Knowing Development and Developing Knowledge

April 16, 2013

2nd Nordic Conference for Development Research Deadline for abstracts: 3. June 2013!

UniPID is helping coordinate the 2nd Nordic Conference for Development Research "Knowing Development- Developing Knowledge?".
The conference will be held from November 14- 15th 2013, in Espoo. UniPID is coordinating a working group, Impact of Knowledge? Revisiting the research-policy nexus.

The role of knowledge production in and for development has been under increasing scrutiny. The questions such as "does development aid really work?” or "is there value for the money?” are continuously posed by donors as well as politicians and the general public. The pressures for showing results, outcomes and impacts have grown under the trends such as result-based management and evidence-based decision making. These international trends have been under debate in the Nordic countries as well and tackled in different ways in their development policies and strategies. The search for more systematic knowledge production in terms of monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment has been evident in multilateral, bilateral, and non-governmental development cooperation. At the same time, there has been increasing multidisciplinary debate on the methodologies of knowledge production in such endeavors. The debates have been experimental, participatory and other methodologies have echoed the disciplinary boundaries and general epistemological underpinnings within the multidisciplinary field of development research. In addition to these methodological debates, an increasing body of ethnographic research and theoretical accounts on the knowledge practices, forms of indigenous knowledge, and the knowledge-power configuration in development has been published. Reflecting on such trends and challenges as identified above, which are relating to cooperation and support for ‘development’ within the framework of global governance, requires again to explore the notion of development and the concept(s) of development studies and research. We remain concerned with the question of what development research is able to offer for policy makers and agencies.
The Second Nordic Conference for Development Research provides a platform for researchers, government representatives and NGO-practitioners to address the dilemmas of knowledge production in and for development. The conference aims at dialogue between different methodologies and discussion on their potentialities and limitations in addressing the riddles of intended change, which is at the heart of the development practice.
The conference invites submissions of abstracts to the working groups. The list and descriptions of the working groups can be found at the conference website: The submission deadline for abstracts: 3 June 2013.
Submit your abstract to the working group you wish to present your paper. Please do not submit an abstract to more than one group. The abstract should be written in English with no more than 500 words. The abstract should include a title of the paper, the name and affiliation of the author(s) and their contact emails immediately after the title.
The abstracts should be sent as a word document or .rtf file named as: author_WG_number (for example: Ulenius_WG_24). Submit your abstract directly to the workshop coordinators of the working group and copy it to: .
UniPID is coordinating a working group, Impact of Knowledge? Revisiting the research-policy nexus. Check out more about our working group: WG8, Higher education and development may also be of interest: