Academic track (session IV)

in partnership with AIB, Graduate Institute-CFD, CEPR, NYU, UNU-WIDER, SIEL, CCSI
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19 October 2023
12:30 - 13:30 Abu Dhabi

For more than three decades, UNCTAD’s Division on Investment and Enterprise has contributed to advancing research, policy analysis and technical assistance on foreign direct investment (FDI), the activities of multinational enterprises (MNEs), and international production, most notably through its annual World Investment Reports. It has done so in close collaboration with the academic community.

The WIF 2023 Academic Track is organized in partnership with leading academic institutions and associations in disciplines related to investment and development. The track includes a series of thematic events (elsewhere on the programme) integrating research and ideas from leading scholars, researchers, executives from global companies and senior policymakers. It will cover a broad spectrum of issues related to foreign investment, MNEs and development, including themes such as the energy transition, sustainable infrastructure, FDI and women empowerment, SME internationalization, and industry 4.0 and the future of global investment.

The academic track will start with a keynote session followed by a roundtable dialogue, setting the tone and objectives for the week. It will then combine the thematic sessions with a stand-alone academic research conference organized by the academic partners. Leading scholars will run the discussions in core sessions of the WIF, to create synergies between academia and the multi-stakeholder community, cross-fertilizing debates. A series of daily roundup sessions will provide a unique opportunity to hear about the latest research emerging in the field, to reflect on the core issues and themes discussed across the Forum, and to influence the future research agenda on investment for development.

CALL FOR PAPERS: The call for papers for the WIF 2023 Academic Research Conference on Investment in Sustainable Development is available on: We welcome applications until 30 April 2023.

Session themes:

  • International Economics and Development: FDI, gender and inequality


Adjunct Associate Professor, NYU Abu Dhabi and Research Affiliate, Centre for Behavioral Institutinal Design
Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy in the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh
Assistant Professor of Economics, City University of New York
Head of Secretariat, Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi), The World Bank Group