DSA Ireland Annual Conference 2016: Call for Papers now closed!

Issued 17 May 2016

Beyond Aid? Innovative Models for Social Justice

Extended Deadline for Submissions: 21 October 2016

The Development Studies Association Ireland (DSA Ireland) is pleased to inform you that the call for abstracts/papers for this year`s conference, "Beyond Aid? Innovative Models for Social Justice" (Dublin, 24-25 November), has been extended. 

The DSA Ireland Annual Conference 2016 will seek to inform, explore and dialogue with alternative development paradigms. To go ‘beyond aid’ we will open up a space for reflection and debate on innovative models and practices to achieve social justice. The Irish common sense around development – shared to a large extent by government, non–governmental organisations and academia-  needs to open up to new voices.  The pressing issues of the day, from global inequality and global warming, to the enduring levels of gender inequity and the rise of the BRICs, require fresh thinking and innovative strategies.

The DSA Ireland Annual Conference 2016 will look to address the following questions amongst others:

  • Does the dominant economic model actually cause conflict in the South, for example around land grabbing and resource exploitation? How can this be changed?
  • Have the development NGOs shifted from an empowering perspective to a role supporting the dominant model? If so, how might that be addressed and what would the implications be?
  • Does the Western model of civil society and civil society strengthening marginalize local representative social structures and therefore reduce the potential for independent development and indigenous modernization?
  • Does development assistance perpetuate dependency by reproducing dominant structures? If so how can dependency be reduced other than through de-linking? What are the options here?
  • Do international development strategies such as the SDGs miss the need for industrial policy in the South? Would they be able to be integrated? What are the options here?                                                                                                                                                                         
  • Does the post-development perspective offer an alternative to the dominant model or is it just a critique? Do the NGOs work with social movements that see themselves as ‘post development’?

We are calling for abstracts/papers from established researchers, early career researchers, policy-makers, practitioners, and post-graduate students addressing these and related topics. 

Submissions may take the form of research findings, evaluations of programmes and projects, lessons from the field, or other forms of systematic learning on development issues. Submissions are most welcome from both researchers based in institutions of higher education and/or other research institutes and development practitioners working in the sector.

The conference will include plenary sessions with panels of invited international and national speakers. Abstracts will be considered for oral presentations, as part of conference panels.

Abstracts must not exceed 300 words and should conform to the guidelines. Please view the abstract guidelines here. All abstracts need to be submitted by e-mail to: by Friday, 21 October 2016.

Authors will be informed of the outcome of the selection process by Friday, 28 October 2016. If selected for presentation, authors will be invited to submit their presentation/full paper no later than Friday, 4 November 2016. Please view the paper guidelines here.

All papers submitted by the ‘Call for Papers’ deadline, will be considered for ‘The Robert Chambers Award’, which was launched at the DSA Ireland Annual Conference 2014. This award will be given to the most innovative paper presented at the annual DSA Ireland Conference 2016 that has the potential to make a significant contribution to strengthening the empowerment of the world’s poor to achieve just and sustainable development. Further details on the award are available here

There will also be a 'Best Student Paper Award`, which will be given on the basis of a written paper (minimum 3000 words) and the presentation of a paper by a post-graduate student at the DSA Ireland annual conference. This prize will be to the value of €300 and additionally two faculty members, drawn from the DSA Ireland membership or steering committee, will work with the student to develop the paper for publication/further dissemination. Further details on the award are available here.

To register, please click here.

Information about the programme and speakers will be posted shortly on the website.

Conference Venue: Education & Research Centre, Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, Harold’s Cross, Dublin 6W