Call for Papers: UNRISD International Conference 2018 at the United Nations in Geneva (Funding Available)

Call for Papers: UNRISD International Conference 2018 at the United Nations in Geneva (Funding Available)

Deadline: April 20, 2018

The UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) is accepting papers for its international conference on Inequalities, Elite Power and Social Mobilization in Geneva in November 8-9, 2018. The conference marks the start of an UNRISD research inquiry into political processes that determine the prospects for progressive change towards sustainable development, which will run from 2018 to 2020.

Through this Call for Papers, UNRISD invites researchers and practitioners to submit proposals for papers to be presented at the conference that critically explore the various causes of deepening inequalities in the current context, their implications for sustainable development, and strategies and mechanisms being employed to reverse them.

The papers, presentations and ensuing discussions at the UNRISD conference and in the subsequent research project will bring innovative research evidence, in particular from the Global South, into UN debates and policy processes, and contribute to concrete policy recommendations and a better understanding of how to build progressive alliances for more equitable, sustainable and just societies.

Key themes include:

  • The role and influence of elites
  • The role of institutions in perpetuating or curbing inequalities
  • Shifting class structures and identities
  • The effects of deepening inequalities on local lifeworlds
  • Actors, alliances and social mobilization for progressive change


The International Conference is planned for 8-9 November 2018 at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. UNRISD aims to cover travel and accommodation costs for as many paper presenters as possible. In the event of financial restrictions, priority will be given to presenters from developing countries.


  • Open to researchers and practitioners across the world
  • Abstracts are accepted in English, French and Spanish.


  • Successful candidates will be notified by 15 June 2018 and invited to submit a draft paper (approximately 6,000 words), due no later than 31 August 2018.
  • Some candidates will also be invited to prepare shorter think pieces of approximately 1,500 words for publication on the UNRISD website and global promotion via UNRISD’s communication channels.
  • Subject to peer review, selected papers will be published under the UNRISD research paper series, in an edited volume through a commercial publisher, or as a special issue of an academic journal. They should, therefore, not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.

To participate, please read the full Call for Papers and then follow these instructions:

    1. Click on the “Submit Abstract” button below, then click on “Login” (top right) and create an account with Indico, the UNOG accreditation system.
    2. You will be sent an email with an activation link. (Also check your spam folder). Click on the link to activate your account.
    3. Go to this page on Indico and log in (top right) using your newly created credentials.
    4. Click on “Submit abstract” in the box on the left and fill in the boxes. Remember to attach your CV as a pdf.

Your extended abstract will be approximately 500 words long and will outline the main issues, hypotheses, arguments, methodology, country/regional focus, case studies to be considered, structure of the paper and keywords.

For more information, visit UNRISD Call for Papers.