Rising Powers Young Researchers Network (RP-YOUR)

Initially bringing together PhD students and early-career researchers exploring the role of rising powers in international development from across IDS and the University of Sussex, RP-YOUR seeks to expand within Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development’s global networks.

The network aims to become a global online community of research and policy engagement, promoting training and career development opportunities.

Rising Powers Young Researchers Conference, 1 March 2016 

With support from the University of Sussex Doctoral School’s Researcher-Led Initiative Fund, the Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development and the Rising Powers Young Researcher Network are inviting young researchers to take part in this excellent opportunity for showcasing their research, relevant to the political debates that will occur around 2016 being the first year of the Global Goals, the BRICS Summit in India and the G20 Summit in China. 

Several questions are arising:

  • How different are the development cooperation models adopted by rising powers from each other and from those espoused by the OECD-DAC?
  • What new types of development encounters are emerging from rising powers’ development cooperation activities?
  • What are the tensions between the roles played by solidarity, geopolitics and commercial interest in rising powers’ engagements with Africa and other regions?
  • Does the recent decline in rising powers’ rates of economic growth signal the decline of their appeal as partners and models for developing countries?
  • What can the North learn from the rising powers for its own development in an era of universal SDGs?

The questions are many, and these do not exhaust the debate.

Keynote speaker

We are delighted to announce that Dr Emma Mawdsley, Reader and Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge has accepted our invitation to be keynote speaker.

Provisional programme

The conference will from 08:30-17:45 on 1 March 2016.


  • Welcome, introductions and framing address
  • Panel 1 Rising Powers and the political economy of international engagements
  • Panel 2a Emerging diplomacy – roles and partnerships
  • Panel 2b South-South cooperation – horizontality, affinities and beyond
  • Rising Powers Young Researchers Network – next steps
  • Panel 3a Rising Powers, new development thinking and the role of business
  • Panel 3b:Rising Powers and the search for sustainable and equitable development
  • Recollection –  summary of insights from the simultaneous panels
  • Keynote speech by Dr. Emma Mawdsley on Researching South-South and Arab (Development) Cooperation: epistemological and methodological challenges

Download Rising Powers Young Researchers Conference – final programme

Launch of World Development special issue

The conference will break at lunch for lunchtime seminar which will see the launch of a World Development special issue on ‘China and Brazil in African Agriculture’, chaired by Ian Scoones.

Speakers include: Xiuli Xu (China Agricultural University), Lidia Cabral (IDS), Alex Shankland (IDS) and Jing Gu (IDS).

Call for papers

Conference organisers are inviting submissions which can be theoretical, empirical, or policy oriented and can range from topics including:

  • Agriculture
  • Civil Society
  • Climate Change
  • Conflict and Security  
  • Development finance and new financial institutions
  • Energy and sustainability
  • Global Governance
  • Inequality
  • Health
  • Private Sector
  • Science and Innovation
  • Trade Policy

Deadline for submission of abstracts: Friday 15 January 2016

Download the Call for Papers Rising Powers Young Researchers Network

Key contacts

Louise Oakley

Research and Learning Programme Manager

Maddalena Procopio

Research Officer


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Project details

start date
1 May 2015

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