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: https://devnet.org.nz/devnet2020-registration/

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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 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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