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Can academia keep up when the world faces new challenges?

News: Aug 20, 2018

Climate change, migration, digitization, poverty and antibiotic resistance. The world is facing both new and re-emerging global challenges that may require us to re-think development.

On Wednesday, August 22, close to 400 international researchers, policy makers and practitioners will gather at the University of Gothenburg for a two-day conference about these issues.

Development Research Conference (DevRes2018) is one of the largest for the field of development research and covers a broad range of topics. This year’s theme is “Re-thinking Development”.

The idea, study, and policy field of ‘development’ emerged in the 1940s, in a time of decolonization, the Cold War, and Euro-centric high modernism. Seventy years later, many new and re-emerging challenges require a re-evaluation of development research. This year’s conference will lift several current issues such as diasporas, digitization, food security, religion, intellectual property, and health surveillance. Among the participants are many academics and practitioners from parts of the world where development issues are highly visible in everyday life and politics.

"Global development issues require collaboration and exchange between researchers from different disciplines, but also between researchers and practitioners from different parts of the world - especially from countries where these issues are constantly evident in everyday life," says Isabell Schierenbeck, deputy head of the School of Global Studies and Chair of the Board at the Centre for Global Migration (CGM) at the University of Gothenburg.

Contact Isabell Schierenbeck for more information about the conference and for contact details to participants: isabell.schierenbeck@globalstudies.gu.se, 031-786 5947

Link to the conference webpage

Social media: #devres18

Facts: Development Research Conference 2018
The conference takes place at the Wallenberg Conference Centre and in the Annedalseminariet, University of Gothenburg, on August 22-23.

The School of Global Studies (SGS) and the Centre for Global Migration (CGM) are the conference organisers, in collaboration with the Swedish Research Council, Sida and the Gothenburg Centre of Globalization and Development (GCGD) at University of Gothenburg.

378 international researchers, policy makers and practitioners will take part, including many participants from the Global South (countries in Latin America, Africa and parts of Asia).


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