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DSA-Scotland Conference 14 September 2012

Development Studies in Africa and South Asia: Cutting across regions and disciplines

Development Studies Association-Scotland Conference

Friday, 14 September 2012

University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Organizers: Gerhard Anders (Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh), Jeevan R. Sharma (Centre for South Asian Studies, University of Edinburgh).


The main purpose of the conference is to promote a cross-regional and cross-disciplinary dialogue between PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and senior researchers with expert knowledge working in South Asia and Africa.

The conference will provide a platform to interrogate the multifarious ways in which research projects are shaped by and adapt to regionalization and the association of specific development problems with particular regions (e.g. HIV/AIDS in Africa, demography in Asia). Are there research questions that are associated with either Asia or Africa? What are the reasons? Is regionalization useful or problematic? What can we learn from development studies in other regions? How can we bridge the regional and disciplinary divide?



9:45 – 10:15: Arrival and registration. Coffee and snacks will be served.

10:15 – 10:30: Introduction by the organizers.

10:30 – 11:15: Keynote paper by Veena Naregal & Crispin Bates: ‘The Geneaology of the Region within Indian Social Science Discourse’.

11:15 – 12:45:

Mozammel Huq (Dep. of Economics, University of Strathclyde): ‘Microcredit and Poverty Alleviation: A case Study of Bangladesh’.

Irene Banda Mutalima (Oxford Centre for Mission Studies and Wales University):

Responses to the Voices of Poor People: A Reflexive Comparative Study of Microfinance Interventions as a Model for Poverty Reduction’.

Kristinn Hermannsson (Dep. Of Economics, University of Strathclyde):

‘Micro-micro Mismatch in the Economic Development Impact of Education: A Structural Simulation Approach for the Case of Malawi’.

Discussant: Hilary Homans (Centre for Sustainable International Development, University of Aberdeen).


12:45 – 1:30: Lunch.


1:30 – 3:00:

Shishusri Pradhan (Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh):

Sub-regionalization of the Socio-technical Initiative: The National Mission on Biodiesel in India’.

Andrea Jiménez (Royal Holloway University of London):

‘Innovation and Technology Hubs as Spaces for ICT Development: When Africa Innovates’.

Mariama Khan (University of Edinburgh): ‘Regionalization in the Senegambia 1980-2012: Threats and Potential for  Territorial Integration’.

Discussant: Ian Harper (Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh).

 3:00 – 3.15: Coffee break.

 3:15 – 4:45:

Annalisa Addis (Dep. of Social Sciences, University of Cagliari): ‘Researching the link between Humanitarian Aid and Development’.

Kathy Dodworth (School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh):

‘Interpreting the Legitimacy of Aid: Challenges from Within’.

Carine Le Borgne (School of Social and Political Science, University of  Edinburgh): ‘Translation of International Rights to 'Participation' for Children and Young People, to Practices and Experiences at the Local Level: Comparing India (Tamil Nadu) and UK (Scotland)’.

Discussant: Ian Taylor (School of International Relations, University of St. Andrews).


4:45 – 5.15: General Discussion: Cutting Across Regions and Disciplines.


Venue: School of Social and Political Sciences

Chrystal Macmillan Building,15a George


Edinburgh, EH8 9LD

staff room, 6th floor


If you are interested in attending this event please register:,


Supported by Development Studies Association Scotland and Global Development Academy, University of Edinburgh.

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