Programme

Preliminary Programme for the Development Days Conference, 1516 February 2024

Theme: Crises and Futures of/in Development

Venue: University of Helsinki, Helsinki

Organisers: Finnish Society for Development Research (FSDR), in collaboration with UniPID–the Finnish University Partnership for International Development, the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Helsinki, and the Inequality & Development Working Groups of the Young Scholars Initiative at the Institute for New Economic Thinking (YSI-INET)

 

Wed 14.2.     Pre-Conference UniPID Doc Shop for PhD students: How to make an impact?

Research based policymaking and advocacy

13.00–13:05 Opening words

13:05–14:00 Panel discussion

14:00–14:15 Coffee break

14:15–14:30 Discussion groups

14:30–15:00 Reporting back, Q&A session

15:00–15:30 End of the session

 

Thu 15.2.        Conference Day 1

08:30–09:00   Conference registration

09:00–09:30   Opening ceremony: Welcome and opening words by FSDR Conference Chairs Bonn Juego and Tiina Seppälä

09:30–10:15    Keynote lecture I: Professor Barry K. Gills, University of Helsinki

“Reflections on (a) Life in Development”

10:15–11:30    Roundtable in Honour of Professor Barry K. Gills

11:30–12:45    Lunch break

12:4514:15   Working groups / Session I:

  • WG 5: Reflections on views of global responsibility—Finding tools to bridging divides (session 1)
  • WG 7: Green transition — pathway for equal and just planetary futures? (session 1)
  • WG 9: Master’s Workshop: Thesis Writing about Development (session 1)

14:1514:30   Coffee break

14:3016:00   Working groups / Session II:

  • WG 5: Reflections on views of global responsibility—Finding tools to bridging divides (session 2)
  • WG 7: Green transition — pathway for equal and just planetary futures? (session 2)
  • WG 9: Master’s Workshop: Thesis Writing about Development (session 2)

16:30–18:30    Annual meeting of the Finnish Society for Development Research (FSDR)

19:00–20:00    City of Helsinki Reception, Old Court House, Empire room, Aleksanterinkatu 20, during which the Development Research MA Award will be announced, presented by UniPID representative, followed by a short speech by the winner of the Award

Fri 16.2.          Conference Day 2

09:15–09:30    Opening words

09:30–10:15    Keynote lecture II: Professor Jayati Ghosh, University of Massachusetts Amherst

“Development in the Time of Climate Crisis”

10:15–10:30    Commenting remarks – Professor Teivo Teivainen, University of Helsinki

10:30–10:45    Q & A / Open discussion

10:45–11:00   Break

11:00–12:30   Working groups / Session III:

  • WG 3: Ecological Restoration Through Tree Planting in the Global South
  • WG 4: Challenges of Women in Developing Frontier Regions
  • WG 6: Political imagination of development

12:30–13:30   Lunch break

13:30–15:00.  Working groups / Session IV:

  • WG 1: Crisis and futures of ‘civil society’ in development
  • WG 2: Development towards an unequal future? Rethinking development for a fair future
  • WG 8:Students Against Cuts activist forum

15:00–15:15   Coffee break

15:15–16:00   Keynote III: Professor Alfredo Saad-Filho, King’s College London

“Neoliberalism in Crisis: Challenges and Alternatives”

16:00–16:15   Commenting remarks – Professor Markus Kröger, University of Helsinki

16:15–16:30   Q & A / Open discussion

16:30–17:00   Concluding words

17:00–            Free get-together