Hi All 

Please see below 4 sessions sponsored by the Critical Development Studies Group (3 x standard sessions and 1 post-graduate-led workshop). 

Please send your abstracts of no more than 200 words to the conference website https://absoluteevents.eventsair.com/QuickEventWebsitePortal/iag2017/web/ExtraContent/ContentSubPage?page=1&subPage=3 and to session conveners (see their emails below) and to paul.hodge@newcastle.edu.au by Wednesday, 5 April

Take care
Paul (on behalf of the CDSG)
The IAG Conference 2017 is being held in Brisbane and will bring together local, national and international geographers to find out why 'Geography Counts'.

1. Contemporary Themes In Critical Development Studies
Sponsored by: Critical Development Studies Group
Phoebe Everingham (Phoebe.everingham@newcastle.edu.au), Paul Hodge and Sarah Wright (Sarah.wright@newcastle.edu.au), University of Newcastle

Development is a highly contested practice, rationale and imaginary. The myriad power configurations of development both constrain and enable across the majority and minority worlds as the meanings and practices of development continue to have significant effects. And while development’s technologies, networks and processes remain problematic, it endures through its tantalising promise of hope. This session invites contributions across a broad range of contemporary themes relevant to development and its problematisation. Papers may include topics such as: 
2. Critical Geographies Of Climate Change Adaptation And Development In Oceania 
Sponsored by: Critical Development Studies Group
Sophie Webber (Sophie.webber@sydney.edu.au), University of Sydney and Andrew McGregor (Andrew.mcgregor@mq.edu.au) Macquarie University

The islands of our neighbouring region are climate hotspots: They are subject to both the extreme risks of climate change impacts as well as to extensive experimentation in climate change adaptation and development interventions. The small island states of the Pacific region expose the limits of adaptation, stressing this transformational program of change, as well as inviting insights into how to live on the edges of climate change. These sites, therefore, are essential to understanding new constellations and contradictions of international assistance and climate interventions. As such, this session invites papers that explore the critical and relational geographies of climate change adaptation and development in Oceania. In particular, we seek papers that make critical, and theoretically informed, contributions to understanding the limits, contradictions, imaginaries, and potentials of climate change adaptation and development programs and policies. Topics could include, but are certainly not limited to:
3. Politics Of Measurement And Evaluation In Development During Resistance And Populism 
Sponsored by: Critical Development Studies Group
Sophie Webber (Sophie.webber@sydney.edu.au) University of Sydney

Like many political and policy worlds, the development arena has seen a growing demand for measurement, evaluation, and evidence. This includes a shift from global development hegemon, the World Bank, to demand a transformation in development practice towards sharing global ‘solutions’ and best-practices, as well as the increasing deployment of medical-inspired randomized control trials for generating development economic knowledge. Within the industry, the scientization of development is acclaimed as a necessary method to ensure effectiveness and efficiency in aid spending. Moreover, best-practice designations and experimental evidence are routinely represented as objective and legitimate. At the same time, scientific and development expertise has been subject to critique from anti-elitist and populist movements, as well as by critical scholars and resistance movements. 
Given this conjuncture, this session seeks contributions that engage with the politics of measurement, evaluation and evidence-based policy in the development industry. Potential questions and topics include: 
4. Writing Co-Produced Worlds: Perspectives From Early Career Researchers In Critical Development Studies
Sponsored by: Critical Development Studies Group
Yasa Belmar (y.belmar@uq.edu.au) University of Queensland

Early-career researchers (ECRs) and practitioners who work to understand and improve urban, regional and rural governance face peculiar challenges related to the co-production of knowledge for social transformation. For practitioners, these challenges can relate to the broad constellation of actors, diverse interests, and entrenched power relations which shape governance in these territories. For early career researchers, collaborating to create empowering and emancipatory representations of these worlds can be a daunting task. This postgraduate-led workshop will take the form of a facilitated discussion among participants, who will reflect on the following questions: 
The aim of the session is to catalyse the formation of ongoing cross-institutional writing circles or communities of (research) practice in the area of critical development studies.