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.

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.

Workstreams and Panels

P = Panel

SA = Standalone

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Workstream Panel Abstract
1. Public Engagement   P5    The IF Campaign and Public Engagement with Global Poverty: An Evaluation

David Hudson

P13    NGOs and Development Communications in the 21st Century

Susanna    Pickering-Saqqa,
Rachel Hayman
P19    Visual Images and Popular Representations of Development

Uma Kothari
2. Fragile States  P8    The relationship between service delivery and state-building in fragile and conflict-affected situations: evidence from the first round of an original panel survey

Maryam Mohsin

P10    Operating Space for NGOs in Fragile Contexts

Rachel Hayman
3. Challenges of Sustainability and Development       P1    Who Wants to Give Forever? Giving Meaning to Sustainability in Development

Ben Taylor
P20    Is 'Climate Compatible Development' possible?

Fiona Nunan,
Emily Boyd
P33    Environmental Policy Issues

SA25    Livelihood Diversification as a Strategy for economic and environmental sustainability in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia

Joseph Assan
SA12    Challenges for measuring the state of the environment in developing countries: A literature review

Katharina    Stepping
SA14    Transnational Hegemonic Water Networks in Water Politics: sustainable development for whom and for what? The Case of El Salvador Carlos Zepeda Castillo

SA16    Are autocrats more environment-friendly than democrats? Comparing environmental wellbeing in different regime types

Katharina Stepping
4. Citizenship and Rationale of Corruption  P2    Rethinking Citizenship in the Global South: Meanings, Practices & New Challenges for Development

Lorenza B  Fontana, Jewellord Nem Singh
P7    The Rationality of Corruption

Undala Alam
5. Innovation and Business   P6    Innovation and Industrialisation in Low Income Countries

Xiaolan Fu
P12    Exploring Links between International Business and Poverty Reduction

Rachel Wilshaw
P17    Evaluating innovations in contract farming
Martin Prowse,
Sobona Mtisi
6. Research Methods, Evidence and Policy  
P3    Power of Evidence on Multi-dimensional Poverty and Poverty Dynamics

Laura Camfield

    Mixed Methods Research in Poverty and Vulnerability Ideas and Learning Lessons
Keetie Roelen

   Negotiating the gap between ground-level understanding and policy influence : applying participatory visual processes to shift the dynamics
Jacqueline Shaw and Clive Robertson
7. Post 2015  
P14    Private sector, Global South and the Post 2015 Agenda

Jose DiBella,
Paula Lucci,
William Smith
P25    Inequality and the Post 2015 Agenda
Sara Murawski

    New Ideas panel
Frances Hill
8. Social Policy, Poverty Reduction and Welfare      
P23    State Role in Welfare Provision in Development Countries: Attacking Extreme Poverty

Mozammel Huq

P26    Children
SA8    What is the value of qualitative longitudinal research with children and young people for international development?
Virginia Morrow

SA13    Child poverty and the life course Paul Dornan

SA15    From Parent to Child: The association between parental resources and child development in Peru
Milo  Vandemoortele

SA20    Children at a crossroads: how economic and social change affect children’s life chances
Kirrily Pells

    Personalising Poverty? The Politics of Wellbeing and Psycho-social Perspectives in International Development
Sarah White
9. Agents of Change


P21    Development Actors

SA9    Saemaul Undong revisited: A case of capacity-building approach for rural community development in South Korea of 1970s
Yunjeong Yang

SA11    The role of local development practitioners:  A study of the Rights Based Approaches to food entitlements
Nita Mishra

SA19    Inspirational Women in Nepal – learning from the Global South
Sara Parker

SA29    What did gender and development ever do for older women?
Valerie Lipman

P30    The Role of Professional Voluntarism in
Development: Creating Sustainable Approaches?
Louise Ackers

    Development actors as human rights defenders
Jonathan Ensor
10. Development Cooperation and Aid Effectiveness       
P9    Budget Support: Evidence on the policies, practices and effectiveness
Geske Dijkstra,
Nadia Molenaers

    Transparency of development cooperation – implementing the commitments made at the Busan high-level forum

Michael Hubbard, Pranay    Sinha
P28    Development Cooperation

SA4    Security for all, development for some? The incorporation of security in UK development policy

Eamonn McConnon
SA23    Polish Development Programme for Ghazni province (Afghanistan). An Evaluation

Jakub Stepien
SA22    Socio-Cultural Determinants of Development Assistance Policy

Katarzyna   Jarecka-Stępień
SA26    East Asian Developmental Regionalism and Foreign Aid

Ji Sun Yi
SA18    Remaking  the South: South-South Cooperation and the internationalisation of the Brazilian ethanol production network

Siobhan McGrath
11. Regional Development issues       P11    ‘Constructing’ Africa

Helen Yanacopulos
P22    New and old challenges of ‘constructing’ development with BRICS

P B    Anand
Shalaija    Fennell
F    Comin

P27    Africa

SA5    Foreign direct investment, employment and wages in Sub-Saharan Africa

Francesco Proto
SA6    Oil and Gas at Ghana’s Door Step: Implications for Socio-Economic Development in the Oil Communities

Augustina Adusah-Karikari
SA21    Effects of Technology and Business Networks on Growth of Firms in a Tailor Cluster, Ethiopia

Ayako Ishiwata
SA24    Elites, Cash Transfers and Sustainability in Malawi

Chipiliro Kalebe
12. Development Studies engagement and infrastructure  P15    ‘Transformative Journeys: Exploring Teaching and Learning on International Development Courses’

Dimitrina Spencer
Laura Rival

P24    Meeting Emerging Global Policy Challenges: What can Social Policy and International Development Studies Learn from Each Other Joe Devine, Stefan Kuhner