Conference [Sept 20, Vancouver]: Diaspora, Sustainability and Development

Diaspora, Sustainability and Development: Meeting at the Nexus

September 20, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

SFU’s Segal Graduate School of Business, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC

Call for Presentations & Panel Concepts

Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Sustainable Community Development, Institute for Diaspora Research & Engagement, School of International Studies, and the Faculty of Environment’s Development and Sustainability Program invite you to participate in an inaugural conference focused on the intersection of development, sustainability and diaspora studies.

Over the past two decades the discourse and practices of international development have begun to recognize and embrace diaspora communities as key agents of change. However, what appears to be missing in the evolving “diaspora and development” discourse is explicit concern for the environment and issues of sustainability. Conventional discourse/text places emphasis on diaspora contributions in such areas as remittances, employment, and investment, yielding quantifiable outcomes including economic growth and poverty reduction. But the usual focus omits the uneven economic and environmental impact of diaspora-led development on the Global South, and also in Canada.

The deadline for submissions of presentations and panel concepts is July 28, 2014. Please include the following information using the online form:

  • Abstract, 250 words
  • Short biography, 100 words
  • Panel theme
  • Proposed alternative panel theme

For more information please visit the conference website.

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