Joint Nordic Development Research Conferences

Joint Nordic Conference on Development Research

The Conference took place june 2019 in Copenhagen. Informaion on the conference will be included in FAUs newsletter FAU-nyt. FAU-Nyt will come out in August 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 took place from 27-28th June 2019. The program can be accessed here



Workshops and Panels 

Information on the different workshops and panels can be accessed here.



Call For Papers 

The deadline for abstract submission have been passed.

The deadline for final paper submission is on the 3rd of June. Read more here


Keynote Speakers

Information regarding keynote speakers can be accessed here

Resource persons 

Information regarding resource persons will follow shortly. 

Travel Bursary 
Information on travel bursaries cane be accessed here


Information regarding the venue can be accessed here.  


Lodging &Transport

Information regarding lodging & transport can be accessed here


Special Issue of Forum for Development Studies

Information regarding this special issue can be found here.



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



April 2019

Conference registration is now open - see here


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)