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After 2015: Development and its Alternatives

July 1, 2014


Wednesday 10 & Thursday 11 September 2014 The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH

Convenor: Dr Clive Gabay, Queen Mary, University of London

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will expire in 2015, with mixed results. This conference takes a social and political perspective on why development fails, and how local knowledge might inform a post-MDG environment more sensitive to those structurally disadvantaged by the global economy. Within mainstream debates there has been little room for the developmental alternatives lived by people in conditions of poverty and thus no space for exploring more critical and alternative paradigms of development to the orthodox neoliberal-MDG paradigm. This conference brings together leading critical scholars on development, and activists from the global anti-poverty, buen vivir and degrowth movements.

Speakers include:

Dr Kate Bedford, University of Kent

Amitabh Behar, Global Call to Action Against Poverty

Dr Carl Death, University of Manchester

Professor David Hulme, University of Manchester

Dr Wendy Harcourt, International Institute for Social Studies

Dr Nora Mckeon, Building Global Democracy

Professor Philip McMichael, Cornell University

Professor Ashwani Saith, International Institute for Social Studies

Professor James C Scott, Yale University

Professor Frances Stewart, University of Oxford

Bob Thomson, Degrowth/Decroissance Canada

Dr Karen Tucker, University of Bristol

Jan Vandemoortele, former director of the Poverty Group at the United Nations Development Programme

Dr Heloise Weber, University of Queensland

Dr Aram Ziai, University of Kessel

Please click here for a copy of the current programme.

Registration required

Registration fee For this two-day conference, a registration fee of £50 is payable in advance at the time of booking. There is a reduced fee of £20 for the unwaged, for undergraduate and postgraduate students, and for Fellows of the British Academy. The registration fees as listed above are payable even if you wish to attend only part of the conference.

Cancellation policy Cancellations must be sent to by 1 September 2014. After this date the registration fee will not be refundable, however substitutions will be accepted.


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