Barcelona Development Conference

An International, Interdisciplinary Conference sponsored by the World Society Foundation
May 11-13, 2017, Barcelona, Spain,

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 the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI), the World Society Foundation (WSF), the Sociology of Development Section of the American Sociological Association (ASA), and the International Center for Development and Decent Work (ICDD), 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.

Confirmed keynoters include Catherine Boone (LSE), Melani Cammett (Harvard), Patrick Heller (Brown), Sam Hickey (Manchester), Timur Kuran (Duke), Branko Milanovic (CUNY), and Maristella Svampa (CONICET).

The WSF provides 30 travel grants to participants for cover their travel and accommodation costs. These grants are given on a competitive basis for the strongest paper submissions, though with a preference for graduate students, and scholars and policymakers working at institutions in the Global South.

The organizing committee will develop sessions based on the pool of submissions it receives and group related papers into thematically connected panels.


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2016 Annual Development Conference

2016 Annual Development Conference–October 6-8–Cornell University

Please join us in Ithaca, New York, for an extraordinary conference focusing exclusively on development sociology! There will be over 200 participants from around the world, including an excellent mix of scholars at all stages of their careers, presenting their wide-ranging research topics across 40 paper sessions and 4 keynote plenaries.  Even if you are not presenting, there will be multiple opportunities to engage with development practitioners as well as development academics, including at a dinner and dance on Friday with a post-dinner talk by Jonathan Glennie, a well-known writer and practitioner in International Development (  The UC press will be present to launch our new Handbook of Development Sociology, and to promote the Sociology of Development journal.  We hope to see you there!!!  For more information, please check out the conference website here


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Sociology of Development Journal

The Sociology of Development journal was created through the efforts of this section’s members with the specific purpose of increasing the publication outlets available to development scholars in sociology, and to increase the presence of sociologists in national and international debates about development.  To make sure this resource is as valuable as possible to our membership, we need YOU to support the Sociology of Development journal in the following ways:
1.  Cite the excellent articles published in the journal!  The more we cite the journal, the higher will be its impact factor, and the greater weight it will carry.  This is not only important for ensuring that a sociological perspective is included in larger development debates, but it also supports our young scholars on the job market and seeking tenure by ensuring that their publications are given the recognition they deserve in a high impact journal.  Here is the journal’s website:
2.  Submit your own cutting edge research!  We want to make this journal THE place to go for top development research on a diverse variety of development topics, so we need you to send your best research here.  This is true for all scholars, but especially for our established senior scholars, who have a bit more flexibility in where to place their articles.
3. Encourage your institution’s library to subscribe to the journal, if they haven’t already. And if you have any other ideas about how to increase the visibility of the journal, please don’t hesitate to let us know.  


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CFA-Sectors Editor

We are seeking a new co-editor of our section newsletter, Sectors!  This is a great opportunity for a young scholar to become involved with the section and network with other individuals in our subfield.  The newsletter is published semi-annually (in the fall and spring semesters) and includes news from the Council and members of the section, feature stories, calls for papers and other opportunities in the field, and the section’s official reports. Sectors is e-mailed to all current section members through the listserve and posted on the section’s website and Facebook page.

The co-editor will have a two-year term from August 2017 to July 2019.  During the first year (2017-2018), the new editor will work in a team with one of the current co-editors. During the second year (2018-2019), s/he will continue working with a new co-editor selected in 2018.  Both co-editors will work collaboratively to shape the content and formatting of the newsletter. S/he will not only respond to submissions but seek out and develop original content for the newsletter.

The Section Council will select the co-editor from all interested parties, and the co-editor will report to the Council regularly (during council meetings).  The co-editor will work closely with the Chair and the Secretary-Treasurer of the Section.


  • Member of the Sociology of Development Section;
  • Strong teamwork skills;
  • Strong organizational skills, including ability to meet deadlines;
  • Strong written communication skills;
  • Strong MS Word and Acrobat Reader skills (both programs are currently used to format the newsletter);
  • Graduate students are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Application consists of:

  • a brief (1-2 paragraph) statement of interest and qualifications
  • a one-page CV

Please submit applications to: by December 31, 2016.

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Sectors Newsletters

Current and past editions of Sectors are now archived under the Sectors Newsletters menu tab.

You may also access the most recent newsletter here: Spring 2016

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New Policy Briefs: Issues 4-6

Three new policy briefs are now available:

Issue 4: “How States in the Global South Can Create Jobs – Even If They Are Clientelistic or Broke”by Samuel Cohn, Texas A&M University

Issue 5: “Making Slums Liveable” by Patrick Heller, Brown University

Issue 6: “Food Price Instability and Global Food Crises” by Bill Winders, Georgia Tech

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New Development Sociology Policy Brief Series: Sociological Insights for Development Policy

Our section is very pleased to announce the formal launch of our new policy brief series: Sociological Insights for Development Policy. The purpose of the series is not only to raise awareness of the thought-provoking research being done by members of our section, but also to strengthen engagement between scholars, policy makers and development practitioners. Our long-term aim is to enhance sociology’s impact on development discourse and practice throughout the world.  For more information about the Sociological Insights for Development Policy series, or if you would like to contribute a brief, please contact Brian Dill at

Sociological Insights for Development Policy

Volume 1: 

Issue 1: “In Defense of Microcredit Over Cash Transfers,” by Paromita Sanyal, Florida State University

Issue 2: “Making Medicines in East Africa: Foreign Aid in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS and for Local Industrialization,” by Nitsan Chorev, Brown University

Issue 3: “Development Sociology in Impact Evaluations,” by Shruti Majumdar, World Bank

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