Pathways to Development Conference 2023

Please note that the Call For Papers for the Pathways to Development Conference 2023 is now closed. Please click at the following link to view the Call For Papers.

Inequalities & Social Justice

Economic growth and poverty reduction can, and often do, exist with widening inequalities between and within countries. Inequalities matter because unequal societies have lower levels of human capital, less social cohesion and lower trust in the state. Inequalities threaten to destabilise societies, arrest development and create injustice and indignity for the poor and marginalised. Economic, social and political inequalities can systematically exclude marginalised groups from any progress experienced by wider society.

While economic growth rates are a mainstay in policy planning, much less attention is paid to how growth, development, participation, and progress is distributed across geographies and populations, or the ways in which burdens of poverty, violence and climate change are disproportionately borne by the few. Various forms of inequalities – gender, vast differences in wealth, identity-based discrimination along ethnic, religious and linguistic lines, by location and disabilities – intersect to exacerbate the effects of one on the other.

The second Pathways to Development Conference is issuing a Call For Papers for work on Inequalities and Social Justice in economics, sociology, politics and political economy, to find solutions to the grand challenges constraining sustainable growth in Pakistan and the region. The work on various dimensions of inequalities may be located within broader thematic areas such as that of public health, the labour market, education, gender, climate change, political movements and participation, urban development and others.

Keynote Speakers

Types of Proposals

Submission Details

To apply, please submit proposals / full papers / extended abstracts by July 31, 2023. Submissions are to be made via email to conference@ideaspak.org with the subject: ‘Submission for Path2Dev Conference 2023.’ All submissions should clearly mention names, affiliations and contact details of authors and/or suggested presenters. Accepted applicants will be notified by Sept 30, 2023. Submissions accepted on the basis of extended abstracts will be expected to submit full papers by Oct 31, 2023.

Across all types of submissions, we welcome work grounded in rigorous empirical methods – including qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods used in the social sciences – on dimensions of inequalities that focus on Pakistan, as well as papers from other settings that have implications for Pakistan’s context. Submissions will be peer reviewed by referees with a track record of academic publications in various areas. Some submissions may be considered for academic poster sessions.

Please note that limited funds are available for travel and accommodation. Our priority is to defray the costs for early career researchers and PhD students from low and middle income countries.

For any queries, please drop us an email at: conference@ideaspak.org.