Speaker portal: DevNet2020

The DevNet2020 organising committee has been impressed by the abstracts and sessions submitted by researchers, practitioners, policy-makers for this year’s conference. We are currently finalising the sessions and speaker order for the event. The deadline for abstract submissions was: 14 September.

Next Steps

  1. All submissions have been considered and successful speakers notified.
  2. Speakers are being scheduled into the conference programme.
  3. The general conference schedule will be released.
  4. Speakers will receive an email with their final session allocation and the Speaker Guidelines for setting up their session.
  5. Return to this page to upload your Presentation Slides after November 15th.
Session types

Abstracts were submitted to the following sessions:

  • General sessions: abstracts for research or applied presentations on any topic related to the conference theme and questions. Abstracts submitted to these sessions will be grouped with other similar abstracts.
  • Named sessions: abstracts for research or applied presentations corresponding to specific named conference sessions (download detailed description of these sessions here.
  • Student session: Postgraduate students are encouraged to submit abstracts of their research proposals or preliminary results in this session. Speakers will be limited to 5 minutes and presentations will be eligible for a prize.  Alternatively, you may opt to submit an abstract to a general or named session for a longer presentation time slot (e.g. for those with well-developed results).
Submission links

Abstract submissions have now closed.


Please use the relevant template for abstracts uploaded to the submission portal. Download templates:

Information required

You will need to provide the following information, and upload the abstract in Word format using the relevant template:

  • Title of the paper;
  • Up to five keywords;
  • Name(s) of author(s), affiliations and full contact details;
  • Who will be presenting the paper;
  • The type of session to which you are submitting;
  • Whether you wish to present in person or online.

NB due to space restrictions, we will unfortunately not be able to accept all proposed presentations and, depending on submissions, we might sometimes prioritise those who can present in person.

  • We do not require full-length papers to be submitted before the conference.
  • No conference proceedings will be published following the conference. Only the paper title, authors, keywords, and abstract will be placed on the DevNet website, along with the PowerPoints of those who choose to share these with the conference organisers. 
  • Some session organisers might consider publishing a book or journal special edition.  
  • Presentations will normally be allocated a maximum time of 15 minutes, including Q&A. Organisers of specific named sessions might have other parameters in mind which they will convey to you if you are accepted into their session.
  • Delegates may submit and present one presentation each (but may appear as co-author for additional presentations or contribute in another capacity in a panel or workshop sessions).
  • More information about the conference registration process and costs will be available on the conference website by end of June 2020.
  • Keep an eye on the conference website for details of on-line participation opportunities and applicable conference rates.

Named conference sessions open for submission of abstracts

Please note that you can also submit to a General (unnamed as yet) session as long as your presentation aligns with the conference’s overarching themes.

The following named sessions are inviting abstracts (a more detailed description of these sessions can be found here or downloaded here):

Achieving Social Justice and Human Rights through Tourism- Fact, Fluid or Fiction? Labour mobility in lockdown
Addressing the inequality in the academic knowledge production between the researchers in the Global North and in the South Pacific Localisation of development
Beyond business as usual: Recasting ‘development’ for regenerative economies? Measuring progress against the SDGs across the Asia-Pacific Region
Climate Mobilities, Mobility Justice and Planned Relocation in the Asia-Pacific Our voices matter: Bringing an Indigenous perspective to the Sport-for-Development (SFD) Field
Confessions of a Development Practitioner Resource extraction and land grabbing in the Pacific
Decoloniality in Development Studies in Aotearoa: engaging race, gender, sexuality, indigeneity Responding to COVID-19 in the Pacific: Challenges and opportunities for doing development differently
FinTech’s Development Futures SDGs: Just another set of goals?
Geopolitics and international development cooperation in a time of coronavirus Talking aid: communicating for a better world
Health security The heart of Indigenous tourism
Interrogating Partnership in the Changing Governance of Development between the Global North and South Tourism sector resilience and realities in times of crisis

Look out for details of other named sessions on the website at the end of June 2020, and remember, if your proposed presentation does not fit one of the above categories, you are welcome to submit it under the General session category.

Key dates and deadlines

  • Early-bird Registration opened – 1 July 2020
  • Call for Abstracts closed – 14 September
  • Early-bird Registration closed – 27 September 2020
  • Registration closes – 15 November 2020

We look forward to seeing you at #DevNet2020!