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7th Annual ARNOVA-Asia Conference

The Roles of Nonprofit Organizations for Sustainable Civil Society

July 7-8, 2023 - Japan Standard Time JST ┃ Convened Virtually

Hosted by:
Kwansei Gakuin University - color
Supporting Organization:

Thanks for joining us!

We were pleased to welcome you to the 2023 ARNOVA Asia Conference, which was held virtually from Japan on July 7-8, 2023. 


ARNOVA is a U.S.-based, international association that connects scholars, educators, and practice leaders to strengthen the field of nonprofit and philanthropic research to improve civil society and human life. ARNOVA is a neutral, open forum committed to strengthening the research about and helping shape better practice in these realms.

Call for Papers: 2023 ARNOVA-Asia Special Issue

of Nonprofit Policy Forum


The journal Nonprofit Policy Forum invites papers for a special issue dedicated to the theme of the 2023 ARNOVA-Asia conference.

ARNOVA-Asia 2023 Opening Plenary

"Building an Asian Nonprofit Research Community for Sustainable Civil Society"


10:00-12:00 JST(UTC+9) | July 7, 2023

ARNOVA-Asia 2023 Closing Plenary

"Towards a New Comparative Civil Society Project in Asia"


19:00-20:30 JST (UTC+9) | July 8, 2023



The 2023 ARNOVA Asia Conference theme is “The Roles of Nonprofit Organizations for Sustainable Civil Society” which looks into the challenges and exploring of nonprofit organizations to seek advanced collaborations with governments and corporations as well as gaining voluntary actions and philanthropy. In particular, we welcome empirical and theoretical studies addressing the following three broad issues: civic engagement, partnerships in public service delivery, and nonprofit sustainability in post-disaster recovery. In addition, we are experiencing new and difficult situations, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as more disasters striking and economies facing volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA). These changes facing the nonprofit field increase the need to expand our research paradigm and employ more inclusive strategies that comprehensively cover behaviors and organizations outside our traditional scope.

2023 Asia theme-Light_Background

We invite conference submissions from academic researchers, practitioners, and emerging scholars that address this conference theme. Topics to be discussed cover a wide range of issues related to nonprofit, charity, philanthropy, and social economy, including, but not limited to:

  • Giving & Volunteering
  • Corporate Philanthropy
  • Policy Advocacy and Civic Engagement
  • Nonprofit Governance and Management
  • Human and Financial Resource Management of Nonprofit Organizations
  • Collaborations & Partnerships within and across Sectors
  • Social Enterprises and entrepreneurs
  • Nonprofit Innovation & Impact
  • New Technologies, Big Data, Digitalization, and Civil Society
  • Disaster Mitigation, Recovery, and Management
  • COVID-19 and Civil Society
  • Beyond Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Other Related Significant Topics

Academic Committee members

*Listed in alphabetical order of last names.

Khaldoun AbouAssi‬
Khaldoun AbouAssi

American University

Michal Almog-Bar

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Ling Han

Chinese University of Hong Kong

Bok Gyo Jeong_resized
Bok Gyo Jeong

Kean University

Virginia - Sabith Khan
Sabithulla Khan

California Lutheran University

Mirae Kim
Mirae Kim

George Mason University

Sung-Ju Kim

North Carolina State University

Rikio Kimura

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU)

Sungdae Lim
Sungdae Lim

Sam Houston State University

Helen Liu_resized
Helen Liu

National Taiwan University

Alisa Moldavanova 2023
Alisa Moldavanova

University of Delaware

Yuko Nishide
Yuko Nishide

Tohoku University

Tamaki Onishi

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Takafumi Tanaka
Takafumi Tanaka

Tokyo Gakugei University

Yang Li
Li Yang

Beijing Normal University

Advisory Board

Wolfgang Bielefeld
Wolfgang Bielefeld

Indiana University

Dwight Burlingame

Indiana University

Chao Guo of The University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice
Chao Guo

University of Pennsylvania

Shariq Siddiqui

Indiana University

Mark Sidel College of Law
Mark Sidel

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Naoto Yamauchi

Osaka University and Japan Institute for Public Policy Studies

Important Dates

  • Deadline for proposal submission (no more than 500 words): March 31, 2023 - Extended April 17th, 2023
  • Registration open: April 1, 2023
  • Notification of acceptance: May 1, 2023 - Between May 19 or earlier
  • Registration for presenters (to include the program): May 20, 2023
  • Program publication: June 1, 2023
  • Deadline for full paper: June 20, 2023
  • Conference: July 7-8, 2023 - Japan Standard Time JST

Host Organizations & Conveners

yu ishida

Professor, School of Human Welfare Studies, Kwansei Gakuin University


Associate Professor, Graduate School of Information Sciences, Tohoku University

Local Host Committee Members

Arata Kojima, Arizona State University

Ebe Daigo, University of Tsukuba

Hidehiro Yamamoto, University of Tsukuba

Katsunori Sato, Kagawa University

Keiko Yokoyama, Kansai University

Li Yanyan, Komazawa University

Megumi Kojima, Ritsumeikan University

Sae Okura, University of Tsukuba

Takako Nakajima, Osaka University of Commerce

Takayuki Yoshioka, Okayama University

Tamaki Onishi, University of North Carolina at Greensboro


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