Transforming Development:
New Actors, Innovative Technologies,
& Emerging Trends

The Human Development Conference is a student-run event sponsored by the Ford Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity at the University of Notre Dame.

The 6th Annual Human Development Conference
February 28 – March 1, 2014
University of Notre Dame

Call for Papers

The Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity and the Center for Social Concerns at the University Notre Dame in collaboration with SIT Study Abroad announce the 6th annual student conference on human development.

Offering participants the opportunity to explore interdisciplinary and sustainable research to improve livelihoods while advancing human dignity, this year’s theme is inspired by the idea that development is an evolving process. A widening set of stakeholders and rapidly advancing technologies raise new possibilities for the field. The conference will be a chance to reflect on both successes and failures in development, while analyzing opportunities created by these new trends.  

With the goal of showcasing student research that investigates collaborative and innovative solutions to address human development’s most challenging issues, we welcome proposals from undergraduate and graduate students to share their research, particularly those based on experiences in the field, in a broad spectrum of topics:

  • Agriculture

  • Aid

  • Business

  • Culture

  • Economics

  • Education

  • Engineering

  • Environment

  • Gender

  • Governance

  • Health

  • Human Rights

  • Infrastructure

  • Migration

  • Peace and Conflict

  • Public Policy

  • Religion

  • Technology

Students interested in presenting a paper should submit their abstract (no more than 500 words) no later than Thursday, November 7. Deadline extended to Thursday, November 14.

For abstract submission instructions please visit:

Invitations for participation will be extended by early December. Students who accept invitations to present at the conference will be responsible for securing funding for travel and other related expenses.

We hope you will join us!