About EUDN

By-laws and Membership Guidelines


c/o Center of Research in Development Economics (CRED)
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The purpose of this association is to make European development expertise available to researchers in other regions and to strengthen cooperation among researchers within Europe. It is part of the Global Development Network (GDN), and specifically fosters cooperation among the individual and regional network partners of GDN with development researchers in Europe.

Article 1:
Name and legal status

The name of this association shall be the European Development Research Network, hereafter abbreviated EUDN. EUDN will only become a separate legal entity if necessary.

Article 2: Objectives

The objectives of the EUDN are

  1. to generate knowledge related to development, development research and development policy with special focus on strengthening the research capacity and training in developing countries;
  2. to establish a 'centre of information' which attracts new ideas related to development research and delivers high-quality and up-to-date information to researchers and policy-makers;
  3. to promote the cooperation among development researchers and institutions within Europe and with developing countries;
  4. to promote the exchange of staff between development think tanks;
  5. to improve the use of European development research in Europe and at the international level;
  6. to increase transparency by promoting/supporting networking between think tanks in cooperation with development organizations and networks in Europe and all over the world; and
  7. to participate in GDN-activities like review of papers and participation in the global research projects.

Article 3: Member(ship)

Membership refers to individuals and not institutes. New members are nominated by current EUDN members. In addition, a public call for nominations may help to identify members for nominations. Decisions on membership are taken by confidential election of the current EUDN members by voting for nominated candidates. For ten candidates elected, three additional candidates can be determined by the Executive Committee to allow for a balancing of the association in terms of academic discipline, gender and country. A further enlargement of the network is possible, provided that the absolute majority of the members agree.

Article 4: Organization of the association

The Executive Committee of the EUDN consists of a Chair, 1-3 Vice-Chair(s), and a Secretary Treasurer. This group is elected in a confidential election process for a two year term by the members of EUDN. EUDN shall try to meet at least once a year, preferably piggy-backed to international conferences.

The Chair shall preside over all meetings of the Executive Committee, act as official spokesperson for EUDN, and perform duties like scheduling of annual meetings, appointing working committees, holding elections, etc. The Vice-Chairs shall support and/or represent the Chair in case of absence of the chair. The Secretary Treasurer shall be the financial representative of EUDN being responsible for the overall allocation of funds subject to the annual review and approval of the Executive Committee, and the monitoring of funds, etc. The Treasurer shall prepare an annual budget, and present it to the Executive Committee.

The EUDN Secretariat shall be responsible for the day-to-day management like sending communications and announcements to the EUDN members, administering the paper review process and other EUDN activities, fundraising in support of its members, and developing and updating the EUDN webpage. The current Secretariat is established at CRED, Namur, Belgium.

Membership Guidelines

Full Members

Members should fulfill the following requirements. They should be

  1. well-known in development research;
  2. active at a high level with at least three publications in the last 5 years in high-quality specialized or general journals or in books with reputable publishers;
  3. committed to capacity-building: willingness to review proposals, participate in summer schools, PhD workshops etc.;
  4. based in Europe (or, in exceptional cases, based elsewhere but of European nationality).


Anyone can suggest names to the Executive Committee, but a nomination should be explicitly supported by 3 members. If someone wants to nominate X as a candidate for full EUDN membership then he or she must pass X's CV around. At the time of the vote, the CV of X and the identity of people who support X will matter. The Executive Committee submits the names of all candidates to the membership, indicating whether they satisfy the criteria and in what way a proposed candidate would strengthen EUDN, given the expertise represented in the EUDN. If one of the above criteria is not satisfied, and the Executive Committee thinks there is case for making an exception then they should argue the case clearly why they think an exception should be made.


Current EUDN members vote (yes/no) based on this restricted list. Candidates are ranked in the order of the number of yes-votes received. To be elected, a candidate must obtain at least 25% of the expressed votes. To be valid, at least 50% of the members must participates in the voting. When a person has obtained more votes as affiliate than as full member, that person is considered eligible for the affiliate status, yet the votes in both categories are aggregated to reach a decision.

The newly elected members are appointed for five years. Afterwards, membership will be renewed if the criteria (except the one on expertise) are still satisfied. This will be judged by the Executive Committee.

Associate Members

Associate members are young researchers who

  1. do not yet satisfy the first two criteria of full members but are expected to do so;
  2. satisfy the other criteria;
  3. have completed a PhD;
  4. have at least one good journal article published or accepted.

Associate members are appointed for four years. If the first two criteria become satisfied by then, they automatically become full members. This will be judged by the Executive Committee, and voting will not be needed.

Unlike full members, associate members do not have the right to vote in the EUDN assembly