PhD Conference on International Development 2013 PhD Conference on International Development 2013

University of East Anglia, Norwich, U.K.

19 and 20 September 2013


The School of International Development at the University of East Anglia (UEA), in collaboration with the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE), Ruhr-University Bochum, and their partners in the UAMR Graduate Centre for Development Studies, and the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, is delighted to be hosting this year's PhD Conference on in September 2013.

The conference, which is supported by The European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI), is an excellent opportunity for doctoral students to engage with contemporary issues of international development and network with peers. In addition to keynote speakers, the main activity will consist of a series of parallel sessions over the two days, giving many PhD students an opportunity to present their work and get feedback from other students and faculty drawn from the three collaborating institutes.

EADI will be offering free membership to students at the conference. Membership forms will be available at the conference venue.

Call for abstracts has now closed.

Conference programme


All sessions will be held in the Thomas Paine Study Centre. To attend, please register. 



Thursday 19th September





Keynote Speech

Professor Peter Lloyd-Sherlock (School of International Development, University of East Anglia)

Is social protection good for your health? Evidence from low and middle income countries?

Lecture Theatre, Floor 0


Tea and coffee break



Parallel session 1: Conflict 1

Chairperson: Professor Wilhelm Lowenstein (Institute for Development Research, Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

Mathilde Gingembre (IDS, University of Sussex)

Resisting foreigners or fighting neighbours? The contested protest of a rural municipality against a land deal in Madagascar

Matthew Osborne (School of International Development, UEA)

What is the legacy of conflict on co-operative behaviour?

Luis Martinez (LSE and STICERD)

More than Friends? Using the geography of conflict to estimate the impact of foreign assistance to Colombian insurgents

Hussam Hussein (School of International Development, UEA)

Power Assymetries, and conflict and cooperation in Transboundary Water Management in the MENA region

Room 1.4


Parallel session 2: Education

Chairperson: Professor Eva Gerharz (Faculty of Social Science, Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

Christopher Hein (Institute of Education, University of London)

Access-quality trade-offs in policy design: Evidence from ‘Education for All' in Sub-Saharan Africa

Katherine Walker (Institute of Development Research, Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

EU Development Cooperation in Higher Education - Organizational Design vs. Institutional Incentives

Sascha Rosenberger (Institute of Development Research, Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

Organizations' views of development and their effects on education in Paraguay as a developing country

Diego da Silva Rodrigues (School of Economics, University of Kent)

Child care provision and mothers' labour supply: evidence from a school reform in Brazil

Room 1.5





Parallel session 3: Fertility, childhood and nutrition

Chairperson: Professor Mansoob Murshed (International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague)

Milo Vandemoortele (Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE), LSE)

From Parent to Child: The Association between Parental Resources and Cognitive Child Development in Peru

Thiemo Fetzer (LSE and STICERD)

An Urban Legend?! Power Rationing, Fertility and its Effects on Mothers (joint paper with Amar Shanghavi and Oliver Pardo, LSE and STICERD)

Uzma Iram (School of Economics, University of Kent)

The Determinants of Child Mortality: Empirical Findings from Developing Countries

Lucia Latino (Department of Economics, University of Rome)

Undernutrition and Vulnerability to Food Insecurity: A not-so (log)normal distribution for caloric intake

Room 1.4


Parallel session 4: Gender: rights and land

Chairperson: Dr John Cameron (International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague)

Nita Mishra (Food and Business Development Department, University College Cork)

Local women development practitioners: a study of rights based approaches in Odisha, India

Kamla Khanal (School of Geography, University of Nottingham)

Forest Land Rights of Forest-based Women/Men in India and Unaccounted Gender Perspectives

Girija Godbole (Department of Geography, University of Cambridge)

‘Money comes & goes but the land stays': Understanding rural women's perspective on increasing land sale in western Maharashtra, India

Gabriela Alvarez Minte (Birkbeck College, University of London)

Conservative Backlashes to Women's Bodily Integrity in Latin America; The Cases of Mexico and Chile

Room 1.5


Tea and coffee break



Parallel session 5: Health

Chairperson: Dr Pieter Serneels (School of International Development, UEA)

Marta Barazzetta (School of Economics, University of Nottingham)

Adaptation to treatment. Evidence from a disabled sample in Uganda (joint paper with Trudy Owens, University of Nottingham)

Samantha Torrance (School of Economics, University of Nottingham)

"I know my rights, but am I better off?": Institutions and Disability in Uganda (joint paper with Trudy Owens, University of Nottingham)

Anagaw Derseh Mebratie (International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague)

Impact of a Pilot CBHI on Healthcare Utilization and OOP Health Expenditure in Ethiopia

Zelalem Yilma Debebe (International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague)

Analysing Risk and Adverse Selection using Subjective Expectations of Health Expenditure: Evidence from Rural Ethiopia

Room 1.4


Parallel session 6: Markets, off-farm labour and credit

Chairperson: Dr Gabriele Baecker (Institute for Development Research, Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

Joshua Sebu (School of Economics, University of Kent)

Farm households' access to credit: who needs and who gets? Evidence from Malawi

Mohammed Ibrahim (University of Reading)

Off-farm Labour Supply Decision of Households in Rural Nigeria: A Double hurdle model Approach (joint paper with C.S. Srinivasan, University of Reading)

Haki Pamuk (Department of Economics, Tilburg University)

Market Integration and the Evolution of Trust: Evidence from West Africa (joint paper with Erwin Bulte, Wageningen University, and Daan van Soest, VU University Amsterdam)

Saki Tapsell (University of Sussex)

Determinants of credit-constrained status: Evidence from the Vietnamese manufacturing SMEs

Room 1.5


Friday 20th September


Parallel Session 7: Macro and institutions

Chairperson: Professor Rhys Jenkins (School of International Development, UEA)

Marianne Hvidt (Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen)

Firm Diversification

Antonio Pesce (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan)

The international (spillovers in) macro-financial linkages and the decoupling phenomenon

Stefania Paredes Fuentes (School of Economics, UEA)

The Colonial and non-Colonial Origins of Institutions in Latin America

Matěj Bajgar (Department of Economics, University of Oxford)

Exporters' stargate: Supplying multinationals and entry into new markets (joint paper with Beata Javorcik, University of Oxford)

Room 1.4


Parallel Session 8: Conflict 2

Chairperson: Dr Bereket Kebede (School of International Development, UEA)

Thiemo Fetzer (LSE and STICERD)

Can Workfare Programs Moderate Violence? Evidence from India

Jake Lomax (School of International Development, UEA)

Time to Split? Socio-economic determinants of displacement decisions in the Battle for Abidjan

Marjoke Oosterom (IDS, University of Sussex)

The effects of violent conflict and displacement on citizen engagement: a case study from northern Uganda

Room 1.5


Tea and coffee break



Parallel Session 9: Labour, mobility and credit

Chairperson: Dr Maren Duvendack (School of International Development, UEA)

Alessio Gaggero (School of Economics, University of Nottingham)

Jobs come and go, but the Family will always be there (joint paper with Sarah Bridges and Trudy Owens, University of Nottingham)

Teresa Randazzo (School of Economics, University of Kent)

Remittances and Occupational Outcomes of the Household Members Left-Behind (joint paper with Matloob Piracha and Florin Vadean, University of Kent)

Carole White (School of International Development, UEA)

A future for fishing? Perspectives on becoming a fishermen today in East Anglia. 

Room 1.4


Parallel Session 10: Macro: Trade and exchange rates

Chairperson: Dr Edward Anderson (School of International Development, UEA)

Moussé N. Sow (CERDI, Université d'Auvergne)

Interaction Between The Exchange Rate and Tax policies: The Role of the Exchange Rate Regime

Lanre Kassim (School of Economics, University of Kent)

Trade Liberalisation and the Trade Balance in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Pooled Mean Group Approach.

Cathrin F. Olaniyan (Department of Economics, University of Bergen)

Defaults, Private Market Exclusion and Official Lending (joint paper with Ingvild Nordtveit, University of Bergen)          

Room 1.5





Parallel Session 11: Environment: Urbanisation and adaptation

Chairperson: Professor Bruce Lankford (School of International Development, UEA)

David Castells-Quintana (Universidad de Barcelona)

Urban concentration and economic growth: The role of urban infrastructures (joint paper with Vicente Royuela, Universidad de Barcelona)

Andrei Potlogea (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)

Globalization and the Smart City

Clare Shelton (School of International Development, UEA)

Where does adaptation come from? Socio-cognitive factors, decision-making and adaptive capacity in Fijian villages

Abate Mekuriaw (Institute for Development Research, Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

Climate Variability and Change in the Rift Valley and Blue Nile Basin, Ethiopia: Local Knowledge, Impacts and Adaptation

Room 1.4


Parallel Session 12: Rights, capabilities and agency

Chairperson: Professor Nitya Rao (School of International Development, UEA)

Graeme Tolley (School of International Development, UEA)

What's love got to do with it? Experiences and perspectives of young men in a Gujarati village

Raphaëlle Bisiaux (Development Planning Unit, University College London)

Unpacking the socio-historical construction of the Capability Approach and its consequences in terms of applicability and relevance in developing contexts. The case of self-realization, freedom and agency in Kathmandu urban slums

Anca Dracan-Iacoban (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)

Evaluating Moral Deviants

Adam Clark (Newcastle University)

Intention, Immanence, and the Individual in Development Theory

Room 1.5


Tea and coffee break



Parallel Session 13: Aid and donors

Chairperson: Dr Laura Camfield (School of International Development, UEA)

Ingvild Nordtveit (Department of Economics, University of Bergen)

Partner country ownership – Does better governance and commitment to development attract general budget support?

Florian Sarges (University of Potsdam)

Elite Compatibility in ODA Project Design. Does it matter if a project design is compatible with the interests of political and economical elites of the recipient country?

Francis Darko (School of Economics, University of Kent)

Commercialisation and Efficiency of Microfinance Institutions in Sub Saharan Africa

Room 1.4


Parallel Session 14: Livelihoods and agriculture

Chairperson: Dr Ben D'Exelle (School of International Development, UEA)

Stephen Whitfield (IDS, University of Sussex)

Weighing up the risks: Constructing pathways of change in smallholder maize agriculture in Kenya

Samuel Marden (LSE and STICERD)

You Can Grow Your Own Way: Rural Reforms and the Role of Agriculture in Chinese Development

Abu Hayat Md. Saiful Islam (Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn)

The Performance of Integrated Agriculture with Aquaculture (IAA) by Indigenous People in Bangladesh: A Value Chain Analysis Framework

Room 1.5


Wrap-up session

Lecture Theatre






Please view the guidelines for speakers, chairpersons, and rapporteurs


The conference will be held on 19th and 20th September 2013 on campus at the University of East Anglia, in the beautiful and historic city of Norwich, U.K.

The conference is free to attend, and lunch will be provided. Accommodation is not provided.

To register as a delegate, please sign up at our eventbrite site:

The programme of speakers will be posted online shortly.

Accommodation and getting to Norwich

On campus accommodation is available at Broadview Lodge, or alternatively there are many hotels and bed and breakfasts in the city centre. Norwich itself has good transport links to the rest of the U.K. and Europe. London is less than two hours away by train, giving some visitors the option of travelling from Europe via Eurostar. KLM also flies to Norwich International Airport, and thereby connects the city with many international destinations via Amsterdam Schiphol. The campus is easy to get to from Norwich train station, coach station, and airport. On registration, more detailed information about accommodation, and travel to and within Norwich, will be sent.

We very much hope you will be able to join us in September. Registration will open in July, but please do email Sophie Bremner at to express your interest.