Press release

Leading experts recast lens on how states, markets and society will shape new development era

Published on 15 June 2016

On 5-6 July some of the world’s leading experts will join together at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) to take part in an international conference on ‘States, markets and society in a reconfigured world: Defining a new era for development’.

Development has always involved states, markets and societies interacting to define and shape progressive change and IDS has been at the forefront of debates around these interactions since it was founded in 1966. The conference builds on this legacy and seeks to explore how shifting power dynamics, intensifying global interconnections, complex politics, and a growing array of economic, social and environmental shocks are changing the shape and scale of the challenges the world faces today and the roles that states, markets and societies have in addressing them.

The two-day conference forms part of IDS’ fiftieth anniversary celebrations and will bring together 200 leading scholars, policymakers and practitioners from across the world for a serious intellectual debate about emerging development challenges and the shifting roles of states, markets and societies in meeting them.

IDS Director Melissa Leach said, ‘As the Institute turns fifty and development moves into a new era, we need to ask some critical questions about what that new era might look like – asking how the roles and relationships of states, markets and society are changing, and how the move to a more equal, sustainable, inclusive and secure world can be achieved. We are looking forward to some lively discussions’.

Conference activities will include the inaugural IDS Annual Public Lecture given by keynote speaker Professor James Ferguson, Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University and author of ‘The anti-politics machine’ and most recently ‘Give a man a fish: the politics of redistribution’.

Other keynote speakers include:

  • Sunita Narain, Director General, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) and Director, Society for Environmental Communications;
  • Mariana Mazzucato, Professor of the Economics of Innovation SPRU (Science Policy Research Unit), University of Sussex;
  • Professor Adebayo Olukoshi, Director, the African Institute for Economic Development and Planning.

For more information about the conference, or to reserve a place, contact Sophie Robinson, 01273 915763, [email protected]


Notes to Editors:

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is a leading global institution for development researchteaching and learning, and impact and communications, based at the University of Sussex.

Our vision is of equal and sustainable societies, locally and globally, where everyone can live secure, fulfilling lives free from poverty and injustice. We believe passionately that cutting-edge research, knowledge and evidence are crucial in shaping the changes needed for our broader vision to be realised, and to support people, societies and institutions to navigate the challenges ahead.

Download the IDS 50th Anniversary conference programme

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