Friday 13 January 2017

Call for papers: Early career researchers workshop 'From Rising Powers to Interdependent Futures', 21 June 2017, Manchester

The emergent economies, most notably China, India, Brazil, South Africa, and Russia are no longer ‘emergent’. They are at the centre of the global stage. As economic actors, these Rising Powers exercise large-scale influence on: global governance; global production, trade, labour and financial flows; the environment; the generation of new knowledge and innovation; and geo-political relationships. These changes have implications for other developing countries' engagement with the Rising Powers. They also have consequences for the developed world as it negotiates new relationships and partnerships with the Rising Powers. We are, thus, witnessing a key transformative moment in world history, with implications that will shape the global economy, and global economic and social relationships over the next few decades.

This early career researchers’ workshop is linked to a larger international conference on the same core themes, which concludes the ESRC ‘Rising Powers and Interdependent Futures’ research programme. The workshop aims to give early career researchers an opportunity to present and discuss their research related to the Rising Powers, and to exchange their ideas and findings with peers, senior academics and other experts on the subject.

We encourage proposals for papers from across the social sciences, including but not limited to anthropology, political science, development studies, geography, law, and economics.

Contributions are especially invited around the following themes:
  • Innovation systems, emerging technologies, and the roles of the Rising Powers in shaping global innovation
  • The roles of the Rising Powers in peace and security architectures at regional and global levels
  • The roles played by the Rising Powers in cross-border relations and in shaping regional integration with neighbouring countries
  • South-South cooperation and the emergence of Rising Powers as actors in international development
  • Rising Powers, global partnerships and financing for development
  • The impact of the Rising Powers on developing countries through changes in the global economy
  • Social and environmental issues within the Rising Powers
  • Impact of the Rising Powers on social and environmental issues beyond their borders, e.g. South-South cooperation and investment in low carbon technologies, engagement in global governance on social and environmental standards, climate change, etc
  • Changing geographies of global development in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Southern identities or the cultural dimension of ‘Southerness’ that is implicit in claims of affinities within the global South
  • Rising Powers roles in changing geographies and governance of global value chains and global production networks
  • Papers on any other areas that help understand the ways in which the Rising Powers shape our interdependent future

- Abstract submission: 10 March 2017. Please send your abstract (max. 300 words) to and indicating 'early career workshop' in the subject line

- Full paper submission: 12 May 2017 (max. 8,000 words excl. abstract, notes, references etc.) Papers will be circulated to discussants prior to the workshop.

There is no registration fee for the workshop. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Unfortunately, we are unable to reimburse travel and accommodation expenses.