The 18th Lund University Development Research Day
Since the start in 2002 the Development Research Day has been organised annually by a department at Lund University. This year the Development Research Day is organised by Lund university centre for Sustainability studies (LUCSUS) and the theme is: Translational Development Research.
Translational science deals with the dilemma between basic research and the practical application of scientific results. It has a long tradition in medical sciences, where it is defined as research that applies findings from basic science to enhance human health and well-being. With increasing demands from society at large and funding agencies in particular for research to be “useful” and have “societal impact”, can we learn anything from a decade*of translational science in medicine? In 2010, the British Department for International Development (DFID) introduced the “Theory of Change” as a method for promoting societal impacts from research, and we can see how that has inspired agencies in Sweden and the EU to promote similar agendas.
In the morning session of the Development Research Day 2019 we will discuss these issues with the help of invited scholars. The afternoon session is as usually devoted to presentations by researchers at Lund University. We particularly encourage early career researchers and MSc students to present their research.
*The first journal dedicated to translational science, The American Journal of Translational Research, started in 2009.
- Morning session in Edens Hörsal (Department of Political Science)
- Lunch and afternoon sessions at LUCSUS, Josephson (Biskopsgatan 5)
This year's Development Research Day is organised by Lund University centre for Sustainability Studies, LUCSUS