Date: 15 October 2014
Location: Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies of Geneva
Organized in cooperation with academic partners, including the Graduate Institute, Geneva, the Academy of International Business (AIB), the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL), and the European International Business Academy (EIBA) the academic conference session took the form of a multi-disciplinary dialogue to shape a future policy-orientated research agenda on “investment for development” for the next 15 years and beyond. Discussion focused on aspects of development in which corporate investment is crucial, and in which policy can play a pivotal role in ensuring that such investments is overall beneficial to countries, communities and individuals. The disciplines represented at the session include international business, international economics, investment law and development, though the intention is to widen the scope of disciplines further, as relevant.
The current paradigm shift in policy from liberalization to greater regulation, as well as towards an emphasis on sustainable development goals, in the context of the transformation of the global economy over the last few decades, creates a great demand for research, policy analysis and consensus building among member states.
The time is thus opportune for UNCTAD and academia to join forces in establishing a common multidisciplinary research agenda, to be fostered and implemented through a research network.
This joining of forces was discussed and the idea embraced during the multidisciplinary academic conference and a number of inter-related elements were agreed, including:
Finally, an organisation structure will be devised to further this work, encompassing perhaps an advisory council, executive committee and network teams/focal points, working closely with network partners.
Click here to download the session outcome report, that provides further details, including the wider context and the current research agenda.