The A-id x SDGs conference on “The Sustainable Development Goals in global perspective”


As part of the mission to link academic knowledge with the real world, the first Agenda for International Development (A-id) x SDGs conference aims to address a constellation of normative and empirical questions concerning governance, financing, implementation, evaluation and achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Following a two-year process of negotiations and consultations, the Sustainable Development Goals replaced the Millennium Development Goals in 2015. The 2030 Development Agenda is a fundamental blueprint for action for all countries, rich and poor. The list of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 169 targets and more than 200 indicators serves as a wake-up call to the entire development community.

Parallel to the widespread enthusiasm across politicians and a large part of the development community, observers have expressed a number of concerns with the 2030 Development Agenda. Experts think that 17 goals and 169 targets are too many. Other practitioners and academics consider the SDGS as “unfeasible”, “too ambitious”, “not ambitious enough” and “unachievable” without a revolution of the mechanisms of development financing and evaluation.

Simultaneously, the odd conception of international development as a transfer of money from rich to poor countries has lost importance. The advent of new actors in development assistance, a changing political landscape, synergies with the private sector, technologies, and the Internet, may significantly influence the distribution of responsibilities for development.

At the heart of this conference, there is the belief that, to capture the complexity of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we need to bridge different academic disciplines, vernacular knowledge and local expertise. In this intellectual milieu, A-id invites practitioners and scholars from development studies, economics, public policy, law, political science, political theory, social policy, and sociology to submit abstracts and articles examining different aspects of the SDGs including but not limited to:

  1. Making sustainable development operational: the governance of the SDGs
  2. Economic, social and environmental pathways to sustainability
  3. Indicators and data availability
  4. Financing the SDGs
  5. The EU role in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda

 Type of submissions

This call invites researchers with an interest in international development and the SDGs to submit abstracts and papers on the topics identified above.

Panel proposals are also accepted. Proposals for ninety-minutes panels should include the name of the chair, the name of at least three speakers, the abstracts of the papers and a brief statement of fit with one of the conference’s themes.

For abstracts and paper proposals, please anonymise your abstract and send a separate document with the following information: title of the paper, author name and affiliation.


July 30, 2018: Abstracts submission for the conference

Directions and further information

Abstracts should be between 300 and 500 words and should include the main points that will be covered in the article: theories, methodology, and findings.

Papers should be between 6000 and 8000 words.

Abstracts and papers should be submitted by email to:

Label your message “Abstract for the A-is x SDGs conference”. Save the file as the name of the first author.

For any queries related to the Call for Papers, contact us via:


Oct 29 2018 - Oct 30 2018


08:00 AM - 06:00 PM


Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies
Pisa, Italy
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