Reflecting on development: Global narratives, local realities

SIID would like to announce the call for papers for the 6th Annual Postgraduate Conference, to be held on Thursday 12th March 2015 at the University of Sheffield. The theme for this year’s conference is “Reflecting on development: Global narratives, local realities”. This theme reflects our desire to think critically about the use of development knowledge ‘on the ground’, methodological issues of scaling up and the challenges associated with global development priorities.

Accordingly, we are looking for papers that engage with theoretical, methodological and practical issues in International Development through a variety of topics, which include, but are not limited to:

  • Neo-liberalism, globalisation and the impact of the global financial crisis
  • Participation and empowerment
  • Mobilisation and social justice
  • Climate change, biodiversity conservation and sustainable resource use
  • Global health
  • Education and childhood
  • Technology and Development
  • Governance and institutions
  • Tourism and local economic development
  • Migration, refugees and internally displaced people
  • Human rights
  • Cities of the Global South
  • Knowledge construction

The conference will be organised into closely related panels, each consisting of up to three presentations of 10-15 minutes in length followed by an open forum. We also envisage interactive sessions during the day (for example 3 minute theses, an ideas fair and a practical workshop) Active dialogue will be promoted between postgraduates at different stages in their research – building a greater understanding of research at all levels.

Call for Papers

If you wish to present a paper, please submit an abstract of 250 words to the organising committee ( with the subject heading ‘SIID Conference Abstract’ by Friday 30th January 2015. We welcome submissions based on completed manuscripts and work in progress.
There is a small charge of £15 for all presenters and participants.

Keynote Speaker

We can now confirm that Prof. Diana Mitlin will be the Keynote Speaker for this year’s conference. Diana is Professor of Global Urbanism at the University of Manchester, Principal Researcher with the Human Settlements Group at IIED, and is also Director of Global Urban Research Centre and Associate Director of the Brooks World Poverty Institute.

Best Paper Prize

We are delighted to be repeating the prize for the best paper at the conference. Sponsored by the international, peer-reviewed journal International Development Planning Review (IDPR) the best paper from the conference will have the opportunity to be published – subject to the normal peer-review process but supported by SIID staff and IDPR editor, Dr. Daniel Hammett.

2015 Conference Committee

The Annual Postgraduate Conference is a postgrad-centred, postgrad-led event, and each year the Conference is led by a dedicated committee of postgraduate research students. On the conference committee this year is:

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