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A two-day high profile International Development conference around the over-arching theme of Vulnerability and Resilience will be hosted by the Leeds Social Sciences Institute and Centre for Global Development.
The theme of vulnerability speaks to a wide number of disciplines. It permits a holistic look at international development challenges, ranging from the structural obstacles to a reduction in vulnerability, looking at political and social problems, to the more technical aspects reducing particular vulnerabilities, for example, in situations of food scarcity, energy shortages, or technological gaps.
The focus on vulnerability allows scholars to concentrate on the outcomes of vulnerability, as well as the processes by which vulnerability can be reduced, to facilitate progress in global development and poverty reduction.
The conference will bring together academics, policy-makers, practitioners, private sector, civil society as well as regional and international organisations to explore the role of interdisciplinary research in advancing the sustainable development goals.
This event has three main objectives:
- Raising awareness – providing participants with an opportunity to hear from academics with a strong track record of conducting research in developing countries
- Capacity building – engaging social scientists who have not worked in the international development field to engage with the demands of global challenge research to help build new capacity in this area
- Exploring new connections and strengthening existing relationships with external partners, particularly in low-middle income countries
Our intention is to deliver the conference around significant themes and to provide a forum through the conference to debate current issues and explore new collaborations.
DAY ONE (Wednesday 23 November)
|10:00||Welcome – Professor Adam Crawford, Director, Leeds Social Sciences Institute|
|Introduction – Professor Caroline Dyer, Co-Director, Centre for Global Development|
|10:20||Opening Keynote Presentations on Vulnerability and Resilience (Chair Professor Caroline Dyer)
|11:35||Research Showcase – Communicable Diseases Health Service Delivery (COMDIS) – Professor James Newell, Professor of International Public Health, Leeds Institute for Health Sciences|
|12:00||Official Development Assistance in Practice: Lessons Learnt – Dr Anne Tallontire, Senior Lecturer: Business, Environment & Corporate Responsibility, Faculty of Environment|
|13:30||Exploring New Connections – insights from external partners on pressing future challenges and opportunities around:urban public health (academic lead: Dr Helen Elsey)
inequalities (academic lead: Professor Caroline Dyer)
|15:30|| Exploring New Connections – insights from external partners on pressing future challenges and opportunities around:urban security and justice (academic lead: Dr Polly Wilding)
migration (academic lead: Dr Gabriella Alberti / Dr Lou Waite)
DAY TWO (Thursday 24 November)
|9:40||Opening Keynote Presentations: ODA and Impact (Chair: Dr Polly Wilding)
|10:15||Official Development Assistance in practice –building successful partnerships (Chair: Dr Polly Wilding, School of Politics and International Studies)
|11:30||Exploring New Connections (part one)– Parallel Breakout Sessions
|13:30||Exploring new connections (part two) – Parallel Breakout Sessions
|14:45||Summary of global challenges and opportunities & closing remarks– Plenary Session
On 1 January 2016, the UN officially launched the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Over the next fifteen years, with these new Goals that universally apply to all, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind. The SDGs build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and aim to go further to end all forms of poverty.
As part of a revised approach to “UK aid: tackling global challenges in the national interest” the Department for International Development (DfID) and HRM Treasury have announced the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), a £1.5 billion fund to advance the SDGs and support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries through:
- challenge-led disciplinary and interdisciplinary research
- strengthening capacity for research and innovation within both the UK and developing countries
- providing an agile response to emergencies where there is an urgent research need.
The conference has been designed around the RCUK and ESRC GCRF and UK Aid’s strategic priorities with the specific aim of exploring and reviewing the contribution of social science research to promote economic growth and the welfare of developing countries.
Registration for this event is now closed.