2016 September 14
2016 September 15


Vienna International Centre


UNIDO and Kiel Institute for the World Economy

Vienna Investment Conference. Quality FDI, Growth and Development.

Foreign direct investment (FDI), driven by activities of multinational enterprises, have been increasingly regarded as one of the defining characteristics of the world economy and an engine of economic growth. FDI related externalities have been attracting increased interest from emerging and developing countries because of perceived benefits in terms of the injection of capital, technology and knowledge as well as the potential generation of economic growth. Most recently, the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have further highlighted the importance of such investments as crucial welfare-improving mechanisms, for instance in infrastructure development, industrialization and innovation.

The aim of this conference is to contribute to a better understanding of these topics by reviewing and shedding new light on the contribution of FDI to economic growth and development in emerging and developing countries.

The conference will bring together academics, researchers and policy experts and provide a forum to discuss innovative research and policy tools.


Interested applicants wishing to present original research should send their application to: fdi-conference@unido.org by 30 June 2016!

  Any queries on the call for papers should be sent to Adnan Seric at: a.seric@unido.org

The application will require an up-to-date CV; an abstract not exceeding 300 words, which should summarize the research question, the main methods and data, and key findings of the paper; a full-length paper (6,000-10,000 words long), including all author names, affiliations and contact details, in PDF format written in English.

Submissions from mid-career, female and developing country researchers are particularly encouraged.

For more information, please view the conference leaflet.