Kehitystutkimuksen päivät

Seura järjestää vuosittain kansainvälisen konferenssin, joka keskittyy ajankohtaisiin kehityskysymyksiin. Konferenssit ovat keskeisimpiä kehitystutkimusta harjoittavien ihmisten ja yhteisöjen kohtaamispaikkoja Suomessa. Seura tekee myös yhteistyötä Pohjoismaisten sisarseurojensa kanssa.

Vuoden 2019 konferenssi järjestetään 27.2.-1.3. Helsingissä:

Repositioning global development: changing actors, geographies and ontologies

27.2-1.3.2019, House of Science and Letters (Tieteidentalo), Helsinki, Finland


Among some of the most pressing global problems today are: i) the widening social inequalities within and between countries; ii) environmental pollution, ecological crises and conflicts over land and other resources; iii) migration, and the rise of extremism and populism; and iv) technological change contributing to increased risks to personal security and safety. While these issues are of complex origins, they are linked to globalization and the dominant global development model, in which corporate and individualistic interests stand above social and environmental ones, and logics, values and interests of Western countries stand above those of other countries. The magnitude of the crises linked to these global problems have led some academics, and some politicians to rethink their political and economic strategies and agendas.

At the same time, recent years have witnessed simultaneous trends of weakening of established global economic and political leadership on the one hand, and the emergence of new economic powers on the other. This has led to the ascent of new actors in the global development arena, most notably China, India and Brazil. They and many others are rapidly emerging from what the conventional economic model had labelled as ‘disadvantaged’ parts of the world, and are increasingly playing a key role in development processes worldwide. The crossroads at which humanity stands today requires a shift in development logics and paradigm. In this conference, we will discuss alternative development strategies and the role of emerging actors in development across multiple scales. Contributions from various disciplines, including human geography, environmental politics, development studies, sociology and institutional economics are called upon to discuss themes and questions, such as:

1. To what extent do global power shifts entail possibilities for more democratic—or conversely, more authoritarian—global governance?

2. What are the potentials of development and cooperation programmes in which problems and solutions emerge from geographical, societal, and gender-based margins?

3. Can we expect more socially and environmentally just, equality-laden and economically viable futures in the context of shifting geographies of development?

We invite scholars and practitioners with an interest in these broader questions to contribute with sessions and workshops. Appreciated are contributions that address one or more of the following themes:

  • The emergence of new conceptual framings, which go beyond sustainability, economic growth and anthropocentric philosophy. For instance, thoughts and ideas based on, and inspired by, degrowth, radical ecological democracy, feminism and decolonization of development are valued.
  • Emerging and changing narratives, policies and practices, responding to changing conditions in global development.
  • Social, psychological, political and institutional transformations as prerequisites for development paradigm shift.
  • Finally, examples of emerging trends in South-South cooperation, in terms of actors, issues and impacts.

The conference will serve as a platform to share research findings and experiences, as well as to develop new ideas and strategies for shifting development narratives and agendas, for reconnecting actors from different scales, and critically examining and redefining the meanings and logics of development. We welcome development scholars from a plurality of disciplines and critical theories, as well as practitioners from a broad range of professional backgrounds to explore ways to engage in progressive debates of building bridges between actors, scales, movements and societies at multiple levels and beyond global-local binaries.

We kindly invite you to submit your proposals for sessions by email to:, with the following subject of the message: “WG proposals for Dev Days 2019”. Proposals should not be longer than 500 words and should include the following information: 1. Title, 2. Chair/s of the session and their contact details, 3. Short description of aims, focus and content: and 4. Key questions to be addressed. The deadline for session proposals is 31.10.2018.

More information can be found on the conference website.


2018 The Politics of Sustainability: Re-thinking resources, values and justice (15.-16.2.2017)

Järj. Kehitystutkimuksen seura

*Pääpuhujat: Jesse Ribot (University of Illinois), Sian Sullivan (Bath Spa University)and Jun Borras (Erasmus University Rotterdam).

2017 Authoritarianism and Development (16.-17.2.2017)

Järj. Kehitystutkimuksen seura

*Pääpuhujat: Boris Kagarlitsky ja Susanne Dahlgren

2016 Making alternatives visible: Resisting and reshaping the mainstream (11.-12.2.2016)

Järj. Kehitystutkimuksen seura

*Pääpuhuja: Neera Chandhoke (katso video)

2015 Rethinking Responsibility in Development: Contested Relations between Citizens, States and Corporations (12-13.2.2015)

Järj. Kehitystutkimuksen seura, Politiikan ja talouden tutkimuksen laitos (Helsingin Yliopisto), LYY Institute (Itä-Suomen yliopisto), University of Helsinki Global South Network (HUGS), University Partnership for International Development (UniPID).

* Pääpuhujat: Dinah Rajak ja Bernadetta Killian

2014 Inclusion/Exclusions? Communities, Identities and Value Systems Reconsidered (12.2.2014)

Järj. Kehitystutkimuksen seura, Politiikan ja talouden tutkimuksen laitos (Helsingin Yliopisto), Youth and Political Engagement in Contemporary Africa -hanke, University of Helsinki Global South Network (HUGS), University Partnership for International Development (UniPID).

* Pääpuhujat: Barry Gills (Helsingin Yliopisto) ja Claudia Mitchell (McGill University, Kanada/Kwa-Zulu Natal, Etelä-Afrikka)

2013 Knowing development – Developing Knowledge? (14.-15.11.2013)

Järj. Kehitystutkimuksen seura,  The Association of Development Researchers in Denmark, The Norwegian Association for Development Research, The Finnish University Partnership for International Development, UniPID, Aalto-Yliopisto, KEPA, Helsingin yliopisto Kehitystutkimuksen oppiaine, Kehitystutkimuksen tohtorikoulu DEVESTU

* Pääpuhujat: Ritva Vainikka (Maailmanpankki) ja professori David Mosse (SOAS, University of London, Iso-Britannia), Alice Ndidde (Makerere University, Uganda), Robert Chambers (IDS, University of Sussex, Iso-Britannia), Göran Hydén (University of Florida, USA) ja Lisa Ann Richey (Roskilde University, Tanska).

2013 Civil Society and Development (8.2.2013)

Järj. KEPA, University of Helsinki Global South Network (HUGS), Itä-Suomen Yliopiston LYY-instituutti, Jyväskylän yliopisto, Development and International Cooperation -maisteriohjelma ja Helsingin Yliopisto, Kehitystutkimuksen oppiaine.

* Pääpuhujat: Henning Melber (Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation), Sisay Alemahu (Åbo Akademi) ja Mahdi Abdile (Kirkon Ulkomaanapu)

2012 Citizenship Transformations in a Global World (11.-12.2.2012)

Järj. Kehitystutkimuksen seura, UniPID, Nuorisotutkimusverkosto, Helsinki University Global South-verkosto ja Politiikan ja Talouden Tutkimuslaitos (Helsingin yliopisto).
* Pääpuhujat: Mervat Hatem (Howardin yliopisto, USA), Teivo Teivainen (Helsingin yliopisto), Sian Lazar (Cambridge, Iso-Britannia), Carles Feixa (Lleidan yliopisto, Espanja) ja Geoffrey Pleyers (Louvainin yliopisto, Belgia).

2011 Reframing Sustainability? Climate Change and North-South Dynamics (10.-11.2.2011)

Järj. Kehitystutkimuksen Seura, UniPID, Politiikan ja Talouden Tutkimuslaitos (Helsingin yliopisto), Suomen Ympäristökeskus, Kehitysyhteistyön Palvelukeskus, Siemenpuu Säätiö ja International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
* Pääpuhujat: Arun Agrawal (Michiganin yliopisto, USA), Shalmali Guttal (Focus on the Global South, Thailand), Markku Kanninen (Helsingin yliopisto), René Orellana (Bolivia) ja Petri Pellikka (Helsingin yliopisto).

2010 Crises, Conflicts and Development: Multifaceted Perspectives to Security (11.-12.2.2010)

Järj. Kehitystutkimuksen Seura, UniPID, Kriisinhallintakeskus (CMC Finland) ja Kehitysmaatutkimuksen laitos (HY).
* Pääpuhujat: Aili Tripp (Wisconsinin yliopisto, Madison, USA), Michaelle Browers (Wake Forestin yliopisto, USA), Wim Naudé (UNU WIDER) ja Elnour Abdalla Elsiddig (Khartoumin yliopisto, Sudan).

2009 Knowledge, Development and Academic Partnerships (19.-21.2.2009)

Järj. Kehitystutkimuksen seura ja UniPID (blogi)
* Pääpuhujat: Stephen Simukanga (Sambian yliopisto, Sambia), Seppo Hölttä (Tampereen yliopisto), Tania Li (Toronton yliopisto, Kanada) ja Giles Mohan (Open University, Iso-Britannia)

2008 Development, Justice and Governance: New Challenges in the Global South (24.-25.4.2008)

Järj. Kehitystutkimuksen seura, Kehitysmaatutkimuksen laitos (HY) ja EADI.
* Pääpuhujat: Stephanie Barrientos (Manchesterin yliopisto, Iso-Britannia), David Demeritt (Lontoon yliopisto, Iso-Britannia) ja Severine Rugumamu (Dar es Salaamin yliopisto, Tansania).

2007 Development Studies: Landscapes and Horizons (16.-17.2.2007)

Järj. Kehitysmaatutkimuksen laitos (HY) (www)
* Pääpuhujat: Terence Ranger (Oxfordin yliopisto, Iso-Britannia) ja Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan (l’Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences, Ranska).