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Conference: India after 25 years of Economic Reforms: What’s achieved? What’s ahead?

Two-day international  Conference and one-day Doctoral Colloquium

Hosted By

Central University of Kerala
School of Economics

About the Conference
The reform of 1991 was a policy break in Indian economy with an overall objective of macro-economic stabilization. Reforms bought about a paradigm shift in the Indian economic structure from a state-led mixed economy to market-led open economy. Emphasis was on self-transformation of the system to create, secure and facilitate a competitive market economy, then leave that economy to self-regulate itself and to align it to the integrated global competitive market economy. Such reform policies were implemented in the country as part of transforming the system through radical changes in Indian economic and social scenario, thus resulting in growth acceleration, trade and market expansion and industrial competitiveness, among others. Though there were several positive knots as mentioned above, we could also observe increasing inequality in income, low elasticity of employment, urbanization and creation of outlier population in the cities, social tensions, and sluggishness in agriculture.

In this context, the Department of Economics under School of Economics, Central University of Kerala proposed to conduct an international conference in the month of March 2018. The conference is intended to examine the transformation of Indian economy in two and half decades of reforms. Are we still banking on old institutions and systems? Do our reforms enough and what to be needed?

Theme of Conference
The conference will be focusing on India’s development experiences through twenty five years of economic reforms with focus on the question “has India really transformed?” This is expected to be a forum for deliberations and discussions on India’s transformation under economic reforms by policy makers, academicians, researchers and leading social scientists from India and abroad.

The third day of the Conference is exclusively for a Doctoral Colloquium to provide the doctoral students an opportunity to present their thesis work to senior faculty and interact with one another.

The conference will have special tracks on:

  • Economic reforms and inclusive growth
  • Labour market and employment generation
  • Poverty alleviation and equitable growth
  • Sustainable development and environmental issues
  • Agriculture development and food security
  • Industrial policies and performance
  • Fiscal reforms and changing role of institutions
  • Openness, international trade and investment
  • Money, banking & financial reforms
  • Kerala in liberalized world

Paper Submission
Academic scholars, industrial consultants and policy makers are invited to present their research work. Papers from cross-disciplinary fields that are related to economic policy and/or social welfare are also invited for presentation.

Important Dates: Submission of extended abstract

(at least 500 words)

January 22, 2018
Decision on acceptance January 27, 2018
Submission of full paper

(not to exceed 7000 words)

February 19, 2018
Registration deadline February 19, 2018
Conference March 1 & 2, 2018
Doctoral Colloquium March 3, 2018



8th Biennial International Indigenous Research Conference 2018

13-16 November 2018- Tāmaki Makaura Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand


Tēnei rā te pōwhiri atu ki ngā iwi o ngā hau e whā,
kia tatū mai rā ki tēnei hui whakaharahara mo te kaupapa kua whakataukītia ake nei,
kia whiriwhiringia ai he rautaki hei hāpai anō i a tātau ngā iwi taketake o te ao.
Piki mai, kake mai, haere mai! 
Pīkautia mai rā nga tini mate kia tangihia rā e tātau.
Tihei mauri mate! Tihei mauri ora!

IIRC18 is our biennial international conference for the sharing of premiere Māori and Indigenous knowledge, research and scholarship. An event not to be missed, we invite and welcome Indigenous researchers from all parts of the world to our place. Come to Aotearoa New Zealand, to our beautiful city of Auckland, to our gathering place at Waipapa marae, to Tānenuiārangi, Tāmaki Makaura Auckland. Be inspired by excellence, connection, creativity, deep thought and scholar activism.
Embracing the overarching conference theme of ‘Indigenous Futures’ there will be something for everyone – pre-conference workshops, keynotes, paper presentations, posters, movies and performances. Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, New Zealand’s Māori Centre for Research Excellence, will be honoured by your presence. Nau mai, haere mai!

Extended CFP deadline- A World United: Allies in Ethical Development

Submission deadline extended to January 3, 2018.

A World United: Allies in Ethical Development

Bordeaux, France June 25 – 27, 2018

Organized by

International Development Ethics Association and

Groupe de Recherche en Économie Théorique et Appliquée

GRETHA UMR CNRS 5113 University of Bordeaux

Unité Mixte Internationale Résilience (IRD),

and with support from FREE (Fonds pour la recherche en éthique économique)

Conference Theme
The conference theme “A World United: Allies in Development” was chosen with the hope of inspiring thoughtful conversations about the important relationships that can both frustrate and facilitate development. Although we are primarily concerned with questions of personal relationships in which individuals and groups of people ally themselves with one another to bring about ethical development, this theme is also meant to capture alliances at every level of development, including alliances between and across nation states, corporations, multinational groups, NGOs, etc.

A World United, the eleventh congress of the International Development Ethics Association, will be held conjointly with the seventh conference on development, Collective Action and Development, of GREThA (Groupe de Recherche en Économie Théorique et Appliquée)All participants are welcome to attend both conference sessions. The two conferences will take place in the same venue (Pole Juridique et Judiciaire, downtown historical Bordeaux). For further details concerning Collective Action And Development, see:

 Joint conference keynote addresses: The International Development Ethics Association’s Second David Crocker lecture will be delivered by Christine Koggel, Department of Philosophy, Carleton University, Canada,  and GREThA is pleased to invite Vijayendra Rao, Lead Economist, World Bank Development Research Group

Conference language: English. All paper submissions and presentations should be in English.

Plenary Speakers
To be announced.

For details on submission procedures for individual paper presentations, practitioner presentations, young-scholar-meets-senior sessions, and submissions of full panels, see
Deadline 3 January 2018. Decisions announced February 2018.

Conference conveners: Jerome Ballet, Lori Keleher

Call for Papers: 2018 Workshop in Philosophy and Poverty

2018 Workshop in Philosophy and Poverty
Topic: Poverty and the Family
Invited Speaker: Jonathan Wolff (Oxford)
17 & 18 May 2018, University of Salzburg
Deadline for Submissions: 15 December 2017
The Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research (CEPR) of the University of Salzburg is happy to announce the call for papers for its "2018 Salzburg Workshop in Philosophy and Poverty". In 2018, the workshop will be held at the University of Salzburg on 17 & 18 May 2018 and focus on the topic of "Poverty and the Family".

The invited speaker for this workshop is Jonathan Wolff (Oxford), who will give a talk on "Poverty, Social Expectations, and the Family".

We invite scholars to submit papers on any topic of philosophical inquiry into poverty. Possible topics include poverty as an issue of global or social justice, human rights and poverty, the ethical obligation of poverty alleviation and the design of poverty alleviation measures or philosophical issues in poverty measurement, the conception of poverty and poverty research.

Preference will be given to scholars in the earlier stages of their career and to papers that are related to the workshop topic of "Poverty and the Family". Possible topics for papers are, among others, the intergenerational transmission of poverty, inequalities between and within families, responsibilities towards poor families, parents and children, the relation between the family and the state, parental rights and duties under conditions of poverty, the ethical underpinnings of policy responses to family and child poverty, gender roles, patriarchy, intimate violence and poverty, or procreation in an radical unequal world and in times of severe poverty.

The workshop will run over two days and each speaker will have 75 minutes (about 25 minutes for presentation and 50 minutes for discussion). Draft papers are shared in advance and speakers can focus on the key points of their paper in the oral presentation. A peer-reviewed publication of selected papers is envisaged in an edited volume on the workshop topic in the Springer Book Series Philosophy and Poverty. We expect that particpants consider this option to publish their paper presented at the Workshop.

There is no conference fee. Coffee breaks and two lunches will be covered by the CEPR. Unfortunately we cannot offer any subsidy for travel and accommodation costs.

If you are interested in participating please submit an extended abstract of 750 words ready for blind review via the submission form on the workshop homepage. Deadline for submissions is 15 December 2017, and decisions will be communicated within two weeks. It is expected that draft versions of the papers are shared two weeks before the workshop.

Call for Abstracts: 2018 Oxford International Health Congress

St Hugh’s College, Oxford (28th-30th June 2018)

The Submission Process 

First Call Deadline 23.59 GMT  - 20th December 2017

To submit an abstract, you will need the following information:

1. A 100-word abstract and title (theory/framework, methods and hypotheses, results, conclusions).

2. Contact details of all co-authors (Email, Name, Affiliation).
3. Other information relating to the proposed presentation.

A prize will be given at the Congress to the best abstract presented. Further details will be posted in due course. Data is held to inform potential contributors about the congress series but not passed to commercial organisations. All submissions are handled through Oxford Abstracts.

The Review Process

Acceptance to the conference is at the discretion of the organisers and will be based on scientific quality and the potential contribution to the conference's goals of supporting knowledge exchange and networking.

Submissions to calls for abstracts will be notified some 3-4 weeks after the call closes. If you have not heard from us by that date, your proposal has not been accepted.

Please submit only ONE proposal per presenter.

International Conference on Business, Economics & Sustainable Development (ICBESD 2018)

Venue : TERI University, New Delhi, India
Date : 22-23 February 2018


In view of the changing scenario of risks, environmental and otherwise, it has become imperative for a paradigm shift in business and economics. We need a development that will have zero impact on environment and should not be at the cost of posterity: sustainable development. In fact, business is being increasingly viewed by all the stakeholder groups involved as a powerful force in promoting the cause of sustainable development. The future lies with firms that internalize stakeholder inclusivity, resource efficiency, and environmental conservation as key elements in their core business strategy and process. However, it is easier said than done.
A plethora of research works are already in place to take up the challenges. Sustainable business or business sustainability is no more that unknown in our economic vocabulary. The efforts have received a new fillip with the declaration of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) - the 2030 Agenda by the UN.

In this backdrop, the Department of Business and Sustainability, TERI University, the pioneer institution of international importance in sustainability research, has resolved to provide a platform to the likeminded researchers by hosting its annual international conference: ICBESD2018.

The conference aims to bring together stakeholders including academia, industry, government, to discuss the need, challenges, and road map to approach long-term viability of business without compromising on profitability, competitiveness, and sustainable development.

For more information please visit:

Webinar: Agency, Autonomy and Social Innovation

Friday, December 15, 2017
16:00 -17:30 Central European Time, 19:30-21:00 Delhi Time, 12:00 – 13:30 Eastern Standard Time

While the concept of social innovation is becoming increasingly popular in the social sciences, empirical evidence on it is still rather scarce and fragmented and there is still a search for consolidated methods regarding social innovation measurement and its impact. Of particular interest from a human development and capabilities approach perspective is the agency of those involved in social innovation processes. However, how can we track agency, and the interplay of structure and agency in social innovation process? And based on this: What is the evidence: does social innovation promote agency and empower those “benefiting” from social innovation?

The webinar will present preliminary results from the EU-research project CrESSI (Creating Economic Space for Social Innovation). Drawing from its extended social grid approach, CrESSI researchers operationalized agency in terms of autonomy and conducted an empirical survey with innovators and beneficiaries across three European social innovation cases (solidarity purchasing groups, interest communities for decentralized drinking water supply and wastewater removal and complementary currencies). The webinar will introduce methods and results of this approach. Moreover, the approach will be critically contrasted with insights and findings from the EU-research project TRANSIT (Transformative Social Innovation Theory).

The case will be presented by Dr. Nadia von Jacobi (Oxford University) and Professor Enrica Chiappero Martinetti (University of Pavia), followed by an initial round of comments by Professor René Kemp (Maastricht University), and Dr. Graciela Tonon (Universidad de Palermo).  The webinar host is Dr. Rafael Ziegler (GETIDOS). The webinar is a joint event of the HDCA Thematic Group Technology, Innovation and Design, the HDCA Thematic Group Quantitative Research Methods, and the EU-project CrESSI (Creating Economic Space for Social Innovation) that explores the economic underpinnings of social innovation, drawing inter alia on long-term studies of social innovations such as social housing and freshwater supply.

Participants must register in advance: To register please send a brief email to Once you have registered, you will receive further instructions on how to participate in the webinar.

Suggested readings (Texts will be made available to participants prior to the webinar

Nadia von Jacobi, Enrica Chiappero-Martinetti, Rafael Ziegler, Martjin van der Linden and Cees van Beers, "Social Innovation and Agency: Empirical Results from three European Case Studies on Perceived Autonomy", Chapter 10 of Alex Nicholls and Rafael Ziegler “Creating economic space for social innovation” (in preparation for 2018).

 Haxeltine A., Jørgensen, M. S., Pel, B., Dumitru, A., Avelino, F., Bauler, Lema, Blanco, I., T. Chilvers, J., Cipolla, C., Dorland, J., Elle, M., Garido, S., Kemp, R., Kunze, I., Longhurst, N., Pataki, G., Rach, S., Renema, J., Ruijsink, S., Strasser, T., Tawakol, D., Weaver, P. and Wittmayer J. M. (2016) On the agency and dynamics of transformative social innovation, TRANSIT working paper #7.

Further readings:

 Special Issue “Social Innovation and Marginalization” in the Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, 3/2017

Alex Nicholls and Rafael Ziegler, An extended social grid model for the Study of Marginalization Processes and Social Innovation, CrESSI Working Papers #2

Further information:


19th D. S. Borker Memorial Lecture: “My Vision of India: 2047 A.D.”


Prof. Bina Agarwal

(Professor of Development Economics and Environment,
Global Development Institute, University of Manchester
& former Director and Professor of Economics,
Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi University)
on Thursday 24 August 2017 at 6.30 p.m.
at India International Centre
Deshmukh Auditorium
40, Max Mueller Marg
New Delhi

(Please be seated by 6.20 p.m.)

The D. S. Borker Lecture Series on “My Vision of India: 2047 A.D.” is a civil society initiative and was instituted in 1999. The lecture is held every year in the memory of D. S. Borker (1911-1979), Civil Servant and Public Sector Administrator, on August 24 at IIC-Deshmukh Auditorium, New Delhi. The idea behind the series is to strengthen our secular democratic values and traditions and encourage the process of thinking regarding the kind of India we want in 2047 – a hundred years after our independence from colonialism. This series is unique in that it has consistently showcased ideas and forward-looking agendas, often contrarian ideas and agendas, across a remarkable spectrum. Debate, after all, is an intrinsic and invaluable part of a democratic and secular India.

Cambridge Capability Conference 2017

The Centre of Development Studies, Cambridge is holding a three-day conference on 19, 20 and 21 of June in Cambridge on 'the capability approach'. Cambridge has been home to many people working on this approach, providing a vibrant and stimulating environment for lectures, conferences, PhD theses and research on human development from a capability perspective. Following the style of in-depth discussions of 'capability conferences' that took place in Cambridge back during the early 2000s we launched last year the CCC (Cambridge Capability Conferences) series with excellent results.

For our second CCC we have invited Professor Wulf Gaertner, from the Universitaet Osnabrueck, one of the most distinguished social choice scholars in the world, renowned for his best seller books on social choice, to be the key-note speaker of the conference. The recent launch of Professor Amartya Sen's revised edition of Collective Choice and Social Welfare (2017) has emphasised the importance of the study of social choice for furthering knowledge of the capability approach. In addition, the conference will explore a rich variety of issues related to the capability approach.

The conference will charge a symbolic registration fee of 10 pounds. Places are limited. Registration is necessary. Participants should make their own arrangements for accommodation and meals (apart from a conference dinner organized on the 20th of June for which a fee will be charged). Registered participants of the conference can also submit contributions to the book that is being planned with the best conference papers. For further information about the conference, please send a message to Dr Flavio Comim ( ).

Seminar: ‘The public good of South African higher education and the lens of decoloniality’

Centre for Education and International Development, UCL Institute of Education

Capabilities, Education and Development Seminars

Professor Melanie Walker (University of the Free State, South Africa)

Thursday 8th June, 10am-12pm, in the Lower Meeting Room, London International Development Centre, 36 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD.

Please join us to hear Melanie Walker present some of her latest research. The paper will be followed by time for questions and discussion.

 The seminar is free to attend, and is open to everyone. For further information please contact Rosie Peppin Vaughan (

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