DevNet2020 programme published – registration open until 15 Nov

With DevNet2020 a month away, we invite you to explore the latest programme that gives an overview of the various sessions. Details for each session are available on the session descriptions page here.  The speaker line-up will be published by November 10th.

#DevNet2020 will provide bring together devleopment practitioners and scholars for conversations on development matters. Secure your place here:

Be part of the action

Here are FOUR reasons to be at DevNet2020:

❶ a line-up of four eminent keynote speakers

❷ three plenary panels: 3-Minute Aid Pitch, Pacific Voices and the Great Debate, featuring representatives of academia, government, civil society and the private sector

❸ with more than 150 practioners and scholars from across the South Pacific region and 6 other countries accepted to present in-person and virtually, the conference promises to offer a rich array of perspectives

❹ a hybrid conference which links Pacific DevNet2020 Hubs at the National University of Samoa and The University of South Pacific virtually to Massey University to widen inclusion of Pacific voices

Register for DevNet2020

Registration for #DevNet2020 in Palmerston North, New Zealand will close on the 15th November 2020.

Standard (in person)NZD 490
Student (in person)NZD 250
Virtual non-presenter NZD 100

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We hope to see you at DevNet2020 on 2 December 2020.

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DevNet2020 early bird registration extended to 9 October 2020

The deadline for #DevNet2020 early bird registration is now Friday 9 October. With 4 fabulous keynote speakers from across the #Pacific region, 3 plenary sessions and more than 100 practitioner and research papers, #DevNet2020 is sure to provide plenty of food for thought on #developmentmatters.

Secure your place here:

Keynote speakers

Read more about the keynote speakers here:

Programme overview

Take a look at the rest of the programme and sessions here:

We hope to see you at DevNet2020 in December 2020!

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#DevNet2020 Call for Abstracts extended to 14 September

The deadline for abstracts for #DevNet2020 has been extended by 2 weeks. The new deadline: is 12 noon NZ time on 14 September. The deadline for early-bird registrations has been moved to 27 September.

Abstract Submission

Abstracts for the following presentation types are welcome: research, applied (practitioner) or a student presentation. Abstracts can be submitted for named, general (as yet unnamed) or student sessions. Please visit the website for details of session types, paper requirements, and submission guidelines. Named sessions are listed below, and session descriptions can be found here or downloaded here.

Abstract templates can be downloaded below and should be submitted through the relevant submission link. Click on the button below, or scroll down.

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#DevNet2020 Call for Abstracts now open until 30 August

We are delighted to announce the first call for abstracts for the 12th Biennial Conference of the Aotearoa New Zealand International Studies Network (#DevNet2020). The DevNet2020 organising committee now invite researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and others to submit abstracts for research and applied sessions.

Abstract Submission

The deadline for abstract submissions is: 12 noon NZ time on 30 August 2020.

Abstracts for the following presentation types are welcome: Research presentation or Applied (practitioner) presentation.

Abstracts should be submitted through the relevant submission link (see below).

Please visit the website for paper details and submission guidelines. Scroll down to download templates from this blogpost.

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#DevNet2020: Call for Session proposals extended to 1 June

The DevNet2020 Conference Committee are excited to share that we remain committed to hosting our conference later this year (December 2-4).  In the face of the COVID-19 situation, we have spent the last month pondering how we can best deliver a 12th Biennial Conference in a time when ‘Development Matters’ more than ever.

Adjusted key dates

Firstly, we have decided to extend the deadline for the call for session proposals (now June 1st). Furthermore, the call for abstracts will now open on June 11th.   Please also see updates to other key dates on the conference website.

Innovating Development conferences

We plan to host a face-to-face conference for domestic delegates, as well as those from neighbouring countries if travel restrictions are eased. To encourage the inclusion of international speakers and delegates, we will also incorporate significant online components and remote participation options.  

We’re looking at ways to configure all aspects of the DevNet2020 to allow optimal participation by all delegates and speakers, regardless of location.  Therefore, as soon as we have the details worked out, we will provide more information about online participation. Look out for specific pages on technical requirements for speaker and delegates and other FAQs.

Furthermore, we’ll document and share and lessons learnt with development practitioners and organisations.

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#DevNet2020: Call for session proposals

We are delighted to invite you to propose sessions for the DevNet2020 conference, to be hosted by Massey University from 2-4 December in Palmerston North.

Conference themes

Regardless of who we are or where we live, we all want our whānau, friends and communities to live safe, healthy and prosperous lives on a thriving planet. At the DevNet2020 Conference we will explore contemporary development matters, by asking the questions:

  • Why does development matter and how?
  • How can we achieve the Sustainable Development Goals?
  • How can we stop climate destruction while also reducing poverty and inequality?
  • What are Indigenous perspectives on social change?
  • Should we abandon the ‘development project’ and embrace an alternative way of viewing human and planetary life?

If you care about the wellbeing of people in Aotearoa and around the world and about the Earth we live on, Development Matters is the Conference for you.

What is a session at DevNet2020?

A session is a 75-90 minute segment of the conference that has a unified theme. We are seeking creative, inspirational formats in addition to conventional paper presentation sessions. Session proposals could include debates, workshops, reflections on policy, round tables, talanoa/kōrero outside on mats, slam poetry and so forth. Feel free to collaborate with others across the development sector (academia, MFAT, NGOs, community groups, consultants) to propose an entire session that you will recruit people for and run (in which case, details of participants and their organisational links should be provided), or merely suggest a theme and format then when we do the Call for Papers we will see if others would like to join your session.

What topics or themes will be considered?

Topics might range from ‘Confessions of a development practitioner’ through to ‘Climate action at work in the Pacific’, ‘Measuring progress against the SDGs’, ‘Health security in the wake of measles and COVID-10’ and ‘Does the private sector really care about development?’.

Key dates

You have until 24 April 2020 1 June 2020, so don’t delay submitting your session proposal. Please download and complete the template here or below and e-mail it to

Call for papers

Following a review of the session proposals, a Call for Papers will open on 11 June 2020. This is this time when individuals can submit abstracts which either relate to a specific named session, or which align more broadly with the conference themes.

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