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Dr. Matt Bishop has joined the GGSJ Research Programme as a visiting researcher, courtesy of the Mundus MAPP programme co-ordinated by Dr. Karim Knio.

mbishopWe asked him to introduce himself and his work to us:

“I am a Lecturer in International Relations at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago. I teach courses on small states, international relations theory, and international politics; I co-ordinate our MPhil/PhD programme; and I’m also the managing editor of the Caribbean Journal of International Relations & Diplomacy.

I’m originally from the UK, and spent my entire student life at the University of Sheffield, where I also did my PhD, the focus of which was a comparative analysis of development in the tiny islands of the Anglophone and Francophone Eastern Caribbean. This later became my book The Political Economy of Caribbean Development, which was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013. I remain attached to SPERI and manage a blog.

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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.

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International Institute of Social Studies

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