DEVNET 2020 – ‘Development Matters’

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Location: Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand and Online

The overall theme for the 12th DevNet biennial conference is ‘Development Matters’. Regardless of who we are or where we live, we all want our whānau, friends and communities to live safe, healthy and prosperous lives on a thriving planet. For many people, this is the vision of ‘development’. In contrast, some see development as the capitalist political economy that has brought us climate destruction, water pollution and loss of wildlife. For others, development is a long-term process of struggle towards an equitable share of power. However, you wish to define it, development matters.

At DevNet2020 we will explore contemporary development matters, by asking the questions:

  • Why does development matter and how?
  • How can we achieve the Sustainable Development Goals?
  • How can we stop climate destruction while also reducing poverty and inequality?
  • What are Indigenous perspectives on social change?
  • How is Covid19 shaping new approaches to development?
  • Should we abandon the ‘development project’ and embrace an alternative way of viewing human and planetary life?


Conference format and fees

We will host a face-to-face conference for domestic delegates, and those from neighbouring countries if travel restrictions are eased. To encourage inclusion of international speakers and delegates, we will also incorporate significant online components and remote participation options.  We’ll soon publish fees that reflect the hybrid conference format and different types of delegates, e.g. face-to-face vs online participation, student rates, etc.  Keep an eye on the conference website for details.


Opportunities for participation

  • Propose a special session (submissions close 1 June). Download the template here
  • Present your research (Call for abstracts opens 11 June)
  • Attend in person or online (Early-bird registrations open 1 July)


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Key dates

Call for Session proposals closes – 1 June 2020

Call for Abstracts opens – 11 June 2020

Early-bird Registration opens – 1 July 2020

Call for Abstracts closes – 30 August 2020

Early-bird Registration closes – 14 September 2020

Registration closes – 15 November 2020