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DevRes 2024

The Development Research Conference, Lund University, 21-23 October 2024

DevRes 2024 conference image.Illustration

The Development Research Conference (DevRes) is a bi-annual conference gathering researchers working in fields linked to development and sustainability. The conference in 2024 is hosted by Lund University and this year’s theme is “Reaching the Sustainable Development Goals in a polarized world”.

DevRes aims to gather Swedish development and sustainability researchers across all disciplines for exchange and networking as well as to promote collaboration with development practitioners, organizations and policy makers.  

DevRes 2024 will include

  • Keynote speakers and panel discussions
  • Parallel research sessions focusing on different theoretical, methodological and empirical perspectives
  • Sustainable development impact stories illustrating how research contributes to societal impact
  • Interactive "World Café" with presentations by PhD students 

Conference theme and objectives

Growing polarization in the world is hampering our efforts and ability to collectively reach the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. The ongoing war in both Ukraine and Gaza is leading to shifting power balances and changed political priorities for many countries, with international development cooperation increasingly being sidelined.

Current wars in combination with the aftermath of the pandemic are also impacting the global economy, hitting countries in the Global South particularly hard.  In addition, accelerating climate change and biodiversity loss pose challenges for individuals and policy makers alike, calling for a green transition and new solutions for energy, transport and food.  This transition risks exploiting already vulnerable natural resource areas and groups of people and creates conflicts of interest where different values and goals are set against each other, not least in relation to international development cooperation.  

Swedish research with a focus on least developed countries and lower middle-income countries has in this respect a direct and important function to fulfill. By using interdisciplinary methods and approaches researchers can identify, investigate and describe how these tensions and conflicts of objectives affect an equitable global sustainable development. 

DevRes in Lund 2024 aims to bring together Swedish affiliated researchers working in fields linked to development and sustainability to discuss these challenges but also highlight how research directly contributes towards reaching Agenda 2030.

Date and time

21 October (starting at 13:00) -  
23 October (ending at 13:00).


The conference will take place in Lund. Please observe that DevRes 2024 is an exclusively onsite conference, i.e., participating digitally is not possible.  

Inspira, Medicon Village
Scheelevägen 4, 223 63 Lund

Conference participants

Targeted participants are researchers and PhD students affiliated with Swedish universities and their collaborative partners in Sweden and the Global South.  

Conference fee

Researchers and external partners (i.e. civil society, public or privat sector): 1950 SEK (incl. VAT)

PhD students: 995 SEK (incl. VAT)  

The fee covers lunch, tea and coffee all three conference days including dinner (vegetarian buffet) on the 22nd of October.  


DevRes 2024 will be hosted by Lund University.


DevRes2024 [at] lucsus [dot] lu [dot] se


Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet)

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Call for abstracts and impact stories

Call for abstract will open 15th of March 2024 and close on the 15th of May 2024. 


Conference registration will open 1st of June 2024. 

Conference programme

A preliminary conference programme will be published in March.