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DevRes 2022 is accepting abstracts on transforming development research for sustainability

December 9, 2021

The DevRes conference in August 2022 is accepting abstracts on the theme transforming development research for sustainability.

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Deadline: 14 February, 2022.

The Development Research Conference (DevRes) was founded in 2016 as a multi-disciplinary forum for researchers working in fields linked to development and sustainability. The conference aims to promote networking and collaboration between researchers, public agencies, policy makers, organisations and practitioners, in order to find solutions for poverty and develop strategies for the future of sustainable development.

The upcoming DevRes conference will be held on August 22-24, 2022 and will be hosted by GlobeLife, a joint initiative of Uppsala University and Karolinska Institutet. The conference will offer both onsite participation as well as digital live-streaming and chat functions. The 1st day of the conference will be at Uppsala University, the 2nd day fully online and the 3rd day at Karolinska Institutet.


The theme for the upcoming conference is ‘Transforming development research for sustainability’, as It is becoming increasingly clear that sustainability is the key to our planet and the future of humanity. We must make haste at achieving this before 2030, estimated as the climate’s ‘tipping point’, which could lead to unpredictable consequences.

A major part of the conference will focus on how we can achieve sustainability in health for both humans and our planet. This requires that we look at transforming large parts of our society and restructuring systems within our society such as food and energy production, urban planning, digitization, education, preventive health work as well as health and social care.

Abstract submission

The thematic areas for the conference are key topics that reflect the main theme “transforming development research for sustainability”Examples of these are urbanisation and its impact on health and development as well as handling future pandemics. Each theme represents one or more parallel sessions that may take place during the conference.

Accepted abstracts will be grouped within these thematic areas by the Organizing Committee to build a programme that reflects the overarching theme of the conference. The thematic areas have been left quite broad to encourage researchers, graduate students, PhD students and practitioners from a variety of disciplines to apply and present new research findings, innovative strategies, and tools to tackle these key topics.