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Call for papers: Views on Development from the Peripheries of Europe. 16-17 May 2024, HUN-REN Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Budapest

Deadline: 20 March 2024

EADI’s 50th anniversary in 2024 presents a good occasion to take stock of the state of development studies and the understanding of development in the European peripheries. The countries on the periphery of Europe have been an object of development policies themselves, some of them lived through quasi colonial periods and therefore, the relevance of decolonisation and development issues and their perceptions seem to be different from those in the core countries, which also happen to be the biggest aid donors. In cooperation with EADI, three member institutions from Czechia, Hungary and Slovenia organise a conference in order to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the organisation. The topics of the conference will be addressing the following questions, but submissions on other relevant problems are also welcome:

  • How have development studies evolved in the peripheries of Europe? 
  • How did the double experience of being both aid donors and recipients inform their understanding of development?
  • Why does the perception of ‘decolonisation’ differ in the peripheries of Europe from that of the core?
  • Why do the topics/problems covered/studied differ from those in the core countries? 
  • What path dependency, historical, geographic, economic, political and colonial reasons are at play? 
  • How do peripheries in Europe differ from each other in terms of the evolution of development studies? 
  • Has the idea and process of Europeanisation brought closer the perception of development studies in the core and in the peripheries of Europe?
  • Given the multidisciplinary-interdisciplinary nature of development studies, what areas, disciplines and approaches are at the forefront in the peripheries of Europe and why?

The best papers presented will be published in a special issue of the European Journal of Development Research. Details will follow later.

Abstracts (max. 300 words) are welcome until 20 March 2024 through using the template. Please, send the abstract to eadiconference(at) . Notifications of acceptance will be sent by the 30th of March. 

Scientific committee:

  • Stefan Cibian, Făgăraș Research Institute & the Center on Global Affairs and Postdevelopment, Romania
  • Marcin Grabowski, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland
  • Ondřej Horký-Hlucháň, Institute of International Relations, Czechia
  • Zdeněk Opršal, University of Olomouc, Czechia
  • Magdolna Sass, HUN-REN Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungary
  • Maria Sassi, University of Pavia, Italy
  • Boštjan Udovič, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Local organisers

Gergely Buda (email:

Veronika Czina (email:

Magdolna Sass (email:


HUN-REN Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Institute of World Economics;

Institute of International Relations Prague and the University of Ljubljana.


HUN-REN Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, 1097 Budapest, Tóth Kálmán u. 4.


16 and 17 May 2024