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Joint Nordic Conference on Development Research

5th Joint Nordic Conference on Development Research

Updated: 13. feb 2019 


‘Knowledge Production in North-South Collaboration: Challenges in an Era of New Global Divides’


27-28th June 2019, Copenhagen


The 5th Joint Nordic Conference on Development Research is hosted by the Copenhagen Business School from 27-28th June 2019. The conference is jointly organised by the associations for development research in Denmark (FAU), Finland (FSDR), Norway (NFU), and a Swedish committee (SDSN).

Asymmetric local and global power relations are on the rise. These include deepening divides between North and South. Politically, academically, socially and on a range of other fronts, Northern governments have increasingly returned to a narrow minded, self-oriented development path. Despite official rhetoric such as the SDGs and the Paris Declaration, the spirit and practice of solidarity is more remote than for years. Restrictions on academic movement, prioritization of North-centred issues and lack of interest in addressing key social and environmental challenges in the South are some of the worrying trends. However, divides and imbalances are not only observable between countries and regions, but emerging within societies across the planet. Elite projects and exclusivist populism are a global phenomenon and affect the well-being of people everywhere.

The 5th Joint Nordic Conference on Development Research aspires to address these trends and challenges through a format including keynote presentations, panels and working groups, roundtables and poster presentations, and to enable dialogue and networking between participants from all parts of the world. We welcome especially contributions that analyse and challenge global divides in the thematic areas of knowledge production; institutions of global governance; distribution of resources and wealth but also of risks; migration and climate change policies; or the formulation and implementation of the SDGs, to name but a few.




The conference will take place from 27-28th June 2019. The program can be accessed here



Workshops and Panels: 

The conference will host 12 panels and workshops over the course of the to days. Information on the different workshops and panels can be accessed here.




There is currently a call for papers for the conference. Read more here


Keynotes and resource persons: 

Information regarding keynotes and resourcepersons will be updated in the following months.

Venue & Lodging:

Information regarding venue and lodging will be updated in the following months.




Information regarding transport to the venue will be updated in the following months.




The deadline for registration to the conference is on the 14th of June 2019. Information regarding how and where to register will be updated in the following months.




For any questions, please contact the FAU assistant Jeppe Skjaerlund at



More information on the conference will follow soon here on



Key dates in 2019:



Call for paper proposals/abstracts


3. March 

Deadline for paper proposals/abstracts


March 2019

Notification of acceptance of papers


March 2019

Conference registration opens


3. June 

Deadline for submission of papers


Early June 2019                 

(Draft) Conference program circulates


June 2019

Deadline for registration


27.-28. June 2019

Joint Nordic Conference on Development Research



Best regards,

Randi Solhjell, NFU (the Norwegian Association for Development Research)

Ilona Steiler, FSDR (the Finnish Society for Development Research)

Henning Melber, NAI & EADI (Nordic Africa Institute & European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes)

Elin Bjarnegaard, (interim SDSN – Swedish Development Studies Network)

Fredrik Söderbaum (Global Studies, Gothenburg)

Sören Jeppesen, FAU (the Association of Development Researchers in Denmark)






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