2nd Research Conference on Forced Displacement

Call for Proposals

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The JDC’s 2nd Research Conference on Forced Displacement will be held on May 28-29, 2021 in Bogotá, Colombia, in partnership with the School of Economics at Universidad de los Andes.  

The conference will gather academics, practitioners, and policymakers for interactive presentations, panel debates, and policy sessions on the latest data and evidence on forced displacement, with a special emphasis on research on internally displaced populations. The conference will be preceded by a Policy Forum on Forced Displacement on May 27, 2021. 

The JDC solicits submission of papers on the collection and analysis of microdata on forcibly displaced populations and their hosts. Therefore, the Center invites researchers and practitioners to submit completed papers or extended abstracts to be considered for inclusion in the conference, at fdresearchconference@worldbank.org  by  October 31, 2020. The papers will be selected by a scientific committee comprising senior practitioners and academics from the World Bank, UNHCR, Harvard University, and Universidad de los Andes.

The final selection will be notified by January 06, 2021.  Economy air travel and hotel will be covered for one presenter for each paper.

The 2nd Research Conference on Forced Displacement will have a particular – albeit not exclusive – focus on research on internally displaced persons. The choice of the conference venue is therefore not accidental. Colombia has endured over 60 years of protracted conflict and has the highest number of internally displaced persons in the world. Moreover, there is a track record of policies, program design, and academic research related to the humanitarian and development responses to the displacement crisis in Colombia. The Colombian experience can be informative to promote new research and gather attention on emerging scholarship on this topic from around the world.

A final conference program will be shared in January 2021, which will include multiple academic sessions, side events, and a dedicated policy session. 

Key note speakers (tentative)

Ana María Ibáñez

Principal Economics Advisor at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and a Professor at the School of Economics in Universidad de los Andes

Edward Miguel

Oxfam Professor in Environmental and Resource Economics, Dept. of Economics, Berkeley University of California and Faculty Director of the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) 

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