Open Call For NFU Conference 2020

Norwegian research institutions and universities are invited to arrange the biennial NFU conference in fall 2020 (August-November).

Norsk Forening for Utviklingsforskning, the Norwegian Association for Development Research (NFU), arranges the national conference in close cooperation with the host institution. On average, this conference has approximately 150 participants and is a two-days event, including 30-50 presenters. In addition to the national conferences, NFU co-organize Nordic conferences in cooperation with sister institutions in our neighbouring countries. We also have three permanent panels (2019-2021) to ensure dedication and continuation on key topics, please see

We encourage interested research communities and institutions to submit a proposal to host the national NFU conference 2020 and write a short concept note (1-2 pages) on conference topic and potential sub-topics, by 15 December 2019 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 2020.

The host institution are encouraged to submit a proposal within their interest field, which may include but are not limited to topics such as decolonization debates, global environment challenges and political ecology, future of development research, the sustainable development goals, and/or (new) actors in international development.

NFU will assist in planning, applying for funding through the Norwegian Research Council and arranging the conference.

For enquiries, please contact, or NFU chair Randi Solhjell at

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

2019 – ‘Knowledge Production in North-South Collaboration: Challenges in an Era of New Global Divides’, co-organized with Nordic partners, held at Copenhagen Business School, 27-28 June 2019.

2018 – The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Critical Role of Development Research, co-organized with VID Specialised University and the Justice Conference Norway, 8 November 2018, VID Specialized University (Diakonveien 14, room AU 12).

For a full list, please see: