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2013 DSA Annual Conference

Category: Events

25 Mar 2013

Saturday 16th November 2013 

Venue: University of Birmingham

The DSA Annual Conference 2013 will be co-hosted by the University of Birmingham’s International Development Department and will also be celebrating their 50th Anniversary. It will take the form of a one day Conference with an open call for panels and papers, reflecting a more democratic process of bringing together current research and thinking on development related issues.

The International Development Department is delighted to be hosting the DSA conference on the eve of its 50th anniversary in January 2014. As IDD marks this anniversary, many other development studies departments in the UK have also, or are about to, celebrate similar anniversaries. It is hoped that you’ll join us in marking this occasion by coming along to the key note address on Friday 15th November and for dinner after that. The conference provides a further occasion as we consider post-2015 deliberations to reflect on the direction and contribution of the UK development studies sector to international development theory and practice. Attendance is free for this Keynote Lecture but there will be a charge for dinner and you will need to arrange your own accommodation if you are staying on for the DSA Conference on Saturday.

Whilst the Conference is based on an open call for papers, we expect that DSA Colleagues and Panel Convenors will bring forward new ideas which may:

  • Analyze the changing global context of development – including the weak global recovery, continuing  differentiation of the South, new forms of international interdependence and patterns of vulnerability, new actors and development  partnerships and blocked international multilateralism – and address its implications for international development cooperation and national development policy;
  • Link development thinking and practice with wider debates on economic crisis, climate change, sustainability transitions, inequality, human rights, social movements, democratization, security, technological change and new forms of governance;
  • Provide inputs for a post-2015 development agenda, including: assessing the process of formulating post-2015 development goals; lessons from MDG implementation; poverty, inequality and global justice; and the nature of sustainable development goals.


Between 11 and 16 March 2013, Professor Wil Hout attended the workshop on Political Conditionalities and Foreign Aid during the ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops in Mainz. The workshop was directed by Nadia Molenaers (Institute for Development Policy Management, University of Antwerp), Jörg Faust (German Development Institute, Bonn) and Sebastian Dellepiane (University of Strathclyde, Glasgow). It brought together some 20 scholars working on issues of aid and conditionalities.

Wil Hout’s paper was entitled “Governance beyond the European Consensus on Development: What Drives EU Aid Selectivity?”

The paper focuses on the ‘governance turn’ in the development policies of the European Union, represented in particular by the adoption of the ‘European Consensus on Development’ in 2005. The main assumption inherent in the EU approach to development is that the quality of governance in developing countries is a crucial (co-) determinant of development outcomes. The paper sets up an analysis of the allocation of funds (over €50 billion during the 2007-13 period) through the EU’s main policy instruments: the European Development Fund, the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument, and the Development Cooperation Instrument. The paper attempts to establish whether any dominant explanation, or combination of explanations, given in the literature on development assistance, is able to account for the allocation of those parts of the funds that are meant to be spent on governance reform. Three sets of hypotheses are tested, each derived from one of the dominant explanatory models of development assistance: donor interest, recipient need and constructivist models. The findings of the empirical analyses emphasise the role of donor-interest variables, but show that recipient needs play a (seemingly subordinate) role in decisions on EU aid allocation.

The description of the workshop, including all the papers that were presented, can be found online.

Cost Action IS 0702 Policy briefs now available online

Karin Arts

Recently the COST Action IS 0702 human rights research project, conducted by the Association of Human Rights Institutes (AHRI), came to an end. It involved among others a working group on human rights and development tools, in which GGSJ Senior Research Member and ISS Professor of International Law and Development Karin Arts took part as an invited external expert.

For a downloadable copy of the complete set of the final policy recommendations of COST Action IS 0702 see http://www.cost.eu/library/newsroom/humanrights

Karin’s contribution addresses ‘Countering Violence Against Children in the Philippines: Positive RBA Practice Examples from Plan’. Her policy brief (and all others) are available through http://sas-space.sas.ac.uk/4660/2/COST_brief_FINAL_REV_JAN.pdf



Geopolitics is excited to offer free access to “Empires and the Modern International System” by Jan Zielonka, from Volume 17, Issue 3. This article is available to download for FREE until May 31, 2013.

The study of geopolitics has undergone a major renaissance during the past decade. Addressing a gap in the published periodical literature, this journal seeks to explore the theoretical implications of contemporary geopolitics and geopolitical change with particular reference to territorial problems and issues of state sovereignty . Multidisciplinary in its scope, Geopolitics includes all aspects of the social sciences with particular emphasis on political geography, international relations, the territorial aspects of political science and international law. The journal seeks to maintain a healthy balance between systemic and regional analysis.

Geopolitics publishes quarterly and includes one theme issue per year. Review essays that focus on the works of seminal geopolitics studies, as well as contemporary foreign policy practitioners whose policies have influenced the changing world map of the past two decades will also be published.

N.B. Members of GGSJ have full access to the journal from this link.

DUBAI, 8 March 2013 (IRIN) – Researchers and civil society activists in the Arab world have always complained that a lack of information has contributed to poor policies on development and resource management.

Photo: Amr Emam/IRIN

“Arab countries do not have enough data and when they have it they are reluctant to share it among them,” says Hamed Assaf, a water resource management specialist at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates.

Now, aid workers and policymakers working on food security and looking for easy access to malnutrition data in Yemen, or how rainfall tends to vary in Syria, can turn to a handy web-based tool.

For the full story, see: http://www.irinnews.org/Report/97613/Middle-East-food-security-tracking-tool-launched

As part of the Migration, Gender and Social Justice (MGSJ) project, funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and implemented by the ISS, in February of this year, 11 policy briefs were finalised by various researchers also funded by the IDRC. They were edited and compiled by ISS as part of the IDRC-sponsored project ‘Migration, Gender and Social Justice’ (MGSJ).

The MGSJ policy briefs are available here.

More information about the MGSJ Project is available at this link:  www.iss.nl/IDRC

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World Financial Crisis

COST Action IS0902: Systemic Risks, Financial Crises and Credit – the roots, dynamics and consequences of the Subprime Crisis

For more info: www.worldfinancialcrisis.eu


In Memoriam Jos Mooij

Category: Other news

3 Mar 2013

In Memoriam: Jos Mooij, Associate Professor and Deputy Rector for Educational Affairs

With great sadness we share the news that on 28 February 2013, Dr Jos Mooij passed away. She had been ill for some time. Jos did an MSc from Wageningen Agricultural University specializing in Human Nutrition. After one and a half year of further training in the UK at the Development Policy and Practice Research Group at the Open University, she registered in 1990 for a PhD with the Centre for Asian Studies of the University of Amsterdam. Her doctoral studies (with almost two years of field work in South India) focused on the day to day implementation of processes of food policy. The study was supervised by Franz von Benda-Beckmann, Barbara Harris and Jan Breman.


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