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Asia Pacific Business Review

For a Special Issue on

The Future of Connectivity in Southeast Asia

Abstract deadline
31 October 2024

Manuscript deadline
31 March 2025

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Ruth Banomyong, Centre of Excellence in Connectivity, Thammasat Business School, Thammasat University
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Thanyaporn Soontornthum, Thammasat Institute of Area Studies (TIARA), Thammasat University
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Ingyu Oh, Ewha Womans University, Kansai Gaidai University
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Chris Rowley, Kellogg College, Oxford University; Bayes School of Business, City, University of London
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The Future of Connectivity in Southeast Asia

Theme Overview:

Asia Pacific Business Review invites original research contributions to a special issue on ‘The Future of Connectivity in Southeast Asia’. This issue explores the dynamic connectivity landscape in Southeast Asia, focusing on its economic, social and technological dimensions. Connectivity is critical for regional integration, economic development and sustainable growth, particularly in the rapidly evolving Southeast Asian context (Cockerham 2010; Soontornthum 2016; Fornalé 2018; Fünfgeld 2019; Valockova 2021; Isono and Prilliadi 2023; Banomyong 2024)). Previous studies have focused on the governance issue in ASEAN’s external partners' engagement related to ASEAN’s connectivity initiatives, analytical frameworks and logics of connectivity, cross-border infrastructure investments, geopolitical Implications of connectivity projects, tourism and regional integration. We believe the theme is more dynamic than previously thought and needs further exploration. The issue of ASEAN connectivity is especially timely and critical given the recent changes in geopolitical stability due to the new Cold War and the decoupling of China.

Scope and Objectives:

Southeast Asia is undergoing significant transformations driven by technological advancements, infrastructural developments and shifting geopolitical landscapes. The region's connectivity initiatives, such as the ASEAN Connectivity Master Plan 2025, aim to enhance physical, institutional and people-to-people linkages (ASEAN 2016, 2021). This special issue seeks to address the following critical areas for the post-2025 Connectivity agenda:

  • Digital Connectivity
  • The role of digital infrastructure in fostering economic growth and regional integration (Yoon, Lee and Oh 2023).
  • Impact of emerging technologies (e.g., AI, IoT, blockchain) on connectivity (Ungson and Soorapanth 2022).
  • Challenges and opportunities in digital transformation within Southeast Asia.
  • Infrastructure Development
  • Analysis of major infrastructural projects and their implications for regional connectivity.
  • Financing and policy frameworks supporting infrastructure development.
  • Case studies on successful infrastructure initiatives enhancing regional integration.
  • Economic and Trade Connectivity
  • Regional trade agreements (e.g., RCEP) impact connectivity and economic integration.
  • Cross-border trade facilitation and logistics improvements (Rowley 2013).
  • The role of e-commerce and digital trade in transforming economic connectivity.
  • Social and Cultural Connectivity
  • The influence of connectivity on social cohesion and cultural exchange.
  • Educational exchanges and mobility of talent across borders.
  • Initiatives promoting people-to-people connectivity and regional identity.
  • Geopolitical and Security Dimensions
  • The geopolitical implications of connectivity projects in Southeast Asia (De Lombaerde et al. 2024)
  • Regional security challenges and their impact on connectivity.
  • Strategic responses to geopolitical shifts affecting regional linkages.

Submission Instructions

We welcome high-quality theoretical and empirical papers, including but not limited to original research articles, review papers, case studies, and analytical models. Submissions should provide valuable insights and practical implications for academia, industry and policymakers.

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