2022 Annual Conference

Charting the Way Towards the Knowledge Economy and Society

7-8 December • Co-organised by STARScholars and the University of Mauritius

Many countries have enjoyed decent economic growth over the past decades and many of the developing member countries are expected to attain the middle-income status in the forthcoming decade.

However, this also implies that their development challenges are likely to be more complex; for instance such countries need to avoid becoming stuck in the so called ‘middle-income trap’ or countries are expected to embark on a structural shift, mainly from agriculture to manufacturing and high-productivity services, to cope with the increasing resources constraint and skills limitations. Building knowledge-based economies (K or KBE economy) is believed to the most sustainable way of ensuring strong, long-term growth as knowledge and innovation are widely acknowledged as key drivers of growth and economic development.

It is a well-established fact that the K-economy is fuelled by innovation. Many countries in the developing world face huge challenges to embark on an innovation phase. The COVID 19 pandemic has worsened the situation not withstanding that countries have also to focus on sustainable innovation.

This Conference aims at reflecting on ways and means countries can develop regulatory systems and policies, a sound ecosystem and infrastructure and concrete actions for innovation to thrive. It also aims at discussing the tangible impacts of the K- economy on sustainable development and the society at large. It is clear that the K-economy goes beyond academia and relies on close partnership and interaction amongst local and international stakeholders.

Potential Themes and Topics

  • Quality Education and Research
  • Digitalisation and Technology in Education
  • Regulatory measures and policies
  • Leadership
  • Infrastructure
  • Academia-Industry-Government Partnerships
  • Interactions with Civil Society
  • Financing the K-economy
  • Socio-economic Impacts of the K-economy

Invitation for Oral and Poster Contributions

The conference invites conceptual, empirical research presentations, and country context case studies along the conference theme as well as other related issues from all over the globe. Delegates are invited to present completed research papers and/or work in progress. Submissions and presentations must address both the theoretical and practical implications of the findings. Parallel tracks of refereed presentations will enable authors to obtain constructive feedback on their study. Furthermore, the organisers are hoping to hold a round table and plenary sessions, revolving around the conference theme and regrouping academics, stakeholders and policymakers.

The organizing committee welcomes extended posters, abstracts (600-700 words) and full paper submissions (5000-6000 words) from researchers and practitioners.

Registration

Early Bird Registration fee*: USD 175 (Normal fee: USD 225)

Early Bird Doctoral student fees*: USD 125 (Normal fee: USD 150) 

Online presentation fees: USD 75 (Normal fee: USD 100)

All STAR Scholars will benefit from the Early Bird Registration fee until 15 November 2022.

*Registration is per participant and include lunch, tea breaks and full access to the conference.

Deadlines and Important Dates

Submission of extended abstracts/full papers: 31 July 2022 Notification of review/acceptance: 31 August 2022

Revised extended abstracts/final papers for inclusion in the refereed proceedings: 30 September 2022

REGISTRATION: 15 October 2022 (Early Bird) 15 November 2022 (Normal)

Conference Dates: 7- 8 December 2022, MAURITIUS

Organizing Committee

Conference Co-Chairs: Boopen Seetanah, Viraiyen Teevoovengadum, Mousumi Mukherjee, and VerenaTandrayen-Ragoobur

UoM Members: Nicolas Ragodoo, Archana Bhaw-Luximon, Varsha Mooneeram-Chadee 

Email us at starconference2022@uom.ac.mu