WASD 2021

WASD is very pleased to invite you to its 19th International Annual Conference and 10th Diaspora Annual Conference aiming to bring together academics, universities and research institutions from across the world to collaborate and reconnect with the discourse of Sustainable Development (SD). We were hoping the conference will take place in London Face to Face at Queen Mary University of London following all the health and legal guidelines by the UK government but WASD is making all necessary preparations for running the conference online as the global pandemic lockdown continues across the world. As a result of the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic, for the first time since its inception WASD Conference were organised successfully in 2020 remotely via video conference technologies. In doing so, WASD will use the latest technology in video conferencing from London with participants from all-over the world connecting from homes.

The conference objective is to introduce a variety of fundamental perspectives on the role of Higher Education Institutions (HEI) (universities, colleges and research institutes) to help re-building the global economy and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SD). It is now clearly recognised that innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as being a central driver of economic growth, are also recognised as very important tools to help achieve SD. The conference is therefore aims to discuss and explore various approaches and different ways by HEI which can contribute to enhance and support entrepreneurship eco-system across the world and more specifically in the Developing Countries (DCs). Moreover, the conference aims to explore and critically analyse the current debates around the role of entrepreneurship and innovation in achieving SD. Explore more details about the conference theme here.

Target audience: Academics, researchers, UN agencies, NGOs, civil society groups, women, youth, students, private sector, business, SMEs, government officials and agencies and other stakeholders. The conference is expected to brings together researchers, policy makers, educators, consultants and employers from around the world to exchange knowledge and experience and discuss recent developments and current challenges in both theory and practice. You can also browse sample of  our previous speakers here. The conference program will be published two weeks before the conference date and will normally be tentative and subject to changes due to the large number of participants. For a sample program structure, please check our previous conference programs.