PhD Conference 2016
5th Annual International PhD Conference in International Development
September 5th & 6th, 2016, University of East Anglia
On the 5th and 6th of September 2016, the 5th International Development Conference was held in 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, European Association of Development Research Institute (EADI), hosted the annual conference in collaboration with the RUB's Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE) and their 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 UEA and Dr. Martina Shakya of RUB welcomed the participants. About thirty doctoral students and recent graduates delivered oral and poster presentations divided into four parallel sessions. The workshop topics include 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 UEA discussed the "Conservation Justice. Conceptual Foundations" while Professor Mark Zeitoun of UEA presented his team's research work on "Transsboundary Water Analysis - lessons for research from the Jordan River."
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 "To Import Coal or Invest in Renewables? A Real Options Approach to Energy Investment in the Philippines." Another PhD student Maruf Lutfur participated in the poster session with his research on "Is Migrant a Catalyst for Social Change? Travel of Social Remittances and Transformation in Rural Bangladesh." The discussions from both poster and parallel sessions gave the presenters an excellent opportunity to receive feedback on methodological approaches, reflect research questions, and offer external input from other scholars and experienced researchers.
Text by Caspar Agaton