Second Plenary, 7 July, 9-10.15 am
Questioning Development – Towards Solidarity, Decoloniality, Conviviality

The starting point for this roundtable discussion is a growing demand to decolonise knowledge. We are positioned at a critical moment, one replete with a potential to shape the future of development (and development studies). The panel participants will discuss their perspectives and approaches to decolonising development (studies), focusing specifically on how new forms of solidarity and conviviality can be promoted and sustained to achieve global social justice.

The roundtable is scheduled to take place in the early morning (European time) in order to ensure the inclusion of EADI’s constituency in the Asia-Pacific region.


Dr Uma Kothari is Professor of Migration and Postcolonial Studies at the Global Development Institute, University of Manchester, UK and Professor of Human Geography, School of Geography, University of Melbourne, Australia. Her research interests include colonialism and humanitarianism, mobilities and borders and, environmental change and island geographies. She is the Vice President of the European Association of Development Institutes and is on the advisory board of In Place of War, a support system for community artistic, creative and cultural organisations in places of conflict. She is currently carrying out research on Seafarers: a cultural geography of maritime mobilities and on Environmental change and everyday life on small Island states funded through grants from the ARC and ESRC. She has recently been awarded a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship for a project on ‘Touring Britain in the 1950s: the adventures of postcolonial travellers’.


Dr Aram Ziai is Heisenberg-Professor of the German Research Foundation (DFG) for Development Policy and Postcolonial Studies at the University of Kassel (Germany). His research focus lies in the fields of development theory and policy, postcolonial and Post-Development approaches and global economic governance.

Lauren Tynan is trawlwulwuy woman from tebrakunna country in northeast Tasmania and grew up on Awabakal Country in NSW (Australia). She is a PhD candidate in the discipline of Geography and Planning, Macquarie University, Sydney. Her research areas encompass development studies, human geography and Indigenous studies. With an interest in decolonising practices, Lauren’s PhD focuses on relationality with Country, largely through Aboriginal cultural burning practices.

Dr Samid Suliman is Lecturer Migration and Security in the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science at Griffith University, Australia. He is also a member of the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research. He was awarded the Australian Political Studies Association's 2015 Thesis Prize for his doctoral dissertation, 'Migration, Development, and Kinetic Politics'.

Dr Yvonne Te Ruki-Rangi-O-Tangaroa Underhill-Sem is Associate Professor in Pacific Studies, Te Wānanga o Waipapa, Faculty of Arts. University of Auckland, New Zealand. She is also member of the Pacific Gender Research Portal Reference Group, Department of Pacific Affairs, Australian National University