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Past events

Award of the Ester Boserup Prizes and public lecture

9 June 2017
The Copenhagen Centre for Development Research awarded the Ester Boserup Prizes 2018.
More information about the event is avaílable here


Award of the Ester Boserup Prize and public lecture

27 May 2016
The Copenhagen Centre for Development Research awarded the Ester Boserup Prize for outstanding social science research on development and economic history.
This year’s recipient of the Ester Boserup Prize was Professor Nandini Sundar.
More information about the event is avaílable here


Award of the Ester Boserup Prizes and public lecture

12 June 2015
The Copenhagen Centre for Development Research awarded the Ester Boserup Prize for outstanding social science research on development and economic history.
This year’s recipient of the Ester Boserup Prize was Professor Susan Reynolds Whyte.
This year's recipient of the Ester Boserup Thesis Prize was Steven L. B. Scott, Ph.D.


Emerging Trends in Livelihood Research

Public lectures, Copenhagen, 9 January 2014, 15.00-17.00:

Vulnerabilities, coping, and adaptation: What role for livelihoods research?
Victoria Reyes-Garcia, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Fires in Western Amazonia: Some results of a multidisciplinary research effort
Christine Padoch, Center for International Forestry Research, Bogor


Award of the Ester Boserup Prize and public lecture

3 May 2013
The Copenhagen Centre for Development Research awarded the Ester Boserup Prize for outstanding social science research on development and economic history.
This year’s recipient was Professor James Scott. Scott’s research concerns political economy, comparative agrarian societies, theories of hegemony and resistance, peasant politics, revolution, theories of class relations and anarchism.
The award was followed by a public lecture (video recorded) by Professor James Scott.

New name for the centre

27 February 2013
The Centre for Social Science Development Research changed name to the Copenhagen Centre for Development Research.  The event was hosted by the Department of Food and Resource Economics at the University of Copenhagen.

Illegal logging and legality verification - the FLEGT / VPA as new modes of governance

6-7 December 2012

This conference was organised by IFRO in collaboration with the European Forest Institute and the Yale program on Forest Policy and Governance. A full description and post-conference update are available here.


Case Studies in Development Evaluation: Validity, Generalisation and Learning

21-23 May 2012

The Evaluation Department of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Centre for Social Science Development Research at the University of Copenhagen held an international workshop, which focused on methodological and practical considerations when using case studies in evaluations of development. The workshop was organised in collaboration with the Journal Evaluation; the international journal of theory, research and practice.


Conference: Danish Development Cooperation (Danish only)

10 February 2012 The Centre for Social Science Development Research (SoSDeR) indbød udviklingsminister Christian Friis Bach og danske udviklingsforskere til debat om dansk udviklingsbistand.


Launch of SoSDeR

30 August 2011

The launch was preceded by a workshop discussing the primary objective and the ideal build of the centre and it received great support with many participants and high hopes for the future of the centre.

  • Amongst the keynote speakers was Christian Lund on the subject Property Matters.
  • The director of SoSDeR, prof. John Rand, presented the new centre.

Nordic Conference in Development Economics 2011

20-21 June, 2011

The Development Economics Research Group (DERG) at the University of Copenhagen and the United Nations University - World Institute of Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) jointly organised the 2011 Nordic Conference in Development Economics (NCDE11) at the University of Copenhagen.
The conference aimed at bringing together Nordic and international scholars for exchange of ideas and discussion of recent results within theoretical and applied development economics research. The Conference is an annual event in the Nordic countries and this year featured two prominent keynote speakers and a special session on trade and industrial policy.

Keynote Speakers

  • Professor Howard Pack, Professor of Business and Public Policy, Economics, and Management, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA. Topic: The Evaluation of Industrial Policy
  • Professor Tony Venables, Professor of Economics and Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies, University of Oxford, the UK. Topic: Natural Resources and Development

The special session

on trade and industrial policy was organised together with Dr John Page, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution, and formerly Chief Economist for Africa and Director, poverty reduction at the World Bank. Dr Page is presently external UNU-WIDER Project Director for the joint Brookings-UNU-WIDER project on Learning to Compete (L2C): Accelerating Industrial Development in Africa.

Organizing Committee

  • Professor Carl-Johan Dalgaard, Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen
  • Professor Henrik Hansen, Department of Food and Resource Economics, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen
  • Professor John Rand, Department of Food and Resource Economics, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen
  • Professor Finn Tarp, Director, UNU-WIDER, Helsinki, Finland, and Professor, Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen

This committee worked in close collaboration with the members of the Development Economics Research Group (DERG) at the University of Copenhagen and staff at UNU-WIDER.