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The event is expected to bring together scholars, public and private experts, statistical producers, as well as all other key stakeholders to discuss data on development. It is a means for exchanging expert opinions on the conceptualization of development and the aggregation of statistical data.
Consequently, we invite scholars, researchers, and policy makers to contribute papers focused unexclusively on the following topics:

  • Theories of development and their limitations. Recent perspectives on development and progress at regional, national and supra-national level;
  • Globalization and supranational integration – providing the setting for development;
  • Case studies/ empirical findings on the technical and methodological possibilities for measuring development; tools and instruments designed to be used in the process of grounding strategic documents and public policies;
  • Insights on the proper means of depicting/communicating progress to stakeholders, policy makers and the general public;
  • The connection between objective (measurable) progress towards the development goals, on one hand, and the public perception of that progress, on the other;
  • Evidence-based policy making;
  • Case studies focusing on Romania, the CEE block, and the EU as a whole.


Papers accepted to this conference can be presented either within one of the three following panels, or in the open sessions.
1.    Envisaging Development in the Contemporary Society: Theory and Public Debates
2.    Measuring Development: a Difficult Endeavour for Researchers and Policy-Makers
3.    Communicating Development: How to Make Sense in Big Data Series


Important deadlines

  • August 30th, 2017 Abstracts submission
  • September 5th, 2017 Authors notification
  • November 15th, 2017 Full papers (tentative version) submitted
  • January 10th 2018 Submission of full papers selected for publication

Nota bene: Only selected papers will be published in an edited book with ISBN at an international publishing house.
The abstracts (max. 300 words, followed by 3-5 keywords) will be submitted for review in MS Word format, by using the online submission form available here (you need to register first and login with your account). Please note that you may choose to present in one of the conference panels or in open sessions.

The official language of the conference is English. The authors will be notified via email on the status of their submission. 

Since this conference is part of a EU-funded project, there is no conference fee. Furthermore, the project will fund (flight + accommodation 3 nights in Bucharest) a number of maximum 20 scholars coming from EU Member States, provided they will contribute with relevant presentations and full papers. In order to evaluate their eligibility for project-based funding, willing participants are kindly requested to fill in the online form available here (you need to register first and login with your account).