Call for Abstracts – 8th PhD Conference on International Development 19th–20th September 2019

The 8th PhD Conference on International Development is a student-led event organized by PhD students from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and the School of Global studies at University of Sussex (UK).

This conference represents a collaboration with a number of institutions in Europe; School of International Development, University of East Anglia (UK); the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University of Rotterdam (The Netherlands); the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE), Ruhr-University Bochum, the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF), Duisburg, Essen and the Institute of Political Science (IfP) (Germany).

This PhD conference brings together current or recently-graduated doctoral researchers in development studies and related disciplines, but attendance is not limited to PhD students of the partner institutes. This conference is an opportunity for doctoral students to present to a larger audience to get critical and well-informed feedback. The conference will offer an international platform for exchange with fellow students, senior academics, and experts.

Abstracts are invited for presentations (oral and poster) on topics that address or touch on, one or several of the following sub-themes from current or recently graduated doctoral students:

  • Deconstructing frames of inequalities
  • Sustainability in times of uncertainty
  • Partnerships and collaborations in development
  • Inclusivity and reflexivity in research methods

HOW TO APPLY: Submit a 500 word abstract including the methodological or theoretical approach, the preferred sub-theme, full name, institutional affiliation, and contact details to “” by 15th May 2019 (successful candidates will be notified by 15th June 2019).

The conference will include two keynote lectures, yet to be confirmed, parallel sessions, a guided poster walk, lunch, refreshments and one conference dinner. Moreover, the organizers may be able to provide limited travel and accommodation funds to presenters from low-income developing countries.

For current information, please visit the IDS website.

Free, online, business skills training for PhD students

Consultancy, start-ups, spin offs and more – How to take your research expertise into the business world

The Business Boost Online series offers free business skills sessions for postgraduate research students (PhD students) delivered live via a virtual classroom.

The series is comprised of online, interactive teaching sessions, which cover the fundamentals of commercialising research output and making an impact on the business world. You are free to sign up for a many of the sessions as you like.

You can view the live sessions from a computer, tablet or smart phone in the convenience of your own home or another location of your choice. The sessions are interactive, via web chat communication with the tutor throughout.

Click here for further information and to sign up for a session(s).


The series is part of ‘Business Boost’, an ESRC-funded project offering business skills training to PhD students at universities within the South East Network of Social Sciences.

If you have any questions about the series, please contact Andrea Finegan ( or Maddie Copley (

Free start-up course in Brighton for young entrepreneurs

Supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing” Walt Disney

2019 is the year to stop talking about what you want to do and start taking some positive steps towards achieving your goals. Sometimes all it takes is a leap of faith to START SOMETHING!

Are you aged 16-30 and dreaming about…?

– Starting your small business
– Developing your existing business idea
– Developing your business plan
– Setting up your side-hustle 
– Finding your voice in the work-place

Or simply, thinking more like a savvy entrepreneur!

If the answer is yes, the Next Generation – Start Something! free course is for you. Click here to find out more information and to register for the Brighton events running throughout March and April, including:

Wednesday 20 March – How do I start?
Wednesday 27 March – Who is my market?
Wednesday 3 April – Spread the word!
Wednesday 10 April – Your first customer?
Wednesday 17 April – Show me the money!
Wednesday 24 April – Live the life

Researchers in Schools – Teacher Training Route for PhD graduates – Deadline Monday April 1st

The Researchers in Schools programme is the world’s only route into teaching tailored exclusively to PhD researchers. They look for candidates with a desire to improve the educational prospects of pupils across the country and outstanding interpersonal skills to train to become classroom teachers. As a subject leader within your school, you’ll help support pupils, regardless of background, to excel and progress to higher education.

On the Researchers in Schools website you can find out more about how the programme is specifically designed for doctoral researchers as well as the many unique benefits the programme can offer you, including:

  • Generous funding, supported by the Department for Education
  • Structured teacher training
  • Protected time to focus on improving outcomes for pupils from underrepresented backgrounds, promoting university access and research
  • The honorary academic status awarded from a research-intensive university

Each week they offer an information webinar that is free to attend; all you have to do is register online! You can find the details for those here.

Please visit the website for more information, and get in touch via if you have any questions! The deadline is Monday April 1st.