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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

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

The abstract submission period is now closed

Please note: All participants must register using the registration link.  You will be notified over the summer regarding whether your contribution is accepted or not for the PhD symposium.

Download the programme here

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 by Dr. Ondřej Horký-Hlucháň

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 (See programme below)

14.30-15.00:  Tea and coffee

15.00-16.30:  PhD Symposium 2/2 (See programme below)

19.00:  Conference dinner (covered by organisers) Location: Natureza, Hellichova 14, 118 00 Praha 1

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.

PhD Symposium Programme

Session 1, Room 1: Development and demography studies(13:00-14:30)

Population policies changes in Iran since the early 21st century


Khadijeh Asadisarvestani (Charles University).

Social Progress and Environmental Sustainability
Mohamed Htitich (Palacky University).

Integrating livelihood, socio ecological, and regional development perspectives to understand rural change: A case study in Odisha, India
Takuya Nakagawa (Charles University).

Session 1, Room 2: International relations and education (focus on Africa) (13:00-14:30)

Rwandan Democratization Process in the Light of Development Aid Conditionalities and Chinese Engagement
Veronika Čáslavová (Masaryk University).

Post-Graduate Employability of Ghanaian International Students Enrolled in Universities in European Countries
Yeboah Mohammed (Charles University)

Session 2, Room 1: Aid Policy, migration and epistemology (15.00-16.30)

Ethics in migration and development research
Aneta Seidlová, Eliška Masná and Kristýna Kvasničková (Charles University).

Political and ethnical biases in sub-national foreign aid? The case of Central European donors in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Tereza Nováková (Palacky University).

Going beyond the Global North-Global South Dichotomy: Decolonizing Global Education from the Perspective of an 'In-Between' Country of Slovakia
Kristína Rankovová (Comenius University).

Factors influencing immobility in Global South
Kristýna Kvasničková (Charles University).

Session 2, Room 2: International security (15.00-16.30)

Combating Corruption in Poland and South Korea – Lessons for Economic Development of RussiaAnton Sokolin (Jagiellonian University).

Regional security implications of the Sino-US strategic competition in Latin America and the Horn of Africa, Asnake Anteneh Chanie (University of Hradec Kralove).

German-Polish cooperation fighting human trafficking in Europe
Johann Kattenstroth, (Jagiellonian University).