ICRD 2017

05.09 - 08.09.2017  
Bern, Switzerland

The International Conference on Research for Development (ICRD 2017) will be held in Bern, Switzerland, from 5–8 September 2017.


ICRD 2017 is the fourth in the conference series. Its umbrella theme this year is "Evidence. Engagement. Policies."

ICRD 2017 will be co-hosted by the Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (r4d programme) and by the University of Bern’s Centre for Development and Environment (CDE).


University of Bern’s UniS Building


Access all details of the themes and sessions here:

Theme 1: How can we ensure that health, food systems, and sustainable agricultural systems mutually reinforce one another to better support people’s livelihoods and well-being?

- Agrobiodiversity and seeds in changing food systems
- Challenges for the transformative “new science of sustainable food systems”
- Challenges in yam systems for improved livelihoods in West Africa
- Citizen-driven Water Management for Healthy Lives and Sustainable Agriculture
- Commercializing Agriculture–Reorganizing Gender
- Commoditization, employment and the question of land: How does access to land shape employment conditions in the rural labour market?
- Enhancing utilization of Climate Services for strengthening livelihoods in low and middle income countries
- Impacting beyond niches: exploring approaches for up- and out-scaling innovations in mountains areas
- Novel Fertilizers – for Nutrition-Sensitive and Climate-Smart Agriculture
- Organic farming for improved livelihoods, health and food security in tropical smallholder farming communities
- Research uptake pathways to evidence-based policy and practice – a LANSA experience

Theme 2: How can we deal with environmental sustainability while achieving economic development?

- Applying a nexus approach to sustainable management and use of natural resources in a context of institutional transformation. Evidence from Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan)
- Evidence for policy: Approaches for effectively supporting policymaking towards sustainable development
- Integrating ecosystems, water resources and energy to manage wastewater and improve the quality of life in urban areas
- Understanding and transforming drivers of land systems in a globalized world
- Securing and enhancing access to land for smallholders in shifting cultivation systems

Theme 3: How can we promote inclusive, equitable, and peaceful societies?

- Behavioural “fixes” for inclusive business: creating the human “software” to achieving SDGs?
- Being defined by past location: displaced communities, conflict memories, and the right to return
- Conflict transformation and peace-building research contributions to Sustainable Development Goal 16
- “Extending social health protection systems in low and middle income countries”: the role of partnerships between NGOs and research institutions
- Making Trade More Inclusive
- The Micro-Politics of Gender and Violent Conflict
- The role of norms in peace processes

Theme 4: How can we ensure that partnerships are transformative?

- Addressing multiple SDGs: The relevance of multisectoral approaches for sustainable development
- Alternative knowledge production for social transformation
- Building transformative partnerships between health services and communities as a means to advancing the Agenda towards Sustainable Development: A pathway foward
- Doing transformative research for sustainable development ‘at scale’: Learnings from Future Earth and other global research efforts
- Increasing equality in partnerships – views from the field, from policy makers and from funders
- Partnerships for producing and effectively using knowledge that advances transformations towards sustainable development
- Scientists are from Mars, Policymakers are from Venus: How to Build Transformational Partnerships in a World of Conflicting Priorities
- Testing the Research Fairness Initiative (RFI) as a tool for fair, efficient and effective research partnerships
- Towards Transformative Partnerships for Sustainable Development in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Cases from South Africa and Myanmar
- Transformative partnerships by participatory modeling
- Uses of evidence in contested contexts. Political? Technical? Transformative?

Keynote speakers

David Chiriboga
Esther Turnhout
Dina Pomeranz
Erle Ellis
Koko Warner


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