17th Development Dialogue

Annual PhD conference on Engaged Scholarship for Development 5-6 July
PhD group on stairs - ISS

The Conference will be held online, hosted by the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), part of Erasmus University Rotterdam in The Hague, The Netherlands. 

17th Development Dialogue - 2021 - Engaged Scholarship for Development: Building solidarity, peace and social justice

About the conference

The Development Dialogue (DD) conference is a yearly initiative organized by PhD researchers of ISS.

It provides the space for doctoral candidates and early career researchers engaged in different fields of development studies to share their work, exchange ideas and to discuss how their research relate to global development struggles.

We are living in an era of multiple crises – of widespread inequality, violence, poverty, climate change, the rise of extreme nationalism, racism, war and human rights violations - which are systemically linked. Indeed, the world has seen that the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic transcends a health crisis; its impact has permeated all sectors of the global economy and is very likely to exacerbate inequality within and across countries.  

Conventionally, PhDs and early career researchers are expected to theorize, explain, predict and suggest recommendations for their selected topics, using limited resources to conduct feasible studies. As young researchers, our attempts to fulfil our academic obligations often result in us being confined to our specific areas of study alone. Our intellectual projects provide us with in-depth knowledge and insights into the localized problems that we investigate; it is crucial that we also reflect on the implications of our work in the context of the current development practice and globalized struggles. These require building alternatives for social change, as well as our engagement with counter narratives and resistance. 

The ISS Development Dialogue is a multidisciplinary, reflective and collaborative programme which brings together dozens of researchers, practitioners, academics and specialists in various fields of development from around the world. As with previous editions of the DD, we remain committed to providing early-career researchers an opportunity to present their work and receive high quality and constructive feedback.


Participation in the DD17 conference is free but we do ask you to register.

Parallel conference

DD17 is scheduled alongside the triennial conference of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) which is also taking place online from 5-8 July 2021, and hosted by ISS. 

DD17 participants and presenters who have registered for the EADI Conference can be part of this rich experience by participating in both conferences.

Meet the DD17 organizing committee

  • (Anna) A Elias

    Anna's research explores the extent of impact that digital platforms have on livelihoods in the informal sector. She attempts to map the complexities of workers…
    (Anna) A Elias
  • (Chitrakshi) C Vashisht

    With an M.Sc. in Gender and Development Studies and MA in Social Work, I have over eight years of work experience in development sector in the field of gender,…
    (Chitrakshi) C Vashisht
  • (Ilaha) I Abasli

    Ilaha Abasli is a PhD researcher at the International Institute of Social Studies (Erasmus University Rotterdam). She holds a Master’s degree in International…
    (Ilaha) I Abasli
  • (Libby) L Leher

    (Libby) L Leher
  • (Luciana) L Dos Santos Duarte

    Researcher Luciana Duarte was born in the South of Minas Gerais State, in Brazil. She currently lives in The Hague, The Netherlands, where she works as a PhD…
    (Luciana) L Dos Santos Duarte


Email address

You can write to the DD organizing committee via email.

Full conference details are available on the conference website.

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