Past Conferences


Throughout the years, numerous of members of the Norwegian research community have been involved with shaping and filling the NFU annual conference – making this event a vital forum for researchers from various institutions across the country.

Past NFU Conferences

2017 EADI NORDIC 2017: “Globalisation at the Crossroads: Rethinking Inequalities and Boundaries”, organized by EADI (European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes), NFU, UiB and CMI. Bergen, 20-23 August 2017. Program available here: EADI Nordic program 2017. To revisit the some of the best parts of the conference: Reports and videos.

2016 “Beyond North and South: Constructing Global Governance for the 21st Century“, organized by Centre for Development and the Environment and Oslo Academy of Global Governance, Oslo, 24-25 November 2016. Program available here: NFU Conference program 2016, and find video recordings of the key note speakers.

2015    “A Changing Global Development Agenda?” NORDEV 2015. The 3rd Joint Nordic Conference on Development Research, this time organized by School of Global Studies (SGS), University of Gothenburg, at the Conference Center Wallenberg in Gothenburg 5-6 November 2015. Program available here: Program NordDev 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.  The powerpoint presented by Jesper Simonsen, Executive Director of the Norwegian Research Council is made available here: NFU Conference 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)?“, co-organizing 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

2008    “Nation States, Forced Migration and Human Rights, Globalisation Programme” – Department of Geography, NTNU, Trondheim, 27-28 November 2008

2007    “Making Institutions Work for the Poor“, The Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI), 05-06 November 2007

2006    “Ethics, Human Rights and Development”, SUM, University of Oslo, 13-15 September 2006

2005    “Transforming Landscapes of Poverty – Resources, Rights and Conflicts“, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, 20-21 June 2005

2004    “Education, Knowledge and Development“, University of Bergen. 30 Sept – 01 Oct 2004

2003    “Politics and Poverty“, NIBR, 23-24 October 2003

2002    “Developing Countries and the Network Revolution: Leapfrogging or Marginalization?” NTNU, 14-15 November 2002

2001    “Diversity in Development – Universal and Local Discourses”, SEMUT, University of Tromsø, 13-14 November 2001

2000    “The State under Pressure“, CMI, 05-06 October 2000

1999    “Konflikt og utvikling” – Conflict and Development, NUPI

1998    “Development Ethics“, University of Oslo

1997    “People, food and environment – 200 years after Malthus“, Noragric, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, 12-13 June 1997

1995    “Agricultural Productivity and Economic Development“, University of Trondheim, Centre for Environment and Development, 06-08 June 1995

1994    “Knowledge and Development“, University of Tromsø, 27-29 May 1994

1993    “State and Locality“, Oslo-Mastemyr, 18-20 June 1993

1992    (title to come), CMI, Bergen, 22 May 1992

1991    “Natural Resource Use and Changing Society – Interdiciplinary Approaches to Development“, Agricultural University of Norway, Noragric, Ås, 23-24 May 1991

1990    (No NFU-conference due to the bigger European conference EADi was arranged in Oslo.)

1988    “Forskningsformidling – Popularization and dissemination of research results“, University of Tromsø, the 5th Annual Conference, 05-07 May 1988

1987    “Socialist Development Strategies in the Third World”, Bergen, 24-26 April 1987

1986    (title to come), Agricultural University of Norway, Section Asker, 22-24 May 1986

1985    “Development Theory and Development Strategy”, Bergen, 19-21 April 1985. (Report title: Development Theory and Lessons from Recent Development)

1984    “Research, Aid and Development”, the First Annual Conference of the Norwegian Association for Development Research, Bergen, 06-08 April 1984