Open Research Calls

DSA Ireland Conference 2016: "Beyond Aid? Innovative Models for Social Justice"

Extented Closing Date for Submissions: 21 October 2016

The Development Studies Association Ireland (DSA Ireland) is pleased to announce the call for abstracts/papers for our annual conference, to take place on 24-25 November 2016 at the Education & Research Centre, Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, Harold’s Cross, Dublin 6W

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 28 October 2016.

Authors will be informed of the outcome of the selection process by 14 October 2016. If selected for presentation, authors will be invited to submit their presentation/full paper no later than 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 availablehere.

EADI NORDIC 2017: "Globalisation at the Crossroads - Rethinking Inequalities and Boundaries

Closing Date for Submissions: 16 January 2017

EADI NORDIC 2017 is a partnership between EADI (European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes), the NFU (Norwegian Association of Development Research) and the University of Bergen. The conference is entitled "Globalisation at the Crossroads - Rethinking Inequalities and Boundaries" and will be held in Bergen, Norway, 20-23 August 2017.

Researchers on development issues are invited to present papers for the EADI NORDIC Conference under the Working Group sessions or the Ad hoc Panels. Papers should be related to the topics of the working group sessions / Ad hoc panels of the conference – there is no facility for standalone papers at this conference. Please consult the session descriptions and use the online submission tool to submit your abstract. Authors will be informed by the organising team no later than 28 February 2017 whether their subject has been accepted. We welcome submissions in English and French.

Please read here the list of panels/sessions carefully before selecting a workshop for participation. You can only apply to ONE workshop. Multiple submissions will be disqualified from the selection process. Please check the conference website here from time to time to see if new panels have been added, or subscribe to the conference e-Newsletter.