A Swedish Development Research Doctoral Network (SweDocNet): Exploring interest & needs

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Date: June 14, 2021

Time: 10:45-12:15

Location: Online

Start date: June 14, 2021

Event summary: SweDev arranges a seminar at the DevRes Conference to explore the interest in the possible formation of a development research doctoral network.

SweDev’s working group on PhD education invites both PhD students and staff running PhD programmes related to development research (i.e. lectures/leaders/professors etc) to an open seminar to explore the interest of a Swedish Development Research Doctoral Network (SweDocNet).

One of SweDev’s priorities is to strengthen research, collaboration and build capacities among Swedish doctoral students in the field of development research. SweDev will facilitate networking and strengthened links among doctoral students, organize workshops and conferences and encourage young scholars to continue working in the development sector. SweDev also intends to establish a colloquium for supervisors and teachers in Swedish PhD programmes in development research.

However, the development research field is very diverse and heterogeneous. A first and preliminary mapping carried out by SweDev identified more than 100 Swedish doctoral programmes related to development research, broadly speaking, across many different disciplines. In addition, a large number of doctoral students doing development-related research belong to academic environments and doctoral programmes where development research is no priority. A number of doctoral students feeling marginalised have also expressed their interests in a Swedish network. This seminar will explore the interests and needs of a doctoral network to bring together development doctoral researchers in Sweden.

If you want an issue to be discussed or placed on the agenda, please contact any of the members of the working group before the meeting.

SweDev’s Working Group on PhD Education:
Fredrik Söderbaum,
Anders Sjögren,
Elisabeth Olivius,

Participation in DevRes2021 is free, but registration is mandatory.