16th EADI General Conference: Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice

Start date

Monday 5 Jul 2021, 09:00

End date

Thursday 8 Jul 2021, 18:00

International Institute of Social Studies
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The European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) and the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) announce that the 16th EADI General Conference, to be held from Monday 5 July to Thursday 8 July 2021, will take place entirely online. We will make sure that the conference also in its virtual format will become a very special event. It will benefit from the virtual hospitality of the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), one of Europe’s oldest and largest centres for research and education in the field of development studies. The conference will be combined with the Development Dialogue, the annual European conference of PhD candidates working in development studies.

Most of the panels will take place in the same or similar format as originally planned for 2020. Take a look at the list of panels and workshops.

A limited call for abstracts for those panels inviting additional contributions will be opened in the beginning of September.

Registered participants can choose to get a refund, or re-register for 2021 at no extra cost. Registration for the 2021 conference will open shortly.

Please follow the websites of EADI and ISS or the EADI Newsletter for any updates in the coming months.

Meanwhile, if you have any questions or suggestions, please contact EADI.

About the conference

The central theme of the conference is Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice'. Together, these three concepts represent the organization's aspirations for approaches to global development that address inequality, poverty and political marginalization, also in connection with climate change and other environmental threats. 

Solidarity is essential for any process of social change. Based on mutually shared interests and human values, solidarity can be extremely powerful yet can also be easily undermined in an era of fake news and (electronically) manipulated elections. 

Peace and social justice are similarly important values in (as well as aspired outcomes of) struggles or transformation processes in which solidarity is key.

The conference will be hosted by the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), one of Europe’s oldest and largest centres for research and education in the field of development studies. It will be combined with the Development Dialogue, the annual European conference of PhD candidates working in development studies.

Why The Hague?

Discussing these themes in The Hague is particularly significant given that it profiles itself as the Global City of Peace and Justice. Indeed, The Hague has played a central role in global peace building via the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court, and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (which received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013). We will actively involve these international institutions - as well as many other professional organizations and NGOs in the field of peace and justice - in our debates via key note speakers in plenaries and special visits to these institutions during the conference. As conference organizers we are very proud that The Hague is the host city.

What makes the EADI ISS 2020 conference unique?

EADI and ISS will use a variety of innovative conference formats to enable participants to exchange ideas and engage in active discussions. These include special panels between practitioners and academics as well as a high number of participants from the Global South. We will provide space for early career scholars in our seed and harvest panels. Of course, we will follow the EADI principle of ’local, organic, and fair’ in the conference logistics. We look forward to an exciting and inspiring gathering of development researchers and practitioners from all over the world.

  • Hotels in The Hague for the EADI-ISS 2020 Conference

    The Hague has become a popular tourist destination, so we recommend you to book hotel accommodation as early as possible. You can also consider booking a hotel in Delft or in Leiden, as these cities are very close to The Hague. Tram 1 even directly links Delft with the ISS (stop Mauritskade).

    Below we are making suggestions in three hotel categories: budget (€40-75); medium range (€75-125); and top range (> €125).

    Easy Hotel Parkstraat

    Closest budget hotel to ISS, only a 5 minute walk. Basic and cheap as long as you book early.

    Easy Hotel Scheveningen

    A good alternative budget option if you prefer to be close to the beach. Tram 1 stops in front of the hotel and brings you in 15 minutes to ISS (Stop Mauritskade)

    Stayokay Den Haag

    Shared dormitories, basic comfort, but very well located close to Den Haag Hollands Spoor station, where you will find Tram 1.

    Pink Flamingo Hostel

    This hostel, with shared dormitories, is located at the Grote Markt, which is the centre of The Hague’s nightlife. About 20 minute walk to the ISS through the old city centre.

    Hostel The Golden Stork

    The Golden Stork is referring to bird that is on The Hague’s coat of arms. The hostel is nicely located at the Southern part of the city centre at the Bierkade with many cosy bars and restaurants on a canal. Book early as this place is popular.

    Kingkool The Hague City Hostel

    This is a design hostel, they actually call themselves a “boutique hostel”. Nicely located at walking distance from ISS; both shared and private rooms.

    Jorplace Beach Hostel (Scheveningen)

    This is the central spot for the surfing community in The Hague, located in the highstreet of Scheveningen, the beach resort and fishing village linked to the city. Tram 1 takes you in only 12 minutes to the ISS. A 5 minute walk takes you to the beach!

    Fletcher Stadshotel Den Haag

    This hotel offers private rooms for budget prices. A 15 minute walk to the ISS, but they also rent out bicycles.

    For the EADI-ISS 2020 Conference we have asked a number hotels for a special conference arrangement. The following hotels have offered such an arrangement, for which you need to book before 15 March 2020:

    Badhotel Scheveningen

    This pleasant 3-star hotel is located close to Scheveningen beach. Right in front of the hotel is the Tram 1 stop, which takes you in 12 minutes to the Conference site (stop Mauritskade). A special arrangement is offered by the Badhotel from 29 June to 2 July if you book for 3 nights (€105 single or €120 double per night, including breakfast, excluding city tax). If you stay also an extra night on Sunday 28 June, this extra night will cost you €79 (single) and €94 (double). You get this offer by inserting the conference code EADI-ISS-2020.


    One of the ISS favorite hotels as it is located right in the center of The Hague near restuarants and coffee shops, but with the back overlooking the gardens of the royal palace (make sure you get a room at the back!). It is a pleasant 15 minute walk from the Parkhotel to the central conference venue (ISS). EADI-ISS has reserved Single rooms (€120 a night), Superior rooms (€160) and Executive Rooms (€205) all including breakfast but excluding city tax. Please use this form to make use of the special conference offer.

    Parkhotel form.

    Ibis Den Haag City Centre

    Mercure Den Haag Central

    Novotel Den Haag City Centre

    Novotel Suites Den Haag City Centre

    Novotel Den Haag World Forum (Accor Hotel Group)

    All these hotels are very close to the conference venue, either at walking distance or by taking Tram 1. EADI-ISS Conference participants will get a 10% discount if they book their accommodation in any of these hotels before 15 March, by using this linkOpens external.

    Bilderberg Europa Hotel Scheveningen

    Comfortable hotel in Scheveningen (beach), but book early as prices go up quickly. No special conference arrangement. Close to Tram/Bus stop Kurhaus (Tram 1).

    Hotel Sebel

    This hotel is popular with ISS guests as it is a lovely 10 minute walk from the hotel via the Piet Heinstraat to ISS, passing numerous antique shops and breakfast and coffee houses.

    Hotel Andante (Scheveningen)

    Hotel Bella Vista (Scheveningen)

    Both hotels are only one block away from the beach and close to Tram stop Havenkade, from which Tram 1 takes you to ISS in about 15 minutes.

    If you prefer premium comfort, then we recommend these hotels at walking distance from ISS:

    Carlton Ambassador Hotel

    Very comfortable hotel in a quiet area, only one block walking from the ISS. With the above link you can get a 10% discount: The earlier you book the lower the price.

    Hilton Hotel The Hague

    If you hate walking, this is the place to stay as it is across the street from the ISS. The hotel is new and popular with ambassadors, foreign ministers and politicians, so never a dull moment. It has a terrace overlooking the water and the ISS.

    Hotel Indigo The Hague – Palace Noordeinde

    This is a brand-new hotel in a former bank building, also popular for its restaurant. The hotel is located close the Noordeinde Palace (working palace of the King & Queen), which is only two blocks from the ISS at the end of the popular Noordeinde street with its many café’s, restaurants and antique shops.

    Hotel Des Indes

    Probably the most luxurious hotel at walking distance (10-15 min) from the ISS, at the most elegant avenue of the city (Lange Voorhout). It has a grand (colonial) history and a beautiful restaurant where you will always be able to spot someone ‘famous’.

More information

For further information or any queries, please contact: eadi2021@iss.nl