Helsinki, Finland

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15.1.2016: Deadline for abstracts
1.1.2016: Registration opens
2.2.2016: Deadline for papers
8.2.2016: Registration closes


Development Day Conference and Side Events

10 FEBRUARY 2016

UniPID DocNet: the Finnish development research doctoral network launch and workshop

UniPID DocShop 2016: “Towards excellent PhD supervision in development research”

Venue: Tieteiden talo/House of Science and Letters, Helsinki
Time: February 10, 2016, at 14:00 – 17:00


  • to discuss the elements of good PhD supervision in development research, and
  • to identify the challenges for supervision brought by the current developments in academia and possible solutions and ways of tackling them

11 FEBRUARY 2016

DEVELOPMENT DAY CONFERENCE: Making Alternatives Visible: Resisting and Reshaping the Mainstream

Venue: House of Science and Letters, Main Conference Room (104), Ground Floor/ Kirkkokatu 6, Helsinki

Registration 8.15 – 9.00
Plenary 9.00 – 11.45

8.15 – 9.00 Registration and Coffee, House of Science and Letters, Kirkkokatu 6, Ground Floor
9.00 Opening words by Dr. Marikki Stocchetti, Chair of the Finnish Society for Development Research & Secretary General of the Finnish Development Policy Committee

UniPID-Finnish Society for Development Research MA Award

  • ” Life on Ukara” speech by the winner Tomi Lounio, University of Helsinki

9.30 – 10.15 Realising Justice
Keynote speech by Professor Neera Chandhoke, Department of Political Science, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

10.15 – 10.25 Commenting Remarks by Prof. Barry Gills, University of Helsinki

10.25 – 11:45 Making Alternatives Visible Panel and Open Discussion with the Audience

  • Professor Neera Chandhoke
  • Professor Barry Gills
  • PostDoctoral Researcher Eija Ranta, Swedish School of Social Science, Helsinki
  • Univeristy Lecturer Diego García Osorio, Universidad Autónoma de México

11.45 – 12.00 Presentation of the Nordic Africa Research Network NARN by Dr. Proscovia Svärd, Network coordinator,

  • Lunch break –

Working Groups
Venue: House of Science and Letters, Seminar rooms 3-4th floor / Kirkkokatu 6, Helsinki

13.00 – 17.15 Working groups 1-8, parallel sessions (with coffee break)

17.00 – 17.30
“Kehityksen tutkimus” – Book launch (Uudistetun oppikirjan julkaisutilaisuus)
Venue: Tiedekahvila-café, House of Science and Letters

17.30 – Finnish Society for Development Research (FSDR) Annual Meeting
Open for old and new members (venue : Seminar room 312)

20.00 – Informal Gathering at restaurant Juttutupa (Säästöpankinranta 8, Helsinki).


12 FEBRUARY 2016

Development Day Master’s Student Workshop

Venue: House of Science and Letters, Room 312, Kirkkokatu 6, Helsinki

Workshop sessions for Master’s students’ presentations and feedback by our speakers and senior scholars.

9.00 – 15:00 Student presentations and discussions with a joint lunch break

Coordinators: University Lecturer and docent in Development Geography Dr. Paola Minoia, University of Helsinki and PostDoctoral Researcher Eija Ranta, Swedish School of Social Science, Helsinki