Call for abstracts for panel Critically Examining Frugal Innovation

EADI ISS General Conference 2020: Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice

Critically Examining Frugal Innovation


CFIA researchers Peter Knorringa and Elsie Onsongo will be the convenors of the Seed Panel Partnering and Frugal Innovation during the EADI ISS General Conference 2020 from the 29th of June until the 2nd of July. 2020  

The central theme of the conference is “Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice”. Together, these three concepts represent the organizers aspirations for approaches to global development that address inequality, poverty and political marginalisation, also in connection with climate change and other environmental threats. Solidarity is essential for any process of social change. Based on mutually shared interests and human values, solidarity can be extremely powerful yet can also be easily undermined in an era of fake news and (electronically) manipulated elections. Peace and social justice are similarly important values in (as well as aspired outcomes of) struggles or transformation processes in which solidarity is key.

Critically Examining Frugal Innovation 

Building upon the special issue in EJDR in 2018 on Frugal Innovation and Development Research (, this seed panel seeks to take a next step and provide a platform to present new (ideas for) research to critically examine when and how frugal innovations are more likely to address inequality and poverty, also in connection with climate change and other environmental threats. Solidarity is essential for any process of social change, and this panel will prioritise cases that show how solidarity among various stakeholders may enhance the developmental outcomes of frugal innovations.

We invite scholars and practitioners to submit for example work in progress on assessing the quantity and quality of employment generated through frugal innovations, on the environmental impacts, on the role of trust and solidarity in grass-root innovations and on the legitimacy of frugal innovations developed by local and international companies.

Moreover, we also invite meso- and macro-level conceptual and empirical contributions that critically reflect upon accumulation trajectories, economic transformation, and the governance and political economy of frugal innovations.

Submission details

Submit your abstractThe deadline for abstracts is the 15th of December (600 words).
You may now submit an abstract for our panel (track), 
Please register with Conftool and read the instructions provided carefully. Once you have registered, you may select our track and submit your abstract.
As final submissions we expect first full draft papers in advance, so that convenors and discussants can prepare more in-depth comments.





More information
EADI Working Group “Frugal Innovation and Development”
EADI ISS Conference Website
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