Open call for NFU conference 2018

Norwegian research institutions are invited to arrange the biennial NFU conference in late 2018 (Oct-Dec).

Norsk Forening for Utviklingsforskning (the Norwegian Association for Development Research – NFU) arranges the national conference in close cooperation with the host institution. In addition to the national conferences, NFU co-organize Nordic conferences in cooperation with sister institutions in our neighboring countries.

We encourage interested research communities and institutions to take on the responsibility to arrange the national NFU conference 2018 and write a short concept note (1-2 pages) on conference topic and potential sub-topics, by 10 December 2017 to the NFU board at The NFU board will respond shortly thereafter. Call for working groups and papers could be circulated in in January-February 2018.
NFU will assist in planning and arranging the conference.

For enquiries, please contact, or NFU chair Erlend Eidsvik at

The last NFU conferences have focused on the following overarching topics:

2017 – Globalisation at the Crossroads. Rethinking Inequalities and Boundaries. Arranged by NFU, EADI, University of Bergen and CMI, Bergen 20-23 August 2017

2016 – Beyond North and South: Constructing Global Governance for the 21st Century. Organised by SUM – Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo.

2015 – A Changing Global Development Agenda? ’Organised by School of Global Studies (SGS), University of Gothenburg, at the Conference Center Wallenberg in Gothenburg 5-6 November 2015.

2014 – On Whose Terms? Communication, Collaboration and Power in Development Research arranged at The Arctic University of Norway UiT in Tromsø,
1-2 October 2014.

2013 – Rethinking Responsibility in Development: Contested Relations between Citizens, States and Corporations co-organized with Nordic partners, held at the University of Helsinki, 12-13 February 2013.

2012 – Development for a Finite Planet: Grassroot Perspectives and Responses to Climate Change, Resources Extraction and Economic Development jointly organised by the Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research-Oslo (CICERO) and Noragric/Norwegian University of Life Sciences, held at CIENS, 26-27 November 2012.

2011 – Future of Development Research: Exploring the Nordic perspective(s)?, with sister Nordic Development Research Associations, institutions and organisations. Copenhagen Business School, 24-25 November 2011.

2010 – Rethinking crises. Vulnerability, Community and State in Development Research, MF Norwegian School of Theology, Diakonhjemmet University College, and Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research, Oslo, 25-26 November 2010.

2009 – The New Global Setting: Development Challenges and Alternatives, University of Agder, Kristiansand, 23-24 November 2009.

For the full list since 1984, please see: