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Call for participants and papers – EADI Regional Meeting and PhD Symposium for Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia

15-16 September 2022, Institute of International Relations (Prague)

In partnership with the Institute of International Relations in Prague, this meeting will provide an opportunity for researchers, particularly PhD researchers, to engage with the development community within Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia and representatives from EADI.

For the PhD symposium, we welcome applications to present research focusing on the following areas:

  • Development studies and international studies
  • International relations
  • Migration studies
  • Peace and conflict studies
  • Social sciences with a focus on the Global South

We also welcome applications from master students who would like to present their thesis.

The opening lecture, network session, and strategic meeting for development stakeholders (invitation only) will be centred around green transition, environmental governance and social justice in the context of the of the upcoming Czech presidency of the Council of the EU.

To register for the event, click here

To submit a contribution to the PhD workshop, click here. The deadline for submission is 17 July 2022

Please note: All participants must register using the registration link. In addition, if you also want to submit a contribution for the PhD workshop, you need to fill the contribution form. You will be notified over the summer regarding whether your contribution is accepted or not for the PhD symposium.

Thursday 15 September 2022

10.00-10.30:  Welcome and introduction by Dr. Ondřej Horký-Hlucháň, Institute of International Relations (Prague), and Susanne von Itter (EADI)

10.30-12.00:  Opening Guest lecture by Professor Jouni Paavola, Director of Research and Innovation in the School of Earth and Environment, and Co-Director of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, University of Leeds (UK) "Blueprints for Strengthening Environmental Governance in the Developing World? Magic Bullets, Institutional Compatibility, and Local Context" (see abstract below)

12.00-13.00:  Lunch

13.00-14.30:  PhD Symposium 1/2

14.30-15.00:  Tea and coffee

15.00-16.30:  PhD Symposium 2/2

19.00:  Conference dinner (covered by organisers)

Friday 16 September 2022

09.00-10.30:  Presentation of EADI network: activities, benefits to members and support to early-career researchers

10.30-11.00:  Tea and coffee

11.00-12.30:  Strategic meeting of development community 1/2: reflections on ‘Making our voices heard in public policy: opportunities and challenges’ – Invitation only

12.30-13.30:  Lunch

13.30-15.00:  Strategic meeting of development community 2/2: Communicating opportunities and challenges to public policy stakeholders – Invitation only

Abstract for keynote "Blueprints for Strengthening Environmental Governance in the Developing World? Magic Bullets, Institutional Compatibility, and Local Context":

The environment is degrading in developing countries, with adverse consequences to the health and wellbeing of the most vulnerable who depend on natural resources and are exposed to environmental risks. One approach to strengthening environmental governance in developing countries has been to transfer policy blueprints from developed countries, by offering models such as the EU ETS or through international efforts such as REDD+. Yet these attempts have seldom worked as expected and weak state capacity, lack of good governance or corruption have all been blamed. This talk will take a different tack, suggesting that the dominant approach reduces environmental policy choices to optimal design in idealised conditions and omits the compatibility of interventions with the wider institutional framework and the challenges that the local context poses for implementation: blueprints optimal on paper may not be implementable or deliver expected outcomes in reality. After clarifying the conceptual basis, the talk will illustrate how and why carbon markets in Asia diverge from the EU ETS, why micro-finance in Bangladesh does not live up to the standard of developed insurance and financial markets, and how forms of government differently shape climate policy networks and governance in the land use sector in Indonesia and Brazil.