Conceptual and Policy Implications Beyond MDGs

2015 marks a critical turning point in which Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will be superseded by Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), pushing the global dialogue on development to consider transnational trends and newfound data.

Millennium Development Goals

Over 50 faculty, PhDs, researchers and others from Canada, China, the United States elsewhere gathered for a trio of panels consisting of 20 presentations to consider the state of global development & possible directions post-2015. 
Regrettably, they were not able to be joined by the expected delegation from YASS (Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences). The YASS delegation, led by its President Professor Ren Jia, is due to visit EDR and UMass Boston at the end of April to hold an extended Workshop with selected participants.
All presentations at the Workshop reflected work in progress for PhD proposals/theses, research projects/mss andprogram/policy development relevant to drawing an overview of post-2015 development and to identifying conceptual and policy implications beyond MDGs and towards SDGs, which generated lively discussions in and around the panels. 
This overview captures some of the major themes which serve to reinforce innovative directions in the interdisciplinary PhDProgram in Global Governance and Human Security at UMass Boston. As Dean Ira Jackson noted in his opening remarks,UMB is also entering its second half century, post-2015.
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Presenters of the workshop

Timothy Adivilah

Timothy Adivilah is a PhD student in Global Governance and Human Security at the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston. He has a Master’s degree in Political Science and another in International Affairs (multidisciplinary) both from Ohio University. His bachelor’s degree is in Political Science and Swahili from the University of Ghana Legon. His current research interests border on citizen engagement, human security and development in Africa, with a focus on natural resource governance.

Negusu Aklilu

Negusu Aklilu  is currently a PhD student at the GGHS Program of UMB. He has robust work experience as a civil servant, civil society leader and adviser for DFID in Ethiopia. As director of a local NGO, Forum for Environment, he provided strategic leadership in advocating for environmental rights in Ethiopia and Africa; served as a representative of civil society organizations in the National Environment Council, served as the Editor-in-Chief of Akirma: A Magazine on Environment and Development and Co-Editor of the Ethiopian Environment Review; co-initiated and co-chaired the Ethiopian Civil Society Network on Climate Change, which comprised 60 local and international organizations; was a founding member and board member of the Horn of Africa Regional Environment Center/Network between 2010-2012; served as Co-chair of the UNEP Major Groups and Stakeholders Advisory Group on International Environmental Governance; and Member of Board of Directors (representing the NGO chamber) and the Review Committee of Fair Flowers and Fair Plants (FFP), a multi-stakeholder consumer label for flowers based in the Netherlands between 2005 and 2010. He has received local and international recognitions and awards for his efforts. In line with this, he was selected as one of the 13 Emerging Leaders by the Global Environmental Governance Project in 2009; one of the 25 most influential Ethiopians in 2009/10 by Addis Neger Newspaper; a distinguished fellow by the Global Network for Africa’s Prosperity; and named a Yale World Fellow in 2011. Negusu’s current research interest is concerning the environmental collaboration between China and Africa.

Catherine Ali

Catherine Ali, PhD (IGDS, The UWI, St. Augustine) is a Consultant in Mediation and Restorative Justice. Catherine also has a Certificate in Education from LSU College, Southampton, UK and acquired her Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Southampton, UK. In 2010 she submitted her Master of Philosophy Thesis at UWI, St. Augustine and following examination, was upgraded to PhD status. She graduated with a PhD in 2013. Catherine has an extensive resumé in Mediation and Conflict Resolution, and has extensive training and experience on a global scale. In 2010 she presented a Justice Policy Paper

at the International Conference on Penal Abolition at Queen’s University in Northern Ireland. More recently in September of 2012 she served as the Coordinator of Country Expert Report for asylum appeal in relation human trafficking and human rights violation in the UK. Catherine has also served as an Assistant Lecturer in the Mediation Studies Programme at UWI.

Mary Cazabón

Mary Cazabón, Ed.D. brings experience to EDR in design and inception of innovative research- based programs for English learners (ELLs) and English-only students including Dual and Foreign Language programs, Transitional Bilingual Education programs, and Sheltered English Immersion classrooms. She has extensive experience in conducting research and evaluation, and in delivering technical assistance to schools, districts, universities, and state departments of education. From 1994-2008, she served as Director of Bilingual/ESL Programs (Kindergarten through Grade 12) Cambridge, MA, and has rendered technical services to dual and foreign language programs and instructional programs for ELLs as well as evaluations through her work from 2008 to present at WestEd. She is currently the Title III Coordinator of two Graduate Certificate Programs through Applied Linguistics at UMass Boston: Teaching Science to English Language Learners and Teaching Social Studies/History to English Language Learners.

Derek Hall

Derek Hall  is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Balsillie School of International Affairs at Wilfrid Laurier University. He researches the political economy of food, agriculture, land and the environment, with a focus on Japan and Southeast Asia. He is the author of Land (Polity, 2013) and, with Philip Hirsch and Tania Murray Li, of Powers of Exclusion: Land Dilemmas in Southeast Asia (NUS Press and University of Hawai’I Press, 2011).

Merritt Hughes

Merritt Hughes  is a doctoral candidate in Public Policy at the McCormack Graduate School of Public Policy and Global Studies, University of Massachusetts, Boston. Previously, she worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a Senior Economist on topics including  energy  and  climate  change,  rural  development  and  agricultural finance. Merritt has published articles related to these subject areas as well as more theoretical work on modeling methodologies including computable general equilibrium with a financial sector, and financial networks. She undertook a consultancy for the OECD, LEED in 2013-14 on social change associated with ageing labor markets in Japan and guest lectured at the Sorbonne on demographic change. Her current thesis focuses on how the analytical framework adopted to study greenhouse gas mitigation strategies influences policy design.

Jay Jang (Jin Seop)

Jay Jang (Jin Seop), PhDc is the Managing Director of Educational Divide Reform (EDR) and conducts academic research on global governance and human security at the Department of Conflict Resolution, Global Governance, and Human Security at McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global studies in the University of Massachusetts Boston. He received his Master of Administration (MPA) in national security from Harvard University’s Kennedy School (HKS) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from New York University (NYU). He served as a strategic planner at the ROK-US Combined Forces Command and studied on national security issues at Harvard University under the current U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Ashton Carter. Jang has conducted research on the areas of International Security and Peace, National Security, Human Security, Intercultural Leadership Education, Educational Equality, and Social Enterprise.  He is currently developing the projects of Human-Centric National Security for the Peace in East Asia as well as the projects of Global Citizenship Education. He also has managed the educational programs of cross-cultural leadership and international peace for students from Japan, China, Korea, and Brazil.

Darren Kew

Darren Kew  is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance at UMass Boston. He is also an Executive Director of the Center for Peace, Democracy, and Development. He studies the connection between democratic institution building in Africa and the development of political cultures that support democracy, particularly in terms of the role of civil society groups in this development. Kew has worked with the Council on Foreign Relations’ Center for Preventive Action to provide analysis and blueprints for preventing conflicts in several areas around the world, including Nigeria, Central Africa, and Kosovo. He has also been a consultant to the United Nations, USAID, the US State Department, and to a number of NGOs, including the Carter Center in a 1999 effort by former President Carter to mediate the Niger Delta conflicts. His work on how conflict resolution methods promote democratization of national political cultures is one of the first of its kind linking these important fields. His research interests include civil society, conflict prevention, transnational civil society development, religion, ethnicity, and conflict resolution.

Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra

Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra  is a PhD candidate at the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security and Global Governance, University of Massachusetts Boston. He is also a Fellow at the Center for Peace, Development and Democracy in the same university. He earlier worked at Central University of Punjab, University of Mumbai and University of Jammu, India. He was a recipient of Scholar of Peace Award (New Delhi) in 2007 and Kodikara Award (Colombo) in 2010. He was a Charles Wallace Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast in 2010. His areas of interest include conflict management and peacebuilding in south and central Asia. His book Conflict and Peace in Eurasia was published by Routledge in 2013.

Stephan Manning

Stephan Manning  is an Associate Professor of Management and founding member of the Organizations and Social Change Research Group at the University of Massachusetts Boston. His research interests include global services sourcing, sustainability standards, and project network organizations. He has published in major academic journals, such as Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, and Research Policy, and maintains various blogs. He is current Chair of the Academy of International Business US- Northeast Chapter.

Deborah N. McFee

Deborah N. McFee  has worked for the last seventeen years in the area of Gender and Development. She holds an MA in the Politics of Alternative Development from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague. Deborah’s experience includes research on the impact of small arms and light weapons on women and girls in select communities in her country of Trinidad & Tobago, also the ways in which traditional gender norms influence emerging Human Security vulnerabilities experienced in small island developing states in the Anglophone Caribbean. She has worked throughout the English speaking Caribbean developing National Policies for Gender Equity and Equality.

Muqaddisa Mehreen

Muqaddisa Mehreen  is a PhD fellow at the McCormack School at U Mass Boston and holds a masters in International Development, Masters in Computer Science and Masters in Public Administration. With eighteen years of national and international experience as a technical advisor and project manager with the World Bank and United Nations, and working with non-governmental organizations, government line ministries, higher academic institutions and international agencies in Asia and United States of America and North America in the education and training sector with a strong record of accomplishment in: Gender and Development, Youth, Education policy and sector analysis, Strategic planning, Mission and team leadership, Project/program design and appraisal, Project administration/supervision. As a Fulbright and Feldmen fellow Mehreen has worked as research associate at the Kennedy School at Harvard University and has gender and education related publications.

Craig N. Murphy

Craig N. Murphy teaches at Wellesley College and the University of Massachusetts Boston’s McCormack Graduate School for Global and Policy Studies. He received the 2013 International Studies Association (ISA) Distinguished Senior Scholar Award in International Political Economy for his work on global governance and economic development. He is past president of the ISA, past chair of the Academic Council on the UN System, and a founding editor of Global Governance. His recent publications include a Japanese translation of his history of the UN Development Programme, UNDP: A Better Way? (2014), and a Portuguese translation of his study of global governance, International Organization and Industrial Change: Global Governance Since 1850 (2014).

B. Jane L. Parpart

Jane L. Parpart  is a research Professor at the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance at McCormack Graduate School of UMASS Boston University. Her areas of expertise lay in Development, Gender Studies, Social Policy, Conflict and (In)security. Parpart is a board member and co-editor of Politics, Power and Gender Justice in the Anglophone Caribbean, IRDC-funded project with University of West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago. She is coeditor with Marysia Zalewski of Rethinking the Man Question: Sex, Gender and Violence in International Relations (ZESaveD Books, 2008).

Bo Peng

Bo Peng  is a PhD fellow affiliated with the Research Center on Development and International Relations (DIR), the Department of Culture and  Global Studies, Aalborg University in Denmark. The title of his PhD thesis is “The Rise of China and Global Governance in the era of Interdependent Hegemony”. The objective of this PhD project is to contribute a framework for understanding and analyzing the outcome and impact on the existing system of global governance brought about by the rise of China as a shaper and mover in the contemporary international order. Over the past decades, numerous studies have attempted to explain whether China’s rise would become a vindicator or a challenger to the international system from either the coexisting perspectives or the conflictual perspectives. However, both of these two perspectives are based on the framework of US-based hegemony which cannot appropriately be applied to analyze the contemporary international relations in an era of the rise of emerging countries and the relative descent of US power. Consequently, this project is designed to fill in this knowledge gap by adopting a few new approaches, among them, a new conceptual tool of understanding which is strengthened by a core theoretical concept – “interdependent hegemony” – proposed by Professor Li Xing, who has published a few works in these areas. Furthermore, the dissertation’s empirical focus is to be placed on “global governance”

ranging from governance norms to institutional designs, where China’s impact has generated an indispensable global attention on reforming the existing structure.

Yuliya Rashchupkina

Yuliya Rashchupkina  is a PhD candidate in Global Governance and Human Security program at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her current research interests are in the discourses and practices of international development cooperation and the ways in which climate change issue gets mainstreamed in international development. She has previously worked with Ukrainian NGOs and development aid agencies on human rights and community development programs (primarily in east Ukraine). She has authored chapters in the publications on public access to comprehensive city plans in Ukraine, public participation in urban planning, prevention of public schools closures in rural areas and the state of civil society development in Ukraine. She has also previously worked for think tanks, and educational institutions both in Ukraine and in the United States.

Timothy Shaw

Timothy Shaw  is a Research Professor at the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance of McCormack Graduate School and a Graduate Program Director of Global Governance and Human Security PhD Program. He has an extraordinary record, both as a scholar and administrator, most recently as professor and director at the Institute of International Relations at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine in Trinidad; associate research fellow at UNU Comparative Regional Integration Studies in Bruges; and distinguished research associate with the North-South Institute in Ottawa, Canada. Shaw previously directed the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London where he remains professor emeritus. As of February 1, 2013, he is an assigned professor in the faculty of social science at Aalborg University; and he continues to be visiting professor at Mbarara and Stellenbosch Universities in Africa. In June of 2014 he received a honorary degree of Doctor of Letters at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He edits international political economy book series for bothAshgate Publishing and Palgrave Macmillan. His most recent  co-edited  works  include Africa’s  Challenge  to  International  Relations Theory (pb 2013), Comparative Regionalism for Development in the 21st Century: Insights from the Global South (2013,). Diplomacies of Small States (pb 2013), Africa & IR in the 21st Century (2012), and Rethinking Development: Challenges for Public Policy (2012).

Rebecca Tiessen

Rebecca Tiessen is Associate Professor in the School of International Development and Global Studies at the University of Ottawa. Rebecca is currently the President of the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID) Her research areas include gender and development as well  as global citizenship and learning\volunteer abroad. Her recent book is titled Globetrotting or Global Citizenship: The Perils and Potential of International Experiential Learning (edited with Robert Huish). Some of her work can be found on her websites: and .

Juan Xu

Juan Xu  joined the Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences, as a Research Assistant in 2010 and an Assistant Research Fellow since 2013. She is a PhD candidate of China University of Political Science and Law since 2012. Now she is a visiting scholar in the University of Massachusetts Boston since 2014. Her research interests includes International

Relationship in South Asia, particularly China-India relations, India-U.S. relations and non- traditional security in South Asia. She has published over 20 research papers in Chinese.

Workshop Presentation Slides

Post 2015 Political Economy

Global Political Economy Post-2015: The Role of Global Political Actors 

Stephan Manning, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Post 2015 Climate Change

Sustainability Goals and Climate Change Policy for Energy Production

Merritt Hughes, Public Policy Department University of Massachusetts, Boston

Post 2015 Global Citizens

Globetrotting or Global Citizens? Understanding Trends and Motivations for Participation in Learning/Volunteer Abroad Programs

Rebecca Tiessen, University of Ottawa

Post 2015 AIIB

Interpret the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) from the perspective of global financial governance

Bo Peng, PhD candidate affiliated with the Research Center on Development and International Relations (DIR), the Department of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University, Denmark