Annual conference: 2013 Annual Conference
University of Birmingham, Edgbaston Campus, Medical School
The DSA Annual Conference 2013 was co-hosted by the University of Birmingham’s International Development Department celebrating their 50th Anniversary. The one day Conference reflected a more democratic process of bringing together current research and thinking on development related issues.
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Presidential Address: "Inequality as a Social Process: Reflections on Asian Experience"
Professor Geof Wood, President of the Development Studies Association and Emeritus Professor, University of Bath
As IDD marks this anniversary, many other development studies departments in the UK have also, or are about to, celebrate similar anniversaries. The conference provided a further occasion as we consider post-2015 deliberations to reflect on the direction and contribution of the UK development studies sector to international development theory and practice.
The conference consisted of new ideas which:
- Analyzed the changing global context of development – including the weak global recovery, continuing differentiation of the South, new forms of international interdependence and patterns of vulnerability, new actors and development partnerships and blocked international multilateralism – and address its implications for international development cooperation and national development policy;
- Linked development thinking and practice with wider debates on economic crisis, climate change, sustainability transitions, inequality, human rights, social movements, democratization, security, technological change and new forms of governance;
- Provided inputs for a post-2015 development agenda, including: assessing the process of formulating post-2015 development goals; lessons from MDG implementation; poverty, inequality and global justice; and the nature of sustainable development goals.