian Social Protection in Comparative Perspective; January 2009, Singapore