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Epistemological Issues in International Development

Epistemological Issues in International Development


One day workshop

School of International Development, University of East Anglia, Norwich

10am - 5pm, 26th November 2016


The School of International Development at the University of East Anglia will organise a workshop on epistemological issues in international development. This workshop targets PhD students of development and will be held at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. There is no registration fee for the workshop.

The workshop will do the following:

  • Explain and distinguish key terms- epistemology, methodology, methods
  • Outline the specific epistemological issues of prominence in development studies
  • Present three separate sessions as follows:

               - Epistemologies and debates in social analysis

               - The epistemology of natural science

               - Epistemologies in economics


The three sessions will be led by experienced researchers in the respective fields: Professor Cecile Jackson (social analysis), Dr John McDonagh (natural science) and Dr Bereket Kebede (economics). Each will give constructive and critical accounts of strength, weaknesses and debates around those forms of knowledge, relevant to development studies research.

Current PhD development students from any university can register for the workshop by sending an email to Verity Burton at Please indicate your university, year and topic of your thesis. In the subject box of your email, please insert 'Register for epistemology workshop'.


Places are limited; early as register as early as possible!




Julian Study Centre 2.02,

University of East Anglia,


NR4 7TJ.