The annual Human Welfare Conference at Green Templeton College brings together leading student-scholars from Britain and Europe to debate important welfare issues that have real-world ramifications. The Conference seeks to encourage and recognise original work in human welfare, foster dialogue on current research and develop scholarly networks both within and outside the University of Oxford.
Its unique formula also offers participants a wide range of opportunities for personal and professional development. Prior to the conference, students are invited to develop their presentation skills with one of the UK's leading communications experts. In addition, all conference panels are chaired by distinguished academics, an esteemed group of judges award prizes to the best presentations and, following the conference, the best papers are published in an online collection.
Launched in 2009,the Conference has so far considered the following subjects: Innovations in development: Challenging convention to advance human welfare in low and middle-income countries (2014); Well defined? Interdisciplinary understandings of human welfare (2013); Crisis? What Crisis? Human Welfare in the Balance (2012); Arrested Development? Youth Welfare in a Time of Scarcity (2011); Paved with Good Intentions? The Road Ahead for Humanitarianism (2010); Globalisation and Human Welfare: Innovations in Sustainable Solutions (2009) and Human Welfare in Conflict (2015).
Conflict in human society is vastly detrimental to human welfare, both to individuals and on an international scale.
Taking a multifaceted and multidisciplinary approach, the Conference aims to develop novel ways to alleviate the burden that conflict places on human welfare, through the protection of communities during periods of conflict, coping with the aftermath, conflict resolution and the prevention of avoidable conflicts. This extends beyond conflict of a military nature, and the Conference will also focus on religious, ethnic and social conflict between and within communities.
The Conference takes place in the historic Radcliffe Observatory at Green Templeton College, one of Oxford's newest and most dynamic colleges, and includes a conference dinner on the Friday night in the Observatory's dining room, where presenters, panel chairs and attendees can meet and mingle in a relaxed environment.
At the 2012 Conference, Green Templeton College launched Human Welfare: An International Journal of Graduate Research, an annual, online journal dedicated to original graduate student research investigating issues that impact human welfare around the globe. The Journal seeks to encourage and recognise pressing debates on important welfare issues that have current real-world ramifications. The Journal is complemented by a Blog which also provides a forum for continuous debate about human welfare amongst graduate students. The Blog, in dialogue with the Journal, provides up-to-date commentaries on current events and ongoing student research.
The Ngo Human Welfare Prize is awarded annually to a contributor to the Journal whose article makes a significant contribution to Human Welfare's aims; is thought provoking, and demonstrates freedom of expression. Green Templeton is grateful to GTC alumnus and Common Room Member Professor Steve Ngo for sponsoring the Prize.
Derek Soled and Isabel Woodford, Conference Chairs