Present at GLD's 6th Annual Conference?

Be a part of our Annual Conference! GLD invites proposals for papers to be presented at the 6th Annual Conference: “Contested Authority at the Local Level: Implications for Governance, Policy Outcomes, and Service Provision.” The conference aims to bring together an international group of scholars and practitioners studying issues and questions about ‘contested authority’ at the sub-national level. We invite proposals from people with a background in a range of disciplines, working in a range of geographic settings, and using a diversity of research methods. Welcome to submit! 

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When? May 22-25, 2023.

Where? Nääs Fabriker, Tollered, Sweden. 


Proposals are due by October 10, 2022, 11:59 pm CEST. Invitations to participate will be sent by December 1, 2022. Apply now!

If you are invited to present at GLD’s 6th Annual Conference, GLD will cover your economy class travel (within University of Gothenburg guidelines), accommodation, and conference costs. Please note - the Annual Conference is a closed conference (invited participants only). If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at



Paper proposals may address a range of questions, including but not limited to:

How do we understand, measure, and evaluate changes in the reach and influence of various authorities, including the state, religious leaders, traditional authorities, rebel groups, economic elites and/or other authorities?  

How do we explain competition amongst authorities for control over different sectors, such as land, resources, social service provision, fertility or other family practices, etc.?

What explains the individuals' strength of allegiance to and/or compliance with different authorities? Papers may consider the role of formal and informal institutions, access to resources (local, national, international), technologies, ideas and ideologies, etc.

Under what conditions do various authorities (both state and non-state) gain and/or maintain authority, and when is the power and authority of different types of authorities complementary or substitutive? We invite papers that consider, for instance, the changing nature of social contexts (e.g., urbanization, migration) and group strategies (e.g., armed power/coercion) that may shape how authorities gain and/or maintain authority. 

What are the implications of competition across authorities, and changes in their strength and alliances, for development and social welfare at the local level?