International Development Studies at the Crossroads: Reconsidering Scientific Impact in our Inter-disciplinary Field (Academic Panel)

International Development Studies (IDS) is a “multi- and inter- disciplinary field of study (i.e. not a discipline) that seeks to understand social, economic, political, technological and cultural aspects of societal change, particularly in developing countries”. (EADI, 2005: 10)

Due to its multi- and inter- disciplinary nature, IDS face some specific challenges in terms of the evaluation of its scientific impact and ‘excellence’. This performance is usually evaluated by means of the so-called “Scientific impact factors”, such as the Thomson Reuter’s Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) and the Elsevier’s Scimago Journal Rank (SJR).

The main goal of this panel is to understand the implications of a multi- and inter- disciplinary field of study in terms of its scientific performance, assess its impact factors in the main international citation indexes, look at the emergence of peer-reviewed eJournals in online open access and alternative indexes, and propose actions that EADI and other European development studies associations can pursue in order to increase the scientific impact and attractiveness of IDS.


Sergio Tezanos Vázquez, Associate Professor, Economics Department, Universidad de Cantabria (Spain), Vice-President EADI, President Spanish Association of Development Studies (REEDES)

Gilles Carbonnier, Professor of Development Economics & Director of Studies, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies Geneva, Vice-President EADI