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Civil Society, Development And Democracy (CDD) – Pathway Conference

Date - Monday, 19th March 2018 (8:30 am - 6:30 pm)


6th Annual RiDNet conference 2018: Measuring, Evaluating and Documenting Development: Linking Academia and Practice

Date & Time: Monday 19 March 2018, 8.30am – 6.30pm

Venue: University of Leeds

RiDNet is a student-led network of PhD students and early career researchers working in international development and/or conducting social research in developing countries. Our annual conference is a great opportunity for students and early career researchers to share their experiences, research and methods with industry experts as well as leading academics. Further details can be found here.

This year, the conference aims to explore the methods and tools used to measure, evaluate and document development, both in the world of academia and in development practice. The conference will focus on three themes:

  1. Measuring and evaluating development: qualitative, quantitative and/or mixed approaches to measuring impact; monitoring and evaluation in NGO and donor projects, feeding research into practice, participatory approaches to evaluating research and practice, benefits and/or challenges of ‘measuring’ development, indicators and global goals (e.g. Sustainable Development Goals).
  2. Reporting and Documenting Development: This theme explores how development is reported in the various media (mass media, social media), what effect(s) this has on the various stakeholders (donor communities, affected communities, governments, NGOs, general public perceptions etc). New, innovative and/or disruptive ways of documenting and reporting development are also explored.
  3. Linking academia and practice: research collaboration with practitioners in the field, local or international organisations (including NGOs/INGOs), exploring ways of academia influencing policy and policymakers, finding common ground between academic research and practitioners including the challenges, benefits or rewards of collaborative working between academia and practice in development research.

RiDnet now welcomes abstracts of papers from PhD students and early career researchers. Please email a 300-word (maximum) abstracts to ridnet@leeds.ac.uk by the 14th of February 2018. Selected applicants will be informed within 1 week of the closing date. Successful applicants will be given up to 10 minutes to make a presentation, after which 3-5 minutes will be spent taking questions or discussing.

We also now welcome posters to display during the conference. If you would like to display a poster, please email ridnet@leeds.ac.uk by the 14th February. 

Travel Information
Students are responsible for arranging travel to and from these Pathway Specific Training sessions.  The WRDTP cannot reimburse travel costs to these sessions.

Booking information 

This event is now full.

Enquiry contact details
For all enquiries please contact Pathway Deputy Director Polly Wilding, p.wilding@leeds.ac.uk.