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Development in the face of global inequalties

From Thursday May 11, 2017 at 15:30, to Saturday May 13, 2017 at 18:30
Institut Barcelona d'Estudis internacionals (IBEI)

An International, Interdisciplinary conference sponsored by The World Society Foundation

How can development occur in the face of mounting global inequalities and the rapid depletion of the world’s resource base? Innovative approaches are needed to better understand recent trends in the distribution of wealth, income and opportunities in the capitalist world economy, and more fully comprehend the availability, use, and governance of resources. Original ideas are equally needed to gain insights into the transformative politics that might help to address the tensions and possible trade-offs between inequality reduction and sustainability. Co-organized by IBEI, the World Society Foundation (WSF), and the Sociology of Development Section of the American Sociological Association (ASA), this conference invites scholars, practitioners and policy-makers to explore new directions for analyzing these pressing challenges and identify the kinds of institutions, policies, and collective action that are (or would be) necessary for achieving the reduction of global inequalities in a sustainable manner.
Throughout the conference, there will be keynote plenary panels that engage and move forward debates on the following topics:

  • Sustainable Development and Global Inequalities: Inequality of what, between whom, and why? What is sustained, for whom, and why?
  • Finance, Sustainable Development, and Inequality: What are the implications of the “financial turn”? What inequalities does it reduce, reinforce or create?
  • Natural Resources, Sustainability, and Inequality: What (could) make large-scale resource extraction and land acquisition sustainable?
  • Beyond Institutions? Rethinking the Politics of Development: What kinds of politics “work” to reduce inequality and ensure sustainability?

The conference preliminary program and schedule is available here (as a downloadable PDF).


You can register as a conference attendee.

For more information about the conference, please visit their website: http://www.globalinequalitiesconference.com/