Previous ISS Conferences and Seminars

This archive of Conferences, Seminars and Public Debates held at ISS over the past few years contains a short description of the event and any associated papers.


International Forum on Intercountry Adoption and Global Surrogacy

The International Forum on Intercountry Adoption & Global Surrogacy provided an opportunity for scholars and practitioners to come together to provide an evidence base for international adoption and surrogacy problems and/or best practices that might inform Hague Convention policymakers and HCIA Central Authorities. >> read further


Political Economy, Activism and Alternative Economic Strategies

The financial crisis revealed its first signs over five years ago, on August 9, 2007, when BNP Paribus suspended payment on three of its funds. It has since morphed into the deepest US and then world economic crisis since the Great Depression. The “green shoots” of recovery of some Third World economies, that the IMF had acclaimed in 2010, had withered within a year. By 2012 it was admitted that the “world recovery had stalled”, as even the handful of large, better-performing, developing economies slowed. But, ever upbeat except when imposing adjustment, the IMF predicts not only an improved 2013 but continual yearly growth over the following four years as well. » read further

Multiple moneys and development: making payments in diverse economies

The 2nd International Conference on Complementary Currency Systems was held from the 19th to the 23rdof June 2013 in The Hague, The Netherlands. The conference was hosted by ISS. » read further


Environmental Studies Colloquium series: 'Critical Engagements with the Green Economy'

 The ‘green economy’ is rapidly replacing ‘sustainable development’ as a global ideal and broadly accepted route to prosperity and sustainability. Its advocates insist that it will do what sustainable developed failed to achieve: combine further economic growth and development with environmental sustainability without changing any of the dominant political economic structures.  » read further

Access to Health Insurance

'Improving inclusive and sustainable systems for health care delivery and financing in developing countries'. This conference discussed the different initiatives and the different insurance and delivery models that have been developed and put into practice. » read further


Nature™ Inc? Questioning the Market Panacea in Environmental Policy and Conservation

The conference seeks to critically engage with the market panacea in environmental policy and conservation in the context of histories and recent developments in neoliberal capitalism. » read further

TARGET 2020 - the choices and challenges

An ISS public debate series on the choices and challenges in the world of international development. » read further

Women's Bargaining Power and Economic Development

Workshop on Women’s Bargaining Power and Economic Development » read further


Summer School CERES 2010

Global Governance, the Crisis and Development, June 23 and 24 2010 » read further

Productivity and Internationalization: a micro-data approach - 2010

International conference coorganized by: Peter van Bergeijk (International Institute of Social Studies) Fabienne Fortanier (CBS Statistics Netherlands and University of Amsterdam) Harry Garretsen (University of Groningen) Henri L.F. de Groot... » read further

30 Years Reform in China

Collaboration Workshop entitled: 'China as a Global Power, Middle-Income Country, and Low-Income Country: Implications for Social Science Research.' » read further


It's NOT the Economy, Stupid!

Oxfam Novib and the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) have joined hands in ‘It’s NOT the Economy, Stupid!’, a series of debates on the ‘outskirts’ of the international economic crisis. The main questions are: what are we missing in our analyse... » read further

Poverty Reduction, Equity and Growth Network (PEGNet)

Conference held on 3 and 4 September 2009 focusing on the role of ‘Policies for Reducing Inequality in the Developing World’. » read further

Understanding Peace, Conflict and Violence: do we need new approaches?

Conference organized to mark the integration of the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) with Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR). Held on 8 December 2009 at ISS » read further

Feminist Dialogues

A number of feminist scholars, activists and writers from the Middle East and South Asia came together at ISS to discuss the realities of, and scholarship on, violent conflict, militarization, gender and struggles for social justice and peace in their regions. >>read further

Development Dialogue

The Development Dialogue is a yearly initiative by PhD candidates at the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. » read further