Obstacles to Development
7th Annual Sociology of Development Conference
19–21 October 2018
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois
Development investments and interventions should ultimately lead to self-sustaining solutions that are supported by local governments, institutions, and stakeholders. There are many obstacles to such development efforts, however, that occur at multiple scales and extend over varying periods of time. Local actors, national inequalities, and regional policies may impede change, just as longstanding elements in the international economic system could also serve as significant obstacles to development.
The purpose of the Seventh Annual Sociology of Development Conference is to identify and explore some of the many obstacles to development present in the world today. We are seeking thought-provoking presentations and engaging conversations on numerous topics from a wide range of perspectives, approaches, scales, and disciplines. The University of Illinois is pleased to provide development scholars with an outstanding venue to exchange ideas and to explore the essential features of development’s underlying challenges.
Instructions for submissions of papers or sessions
Individuals wishing to present original research should send their paper abstracts or session proposals to SOC-DEV2018@illinois.edu.
Paper abstracts should not exceed one page (approximately 250 words) and should include the title of the paper and the name, rank, institutional affiliation and email address of all authors.
Session proposals should include the name, rank, institutional affiliation, and email address of the session organizer(s). The proposal should include a title and a brief abstract (250 words maximum) that describes the session and ideally how the session fits into the conference theme. For pre-constituted sessions, please include the names, paper titles, ranks, and institutional affiliations of the presenters in the session.
The deadline for submissions is 1 June 2018. Acceptance/rejection notifications will be sent out by the middle of July.
Detailed information about the program, including the venue, accommodations, and registration information, is available on the conference website:
There is a small fee for registration: $50 for faculty and $25 for graduate students.