Transforming Development:
New Actors, Innovative Technologies
& Emerging Trends

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

The annual student-led Human Development Conference (HDC) at the University of Notre Dame brings together hundreds of students—from Notre Dame and universities across the country and around the world—who are passionate about development. They share their research experiences in the developing world and discuss the meaning of authentic human development from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

Our Theme

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. 

Research Presentations

Students will present their research in the context of broader development themes, including environmental sustainability, resource instability, crime, gender, health, discrimination, and solidarity in development.  Participants will explore novel approaches to improving livelihoods and advancing human dignity.

And More!

Sponsored by the Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity at Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the conference is cosponsored by Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns and SIT Study Abroad, a program of World Learning. The majority of the student research to be presented was facilitated by conference sponsors.

The HDC is a certified “green conference” in partnership with Notre Dame’s Office of Sustainability.