November 9-11, 2018
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, MI
THE CALL FOR ABSTRACTS IS NOW CLOSED. Notification letters will go out by August 25th.

Sustainable development, as a concept and call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and guarantee human well-being, is perhaps the greatest challenge facing humanity. The complexity of the meanings of sustainable development have meant that many scholars, researchers, decision makers, and practitioners see in it diverse ways in which to aspire for and achieve societal goals. Scholarly research, student training, and new opportunities for meaningful change continue to increase, especially with the United Nations-sponsored Sustainable Development Goals finding traction with governments and NGOs alike.In collaboration with the journal World Development, this international conference on Sustainability and Development seeks to bring together a diverse and interdisciplinary constituency to engage with the best approaches and means to implement the Sustainable Development Goals and assess progress towards them.

We received over 2,200 abstracts for oral presentations, lightning talks, panel sessions, posters, and workshops. Abstracts are currently being reviewed for conference theme fit.

Abstract guidelines can be found here. The submission of full papers (from those whose abstracts are accepted) will be strongly encouraged, and the best 25 papers will be published as a special issue.

Coordination Committee:

Arun Agrawal, School for Environment and Sustainability
Kelly Askew, Anthropology
Jennifer Blesh, School for Environment and Sustainability
Bilal Butt, School for Environment and Sustainability
Ivan Eastin, School for Environment and Sustainability
Joe Eisenberg, School of Public Health
Leela Fernandes, Women’s Studies Political Science
Mary Gallagher, Political Science
Elisabeth Gerber, School of Public Policy, Political Science
Allen Hicken, Political Science
Meha Jain, School for Environment and Sustainability
Pauline Jones, Political Science
Ken Kollman, Political Science
Larissa Larson, Urban Planning
Maria Carmen Lemos, School for Environment and Sustainability
Nancy Love, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Shelie Miller, School for Environment and Sustainability
Brian Min, Political Science
Josh Newell, School for Environment and Sustainability
Anne Pitcher, Afroamerican and African Studies, Political Science
Lutgarde Raskin, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Elizabeth Roberts, Anthropology
Cristy Watkins, School for Environment and Sustainability

World Development Editorial Advisory Board:

Sabina Alkire, University of Oxford
Kojo Amanor, University of Ghana
Christopher B. Barrett, Cornell University
Michael Bratton, Michigan State University
Axel Dreher, Heidelberg University
Jean Dreze, Ranchi Universit
Christelle Dumas, Université de Fribourg
Eliana La Ferrara, Università Bocconi
Ana María Ibanez, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia
Pamela Jagger, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Stephan Klasen, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Melissa Leach, University of Sussex
Christian Lund, University of Copenhagen
Katharina Michaelowa, Universität Zürich
Sophie Mitra, Fordham University
Jonathan Morduch, NYU Wagner
David Mosse, University of London
Susan Parker, University of Maryland
Daniel Posner, University of California at Los Angeles
Agnes Quisumbing, IFPRI
Vijayendra Rao, World Bank
Martin Ravallion, Georgetown University
Helle Munk Ravnborg, University of Copenhagen
Mireille Razafindrakoto, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement
Karen Seto, Yale University
Sheona Shackleton, Rhodes University
Rainer Thiele, The Kiel Institute for the World Economy
Thierry Verdier, Paris School of Economics
Jackline Wahba, University of Southampton
Leonard Wantchekon, Princeton University
Matthew S. Winters, University of Illinois

World Development Associate Editors:

Anthony Bebbington, Clark University, Melbourne University
Catherine Boone, London School of Economics
Michael Clemens, Center for Global Development
Jean-Philippe Platteau, Université de Namur



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