Working Group 2: Development towards an unequal future? Rethinking development for a fair future

Chair(s): Young Scholars Initiative (YSI)

In a decoupling world, where inequality continues rising and enduring challenges like poverty and environmental degradation reaching critical points, it is imperative to reevaluate the developmental paradigms and strategies for the future. For this purpose, the YSI Working Groups on Development and Inequality invite young scholars working on the fields of inequality and development to present their innovative research findings and theoretical developments that contribute to reimagining the future of development within an increasingly complex landscape.

We enthusiastically welcome submissions from postgraduate and early career researchers that explore a wide spectrum of themes, including but not limited to:

• Critical appraisals of conventional development methodologies and the urgency for alternative approaches.

• Innovative strategies for mitigating poverty and inequality, encompassing social safety nets, participatory development models, and community-driven initiatives.

• The intricate interplay between inequality, climate change, and environmental degradation and their profound implications for the developmental agenda.

We encourage prospective authors to adopt a critical and heterodox perspective towards development, drawing upon diverse disciplinary lenses such as economics, sociology, political science, and development studies. Moreover, we eagerly anticipate contributions that amplify the voices and experiences of marginalized communities and societal segments.

Submitted papers should adhere to a range between 3,000 to 5,000 words. Applicants are given either the opportunity of presenting their paper on a round table with a senior scholar or presenting their paper in a poster session open to participants. Please submit your abstract (up to 500 words) through the below Form by 11th December. Should your abstract be accepted, you will be invited to submit a full paper by 15th January. Successful applicants will receive a travel scholarship and accommodation in Helsinki.

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