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#EADI50 Opening Panel now Online: Development Studies and Policy Engagement: Building the Missing Link?

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During this panel at the Elcano Royal Institute in Madrid we explored the nexus between the academic activity within the scholarly field of Development Studies in Europe and the engagement with policy processes and decision-making. Efforts by policymakers, practitioners and academics dedicated towards ‘development’ imply inevitable underlying assumptions concerning what desirable and attainable development constitutes, which determines the corresponding decisions and actions taken. Indeed, different conceptualisations –or schools of thought– of development can coexist, overlap, or even compete with each other to different extents, which in turn can have an impact on policymaking. 


  • Megan Naidoo, Predoctoral Fellow, ISGlobal (online) | @ISGLOBALorg (online).
  • Martín Rivero, Coordinator of Social Cohesion and South-South Cooperation Area, SEGIB | @SEGIBdigital.
  • Andy Sumner, Professor, King’s College London; President, EADI | @andypsumner.
  • Érika Rodríguez Pinzón, Director, Fundación Carolina | @emaropi.

Moderated by: Iliana Olivié, Senior Analyst, Elcano Royal Institute; Vice-President, EADI; Director, European Think Tanks Group | @iolivie.