PhD IDS: 5th International Development Conference
This year's PhD Conference took place at the University of East Anglia and gave PhD students from the IEE the opportunity to present their projects.
On the 5th and 6th of September 2016, the 5th International Development Conference was held at the Julian Study Center of the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich, UK. This year, the UEA's School of International Development (DEV), together with its sponsor, the European Association of Development Research Institutes (EADI), hosted the annual conference in collaboration with the RUB's Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE) its partners in the UA-Ruhr Graduate Centre for Development Studies, and the Erasmus University Rotterdam's International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague.
Dr. Benjamin Jones of the UEA and Dr. Martina Shakya of the RUB welcomed the participants. About thirty doctoral students and recent graduates delivered oral and poster presentations divided into four parallel sessions. The workshop topics included resource extraction and land acquisition, firms and financialisation, water security, social change, civil society organizations (CSO) and non-governmental organizations (NGO), global environmental justice, and social expenditure. Aside from the workshops, participants also attended keynote lectures. Ina Lehmann of the UEA discussed the "Conservation Justice. Conceptual Foundations" while Professor Mark Zeitoun of the UEA presented his team's research work on "Transboundary Water Analysis - lessons for research from the Jordan River."
On the picutes above on the left: IEE members together with other conference participants on UEA campus; on the right: PhD IDS candidate Casper Agaton during his presentation (photos: Beier)
Three members of the IEE took the opportunity to present their research projects. Dr. Elkhan Richard Sadik-Zada, a postdoctoral research fellow, presented his research on "Hotelling Rule for the Low and High Income Countries and Differences in their Resource Depletion Strategies." PhD student Casper Agaton discussed the progress of his PhD project on whether "To Import Coal or Invest in Renewables? A Real Options Approach to Energy Investment in the Philippines." PhD student Maruf Lutfur participated in the poster session with his research on "Is a Migrant a Catalyst for Social Change? Travel of Social Remittances and Transformation in Rural Bangladesh." The discussions from both poster and parallel presentation sessions gave the presenters an excellent opportunity to receive feedback on methodological approaches, reflect on research questions, and gain external input from other scholars and experienced researchers.by PhD IDS candidate Casper Agaton