About EADI

Networking and building alliances across disciplines and countries

EADI, the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes, is the leading European network in the field of Development Studies: With more than 100 institutional members in more than 25 countries it.organises activities and provides platforms for international networking and exchange with a strong interdisciplinary focus. EADI’s flagship events are the General Conferences every three years which bring together the wider Development Research community around a specific topic. The official languages of EADI are English and French.

EADI’s Mission

EADI is the prime professional association for development studies. As such it promotes:

  • Quality in research and education in development studies,
  • The exchange of relevant information among members and with others,
  • The strengthening of relevant knowledge networks at the regional and global level,
  • Influencing both national and European decision-makers in the development cooperation field.

EADI’s Objectives

  • To generate and stimulate and exchange of information among European academics and researchers concerned with development issues
  • To promote interdisciplinary studies on specific themes
  • To develop contacts with researchers from other regions of the world


Definition of Development Studies

Development Studies (also known as ‘international development studies’ or ‘international development’) is a multi- and inter-disciplinary field of study rather than a single discipline. It seeks to understand the interplay between social, economic, political, technological, ecological, cultural and gendered aspects of societal change at the local, national, regional and global levels. Read the full EADI definition of Development Studies

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Services Provided by EADI

General Conferences:

Being held every three years at an EADI member institute, the EADI General Conferences are the place to be for the international Development Studies community. With around 600 participants, they are an opportunity to connect and engage with the latest research.

Workshops and Meetings

EADI’s smaller events are great opportunities to strengthen alliances between member institutes in various fields. Since 2002 the annual Director’s meetings are a unique trusted space to discuss everything around managing research institutes and think tanks. Targeted workshops for e.g. communication professionals, managers of academic programmes or experts on certain issues are popular platforms to meet with peers, exchange best practices and latest insights. Every year, EADI organises a public seminar on a specific topic.

Working Groups

EADI’s around 15 interdisciplinary Working Groups are smaller networks in action. With events, conference panels and publications, they provide cross-European exchange-platforms for different fields of Development Studies They meet up to twice a year.


The volume Building Development Studies for the New Millennium, published January 2019 in the EADI book series, is a good example for successful cooperation across disciplines and institutes. The book brings together multiple critical assessments of the current state and future visions of global development studies. In a blog and webinar series, authors present their findings to a larger public.

Academic Journal

The European Journal of Development Research (EJDR) is EADI’s Journal. It redefines and modernises what international development is, recognising the many schools of thought on what human development constitutes. Published five times a year, this multi-disciplinary journal seeks to broaden our understanding of the processes that advance or impede human development. It is free for EADI members

Member Publications Database

The Research Monitor is an online database which presents research papers, policy briefs, opinion pieces and research projects of EADI members. The database is updated on a daily basis and reaches out to key players in the field.

Free Webinars

Since 2017, the EADI webinar series gives participants the opportunity to engage with critical thinkers and innovative new research findings. All past webinars are available online on the EADI YouTube Channel!

Blog “Debating Development Research”

The EADI blog is an open invitation to share opinions, thoughts and insights on everything that might be of interest to the broader development research community

Fortnightly newsletter

The EADI newsletter sums up the latest news from EADI and its member community. With publication picks, reading recommendations, open calls, vacancies, opinion pieces and more.

Supporting students and young researchers

EADI believes in the potential of students and young researchers. This is why student membership is free of charge and why EADI has put together a journal mentoring programme for researchers from the Global South. EADI also maintains a course inventory of training possibilities offered by EADI members and partners in Europe.

Quality assurance

To ensure high-quality education in Development Studies, EADI has developed a state-of-the art quality assurance and accreditation system that takes the specific nature of global development studies into account It provides a professional system for the voluntary accreditation of training programmes in the Europe as well as the global South


Over the past years, EADI has been participating in the management, coordination and communication of various research projects. EADI´s access to a broad spectrum of experts in universities, research centres, NGOs and think-tanks in the development field constitute an excellent basis for strong project / research communication activities.

International Cooperation

EADI fosters links between the European development research community and with research organisations and networks at the international level. EADI is a member of the International Science Council (ISC), the Academic Council of the United Nations Council (ACUNS) the Society for International Development (SID), the European Alliance for Social Sciences and Humanities (EASHH) and others

Calls and Vacancies

As a service to its members and the general public, EADI announces open calls and vacancies by its member institutes on a daily basis on its website and in its newsletter.


EADI is committed to take a stand, acknowledging that “Development Studies – like development – is not a value-free exercise”. This is why it regularly issues statements, be it in solidarity with researchers from the global South who are restricted in their freedom to travel, with threatened member institutes or the global climate strikes

EADI is an independent and non-profit-making international non-governmental organisation. The Secretariat is based in Bonn, Germany. The Executive Committee is drawn from across Europe. EADI is financed by its members’ contributions, project related activities and an institutional grant from the German government. EADI receives core funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development (BMZ).