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Grassroots to Global: Development from Below

The Global Development Research Group at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR) at Coventry University is pleased to announce a call for papers for their forthcoming academic conference entitled “Grassroots to Global: Development from Below”. This one-day conference will bring together academics, practitioners and policy-makers from across disciplines, focusing on development practice at grassroots level and implications for global development discourse.


In a rapidly changing world, the notion of global development is changing too. The latest shift in this evolving concept is the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by the United Nations General Assembly in 2016, that is the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). However, ‘development’ remains a widely contested concept, with policy-makers, practitioners and activists rarely agreeing on its meaning. Bottom-up approaches to development have been widely advocated as a means to empower local communities to define their own development needs and interests. This conference will provide an opportunity to examine how these approaches interact with global development discourse and policy, and whether a bottom-up strategy is adequate to transform local communities into sustainable development spaces.

Call for Papers

The aim of this conference is to examine and share knowledge on the ways in which communities address development challenges in the context of the global agenda, and how this contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 and beyond.

We are seeking paper submissions on the following topics, or similar, from academics, postgraduate students, practitioners, policy-makers and/or activists, from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines:

  • Social movements, citizens’ initiatives and grassroots actions for development
  • Participation and community development
  • Indigenous/local civil society, prosperity and the SDGs
  • Security at sea, coastal communities and development
  • Indigenous approaches to development
  • Funding for grassroots development activities



Deadline for abstracts: 16th February 2018. Details to include with submission: 200-250 word abstract including the title of the paper and author’s name and affiliation, submitted in Word format to Charlotte Martin at If you have any questions or comments about the conference theme, please contact Hannah Smith via 

May 18

Event Time:
Start time: 10:00
End time: 17:00

Event Location:
Coventry University

Event Contact: