2014: DSA annual conference
The DSA's annual conference in 2014 took place at the Institute of Education, London.
Download the conference programme (PDF)
2014 is a very important year for development studies. Global discussions on a post-2015 development agenda are taking place within a context in which the global economic recovery remains fragile; global challenges associated with environmental sustainability and climate change are increasingly evident and urgent; there is increasing global economic differentiation along with increasing global interdependence, with mass poverty at the bottom related to massive inequality in the division of benefits and risks along global value chains; and armed conflicts in the Middle East and Ukraine as well as the Ebola outbreak in West Africa are reinforcing a common sense of a world risk society. At the same time, there is a lack of confidence in mainstream international and national development practices. Business as usual is widely regarded as unacceptable. But consensus around workable alternatives remains elusive, and priority goals remain contested with old North-South divisions being reconfigured in disagreements over how best to address new global issues.
In our open call for papers for the annual DSA conference, we encouraged DSA Colleagues and Panel Convenors not simply to address the on-going process of creating a post-2015 development agenda but also to bring forward new ideas and research which may:
- Analyze the changing global context of development - including the nature of 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;
- Link 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;
- Reflect on the significance, content and possible implications of the post-2015 global development agenda, including: assessing the process of formulating post-2015 goals; lessons from MDG implementation; global governance of poverty and inequality; and the nature of sustainable development goals.
We also underlined that that two themes, raised at the DSA Heads of Centres Meeting in January 2014 were ripe for further exploration within the context of the Conference, namely:
- Defining Development Studies and the role of Higher Education for a post 2015 world
- Strengthening NGO - Academic relationships
The 12 thematic workstreams:
- The Post-2015 Process
- Governance and the State Poverty
- Anti-poverty Policy and Inclusive Development
- Gender, Migration and Participation
- Children and Youth
- Rising Powers
- Industrialization, Innovation and Policy
- Local Development, Sustainability and Resilience
- Current NGO Practices: North and South
- Media and Representations of Development
- NGO-Academic Partnerships
- Development Studies and Development Research