Welcome to Development Studies Association
The Development Studies Association is the UK's learned society and professional body for academic teaching and research, policy and practice in the field of international development.
While the annual conference is a principal focus for the association, the DSA is active throughout the year through its many Study Groups. All those involved in development whether as teachers, researchers, consultants or practitioners, are welcome to join both the Study Groups and the DSA itself.
DSA2019: 'Opening Up Development'
Open University, Milton Keynes
19-21 June 2019
Call for Papers has now closed.
We will be contacting panel convenors on how to manage their panels. Paper proposers will be notified of decisions over the next 3 weeks. The 2019 conference will take place at The Open University in Milton Keynes on the theme of 'Opening up Development'. Keep an eye on the conference website for all further announcements.
DSA2019: PhD student Masterclass - Applications now OPEN
There will be a Masterclass for current PhD Students on the morning of 19th June before the main conference begins at the Open University. Spaces are limited, and so, if interested in taking part please see the webpage on how to apply and what is expected from you. Deadline: 31st January 2019
DSA2019: Call for Early Career Researcher Plenary Panel - now CLOSED
The call for applications for the Early Career Researcher Plenary Panel is now CLOSED and the participants have been selected. You can see who comprises the panel on the webpage.
Climate change – interdisciplinary workshop
Final call for participants for the DSA/ ESRC ‘Responding to Environmental Change’ workshop at the University of East Anglia! If you are a researcher from any relevant discipline with expertise in this field and would like to join our one-day workshop on 22 January 2019, please contact devco.train(at)uea.ac.uk. The workshop is one of the DSA’s Meeting the Challenges series exploring how best to respond to the global challenges. Forthcoming workshops will be at Bristol University on Educational Inequality, Poverty and Development; at Bradford University on Water and Sustainable Development; and at the School of Oriental and Asian Studies on Collaborations in International Research.
DSA seeks new series editor for DSA-OUP book series
The DSA is seeking to recruit a new series editor for its book series in collaboration with OUP. Please read the full advertisement here where you will also find out how to apply. The application form can be downloaded here. You can find out more about the book series here. Deadline for applications: 18 January 2019
DSA Conference 2020 & 2022 - call for proposals
Applications are invited to host the annual DSA conference in June 2020 or June 2022. The DSA conference is the key annual event for international development in the UK. Our practice is to hold a 2-3 day conference each June, attracting c. 300-500 delegates. Recognising the conference's value in signalling an area of scholarship, applications are invited both from established centres and from universities which have more recently entered the international development field. For all the details on how to apply visit here.
DSA Dissertation Prize call - now CLOSED
The Dissertation Prize call is now closed, the judging panel are working through the submissions and we will notify the applicants before the end of February. Please find all the details here.
DSA Student membership deal!
Students - join the DSA for £10 by 31 January 2019 and your membership will be valid until 31 January 2020. So sign up now to make the most of a potential 14-15 month subscription for the price of 12 months. Join here!
REF2021 panel membership appointments announced
Sub-panel 22: Anthropology & Development Studies
Professor Deborah James - London School of Economics and Political Science
Professor Jo Beall - British Council
Professor Barry Bogin - Loughborough University
Dr Peter Evans - Department for International Development
Professor Ravi Kanbur - Cornell Dyson School
Professor Uma Kothari - University of Manchester
Professor Tobias Kelly* - University of Edinburgh
Professor Susanne Kuechler - University College London
Professor David Wield - The Open University
Dr Andrew Taylor - University of Hull
See the full announcement at the REF website
Joe Devine has been invited on to the assessment panel for the REF subpanel Social Work and Social Policy
DSA-OUP book series second & third titles are now available
Playing with Fire: Deepened Financial Integration and Changing Vulnerabilities of the Global South by Yilmaz Akyüz ISBN 9780198797173 2017
Taken for a Ride: Grounding Neoliberalism, Precarious Labour, and Public Transport in an African Metropolis by Matteo Rizzo ISBN 9780198794240 2017
IN: Critical Frontiers of Theory, Research, and Policy in
International Development Studies
Links to future SG events can be seen in the side bar on the right (or beneath on narrower screens). Other news follows.
DSA Scotland Study Group
Update on the availability of materials from the June 2018 Mini-Conference held in the University of Glasgow
It has taken a long time to get the materials from the mini-conference together and on to the University of Glasgow website. Not least of the problems was to obtain signed consent forms from all of those contributors who had presentations (due to the new EU legislation relating to the General Data Protection Regulation).
These materials are now complete, and include – in particular – audio recordings and slide presentations from the Panel on The Future of Aid. The weblink is here.
DSA Information, Technology And Development Study Group
Panel on 'Digital Development' at DSA2019
The Information, Technology and Development study group will be holding a panel on “Digital Development” at the 2019 DSA conference. The panel welcomes papers that help us to conceptualise, to analyse, to evidence, to critique and, overall, to build a picture of what the emerging "digital development" paradigm looks like; mapping emergent patterns – ways in which new digital technologies are changing the processes and structures of development; developing new theoretical perspectives; and linking to local and global trends.
Prospective presenters should submit a “paper proposal” (title, author names & emails, short abstract of <300 characters; long abstract of <250 words) via the conference online form with a deadline of 16 Jan 2019. More details online here.
DSA Urbanisation and Development Study Group
On October 1st, the UCL Development Planning Unit and the project Knowledge in Action for Urban Equality (KNOW) hosted a workshop about “Translocal Pedagogies in Planning Education for Urban Equality” in collaboration with the DSA Urbanisation and Development Group. The event brought together 25 participants from academia and practice in the fields of urban planning and higher education in the UK and overseas. It facilitated discussions about the potential and current shortfalls of urban planning education to stimulate learning across localities. You can find more information about the workshop here.
DSA Africa Study Group - mailing list now active
The DSA has a brand new study group – DSA Africa – which aims to connect researchers from and within Africa working in various fields of development. You can view the new DSA Africa SG webpage and join the study group mailing list from that page.
An article co-authored by Professor Xiaolan Fu exploring the contribution of Chinese returnees to the development and global expansion of Chinese MNEs into international markets has won the 2018 International Business Review Best Journal Paper of the Year Award. Read more.
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow Robtel Neajai Pailey has won an International Anti-Corruption Excellence Award for her anti-corruption children’s books, Gbagba and Jaadeh!. Dr Pailey was joint winner in one of four categories, the Anti-Corruption Academic Research and Education category. The awards are sponsored by the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Centre in Doha, Qatar.
The Changing Structures of Islamic Authority project hosted a three-day conference on the Future of Salafism. The conference explored how Salafi thought, and the diverse set of groups inspired by it, are evolving in different contexts in light of post-Arab Spring developments and the changes unfolding within Saudi Arabia. Find out more.
Building on our expertise on Zimbabwe, ODID recently invited three experts from UK universities to discuss this year’s historic elections in Zimbabwe. These scholars shared what their research had shown about ZANU(PF) election strategies, the role of social movements, and manipulation of the voters’ roll. Read a write-up.
GDI’s research on Bangladesh was picked up by the Diplomat and the Independent around the country’s election on 30 December. Savoia’s latest work on how Bangladesh has fulfilled the criteria to graduate from a ‘least developed country’ to a ‘developing country’ can be found from page 19 of this #OpenAccess special edition of South Asia Journal.
Researchers respond in Science magazine to claims around whether working lands and less-strict forms of protection afford comparable conservation outcomes to state-controlled protected areas.
PhD researcher Heiner Janus writes on the next steps for China’s development agency.
The FutureDAMS project at The University of Manchester has published commentary on:
Call for papers
GDI researchers are leading panels on the following themes at the DSA conference. Respond before 16 January.
Mark Mcquinn gave a presentation on the 23rd November at the University of Bologna on 'Humanitarian Aid and Migration: Key Issues' . The presentation was part of a series run by the University of Bologna on 'Migration to and from Europe'. The project is headed by Dr Francesca Fauri, from the Economics Department at the University of Bologna. The project will culminate in a major conference at the University of Bologna on 'Migration to, from and within Europe: Economic and Social Opportunities and Costs' to be held at the University of Bologna on July 19, 20 and 21, 2019.
Christopher Cramer and Carlos Oya took part in and presented at two workshops in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in late November/early December: one on industrialization in Africa, organized by the IFC and World Bank in association with Peking University; the other an inception workshop for contributors to the OUP Handbook on Industrial Hubs. Former SOAS Development Studies PhD student, a Special Adviser to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Arkebe Oqubay, was a key figure making both workshops possible.
Professor Tim Forsyth appointed Specialist Adviser to the Houses of Parliament
Professor of Environment and Development, Tim Forsyth, has been appointed as Specialist Adviser to the Houses of Parliament International Development Committee (IDC), with special reference to climate change and aid. His work will involve advising on how UKAid can assist with climate change in the future.
The IDC monitors the policy, administration and spending of the Department for International Development (DFID) and its associated public bodies and takes an interest in the policies and procedures of the multilateral agencies and non-government organisations to which DFID contributes.
Roundtable on contracting of basic public services to NGOs in China
Professor Jude Howell hosted a roundtable on the Contracting of Basic Public Services to NGOs in China in October 2018 on behalf of a joint National Development Reform Commission (China) and UNICEF programme on the Innovative Delivery of Public Services. Key speakers included Dr Regina Enjuto-Martinez (LSE) on experiences from the disability sector in the UK and its relevance to China, Dr Andy West on experiences from children’s services in the UK and their relevance to China, and Michael Birtwistle (National Council of Voluntary Organisations, UK) on the lessons from contracting government services to NGOs in the UK. Both Dr Enjuto-Martinez and Dr West were contributors to an edited volume by Wang Puqu and Jude Howell on the UK and China experiences of government procurement of public services from NGOs.
Professor Naila Kabeer on overcoming inequalities
Professor in Gender Studies, Naila Kabeer spoke at the Opening Event for the UNRISD Conference Overcoming Inequalities in a Fractured World: Between Elite Power and Social Mobilisation on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 November. Speakers also included Saskia Sassen from Columbia University and Jomo Kwame Sundaram from the Council of Eminent Persons, Malaysia.
Professor Kabeer will also be speaking at the Fletcher School's Conference on Gender and International Affairs: Gender, justice and politics: movement from the margins on Friday 16 to Saturday 17 November at Tufts University.
Professor Jean-Paul Faguet on better spending for better lives
Professor of the Political Economy of Development, Jean-Paul Faguet spoke at a recent panel discussion hosted by the LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre (LACC) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The panel discussed the IDB’s flagship Development in the Americas report, Better Spending for Better Lives.
Professor Kathy Hochstetler on Bolsonaro and the Amazon
Professor of International Development, Kathy Hochstetler, wrote an article for the Foreign Policy blog in which she states that Bolsonaro could get the support he needs to pass his environmental proposals through the legislature.
DPU's Étienne von Bertrab, alongside a number of DPU alumni, has founded 'Albora: Mexico’s Geography of Hope', a project that aims bring to visibility to transformative initiatives and efforts throughout the country
The initiative, Curing the Limbo, is coordinated by BUDD alumna Stefania Gyftopoulou with a Cases Review on Social Innovation in housing for refugees for the project currently being prepared by DPU's Camillo Boano and Giovanna Astolfo
The MSc in Health in Urban Development (HUD) comes at a critical moment. The world’s population is now more than 50% urban, and by 2050, two-thirds will be urban dwellers. Most of this growth is set to occur in the global South, where Asia and Africa are the least urbanised and most rapidly urbanising continents. This shift is unprecedented, with serious consequences for urban health.
At his recent successful oral defence of his PhD thesis, Donald Brown argued that a focus on urban health risks in secondary African towns provides insights into the urbanisation of risk at the bottom of the urban hierarchy.
In partnership with Citizens UK and under the supervision of Dr Andrea Rigon, MSc Social Development Practice students, Mahdi Alraie and Hannah Collins have analysed the new model of community sponsorship for the resettlement of refugees.
and the learning agenda for health systems research
and democratic change – reflections from Myanmar
CRISPER the next big thing in international development
exciting progress on Governance Diaries
OU predicts increase in lifelong learning in Middle East and North Africa
An OU report has identified a significant increase in online learning in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) over the next 10 years. Agnes Kukulska-Hulme, Professor of Learning Technology and Communication, and Giles Mohan, Professor of International Development, directed a research project to better understand the potential of and hindrances to, online learning in the MENA region. Read more...
Workshop launches new GCRF-funded research project 'Innovation for Cancer Care in Africa'
The first workshop of the OU's new GCRF Inclusive Societies project 'Innovation for Cancer Care in Africa' (ICCA) took place in October. Project team members from Kenya, Tanzania, India and the UK spent a week on the Milton Keynes campus planning this international research collaboration. The research aims to generate scenarios that link industrial development to improved access to cancer care within East Africa. This blog post contains highlights from the workshop and next steps. Read more...
The OU's commitment to public engagement exemplified by International Development research
The OU's international development research and Giles Mohan, Professor of International Development, have been highlighted to exemplify the University's commitment to public engagement in the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) Manifesto for Public Engagement. Read more…
OU researchers land European Space Agency grant
Dr Manish Patel, Senior Lecturer in Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and Dr Leslie Budd, Reader in Social Enterprise in the Faculty of Business and Law, have been awarded €350,000 by the European Space Agency (ESA) for their cross-faculty collaborative study titled the ‘Benefits of the European Space Agency Exploration Roadmap in Socioeconomics’ (BEERS). The project investigates and evaluates the socioeconomic benefits of ESA exploration space missions. Read more...
Professor Maureen Mackintosh speaks at UNIDO event for Africa Industrialisation Day 2018
Maureen Mackintosh, Professor of Economics, took to the stage in Vienna on 20 November to speak at the UNIDO event for Africa Industrialisation Day. The day focused on the development of the African pharmaceutical industry, looking at exploring innovative, solution-driven actions and policies to advance pharmaceutical production on the African continent, in the context of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) and the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa (IDDA III).
OU research informs British Council study 'Culture in an Age of Uncertainty
A new British Council study, informed by OU research led by Professor Marie Gillespie, Professor of Sociology, reveals the different types of value generated by international cultural engagement and the benefits that it can bring to societies under pressure. This feature is part of the OU's Year of Mygraton. Read more…
Changing the migration narrative
Dr Fidèle Mutwarasibo, Visiting Research Fellow in the OU's Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership, explores how the migration narrative influences the reception and integration of foreigners. He poses some pertinent questions, including why migrants from the West are called expatriates when they move to the South while those from developing countries are, at times, given disparaging labels. Part of the OU's Year of Mygration. Read more...
NRI is very pleased to welcome Professor Vegard Iversen as the new Head of its Livelihoods and Institutions Department. An applied micro development economist with a PhD from the University of Cambridge, Vegard’s research includes ongoing collaborations focusing on: the colonial origins of agricultural development in India, women’s political representation and its impact on governance, the impacts of large dams on agricultural productivity, vulnerability and poverty, and social mobility in the Global South. Vegard returns to UK academia after twelve years in India, where he has worked both at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, and the Jindal School of Government and Public Policy. Vegard succeeds John Morton as Head of the Department – John remains at NRI focussing on research. For more details see here.
NRI is also pleased to announce the following professorial appointments: Adrienne Martin as Professor of Development Studies, Valerie Nelson as Professor of Sustainable Development, Julian Quan as Professor of Land and Development Practice, and Ravinder Kumar as Associate Professor of Monitoring and Impact. For more details see here.
Valerie Nelson is working with the Topic Group on Value Chains and Trade of the International Sustainable Development Research Society. As a result of this work she has authored or co-authored three of the five policy briefs prepared for the ISDRS’s side-event on “Biodiversity Science Policy Challenges: Multifaceted Stakeholder Approaches” at the 14th Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. See here.
Lora Forsythe is leading a major work package on “Understanding the drivers of trait preferences and the development of multi-user product profiles”, which includes a substantial component of research on gender and food preferences, for a project entitled “Breeding Root, Tuber and Banana Products for End User Preferences2, led by CIRAD and funded by a consortium led by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. See here for more about the project and here for NRI’s involvement.
Apurba Shee participated in two major agricultural economics conferences last summer: the International Conference of Agricultural Economists in Vancouver where he presented “Design and Rating of Risk-Contingent Credit for Balancing Business and Financial Risks for Kenyan Farmers”; and the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association annual meeting in Washington, where he presented on “Heterogeneous Impacts of Credit Rationing on Agricultural Productivity: Evidence from Kenya”.
SIID's Rose Pritchard featured in Kenyan national news discussing recent AfriCultuRes workshop.
EADI student membership is now free to all students
See here for all the details and how to become an EADI member.
University of Cambridge
Politics of Social Protection, with a focus on migration, 18 January, 2019
Against the backdrop of rising tensions between the proponents of increased migration and the proponents of stronger welfare states, the conference explores the politics of social protection, both in the global North and South. Please see all the details here and the full programme here. Tickets are heavily subsidised, with some available for only £7 (lunch and refreshments included). Since space is limited, we strongly encourage early registration.
RGS-IBG Annual International Conference
Royal Geographical Society, London, 28–30 August 2018
Call for papers: Session Title: Young Peoples’ Social Navigation: the Intersection of Aspirations and Socio-Spatial (Im)mobility
Convenors: Sonja Marzi (LSE) – s.marzi(at)lse.ac.uk & Ruth Cheung Judge, (UCL / Rutgers Camden) - r.judge(at)ucl.ac.uk
If you are interested, please send a title, 250-word abstract and author details to Sonja Marzi (s.marzi(at)lse.ac.uk) and Ruth Cheung Judge (r.judge(at)ucl.ac.uk) by 8th of February 2019.
Bond Annual Conference, 18-19 March, London
The Bond Annual Conference attracts over 1,000 diverse people from across the international development and humanitarian sectors. NGOs, civil society leaders, researchers, funders, government and private sector come together to debate crucial current issues, share ideas and interrogate emerging trends. Our conference comes at a crucial time as civil society faces an increasingly complicated political environment and growing funding pressures. DSA members receive a 15% discount. Use code: Marnp15
IGHD, Queen Margaret University
Online course - Psychosocial Interventions for Displaced Populations
25 Feb – 05 Apr 2019
Applications now open
Join the Institute for Global Health and Development at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh in their popular online course ‘Psychosocial Interventions for Displaced Populations’. This course reviews recent developments in the field of psychosocial programming in humanitarian contexts and examines the evidence-base for effective, quality programming. It is suitable for professional development both for those wishing to explore this rapidly developing area of humanitarian response and for those with significant experience in the field who wish to consolidate their understanding of effective practice. For more information, email ighd(at)qmu.ac.uk and view the details here.
University of Derby
Joint Honours Degree in Global Development
The Joint Honours Degree in Global Development at the University of Derby adopts a multi-disciplinary approach to understand the contemporary challenges associated with development studies. It emphasizes a critical understanding of development issues from a local to global scale. The degree equips you with an appropriate set of specialist, intellectual and personal transferable skills of lifelong value that are required by graduate employers. Fieldtrips are key to the course. The focus placed on practical experience and vocational placements provides you with opportunities to gain valuable real world experience. For more information about our course, please visit here.
Indian Social Policy Network
Venue: Jindal Global Educational and Professional
Academy, NTH Complex, A2 Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg,
Qutub Institutional Area, New Delhi , India
Dates: To be confirmed.
School of International Development, University of East Anglia
Impact Evaluation for Evidence - Based Policy in Development
13-24 May 2019
Climate Change and International Development
3-7 June 2019
Water Security for Policy Makers and Practitioners
24-28 June 2019
A full list of these and other short courses can be found here.
ESRC STEPS Centre 2019 Summer School
13-24 May 2019
IDS, University of Sussex, UK
Deadline to apply: 27 January 2019
ESRC STEPS Centre invites applications for its 2019 Summer School. Application is by a selective process, via an online form. ESRC STEPS hope to let applicants know whether or not their application has been successful by the end of February 2019.
See the website for further details and testimonials from previous students.
DPP, The Open University
New free course: Understanding Antibiotic Resistance
This is a new course coming soon from The Open University’s OpenLearn team and will introduce participants to the science behind the problem of antibiotic resistance. Read more…
University of Bradford
with Us: Postgraduate and Doctoral Programmes
Peace Studies and International Development at the University of Bradford is for people who want to change the world. Our students are surprisingly diverse but what unites them is their vision of a fairer, kinder society and a commitment to learning both intellectual and practical skills to take into their future professional lives. The Peace Studies values are simple: intellectual curiosity, dialogue, and a belief that violent conflict, hatred and destructive inequalities are not inevitable. We need the dreamers, the questioners, and the community builders more than ever. Come and join us!
If you are interesting in pursuing doctoral research in the area of peace studies and international development, please get in contact with us directly.
Evidence and Policy for Social Change
15 to 17 January 2019
Gain the concepts, skills and competencies required to operate effectively at the interface between policy and evidence.
Participatory Action Research to Improve Development Practice
21 to 25 January 2019
Develop your knowledge and skills in a range of participatory action research (PAR) methods for social change.
More information on the IDS website.
Brighton & Sussex Medical School
Global Health Msc/PGDip/PGCert
Our Global Health will help you understand the complex determinants of health and ill-health in a globalised world and their potential solutions in order to help you contribute to the improvement of health and the achievement of health equity and social justice worldwide. Graduates from this course will have the skills to work as global health practitioners, policy makers, consultants or researchers within NGOs, governments and international health and development agencies.
For more information visit the website.
DPP, The Open University
Celebrating Sixteen Years of Innogen Research in Innovation and Development: Looking Backward and Looking Forward
28 February, 14:00-17:00, Berrill Lecture Theatre, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA
The event will bring together colleagues from academia, policy, politics and practice to celebrate Innogen’s achievements but also to discuss the implementation challenges of the UK’s new industrial strategy in the post-Brexit era. To register, email FASS-PPEDG-Support(at)open.ac.uk, FAO Sheila Hobbs.
DSA 2019: Opening Up Development
19-21 June, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA
The DSA's annual conference in 2019 will take place at The Open University's Milton Keynes Campus. Early bird registration will open 28 February. Read more…
Global Development Institute (GDI)
The GDI lecture series schedule for next term has been confirmed. All are welcome to attend these open lectures. Speakers this term include Moira Faul & Jordan Soukias Tchilingirian; Stephan Haggard; Katherine Brickell; Franklin Obeng-Odoom; Bina Agarwal; Genevieve Le Baron and Edgar Pieterse.
GDI are running a short course on African irrigation development in March 2019 and funding is available for African participants. Respond by 1 February.
Sheffield Institute for International Development (SIID)
"What is the role of Engineers in International Development?"
1st February 2019
Event for students, researchers and academics to explore key issues around engineering and international development.
View details here.
SIID 10th Annual Postgraduate Conference 2019: "Decolonising Development? Challenges, Innovations and Practices".
15th-16th May 2019.
View details here.
CGD, University of Leeds
One day workshop
Date: Tuesday 22 January 2019
Location: Woodhouse Suites, University House, University of Leeds
This one-day workshop around International development research, in collaboration with the Centre for Global Development and the Economic and Social Research Council, aims to showcase research conducted at Leeds around International Development and collaborating with NGOs. The workshop will offer an opportunity to discuss issues around ethics, data and partnerships in international development. It will also include networking and the chance to view and discuss materials from projects within the international development space.
Ticketed event? Yes, please find further details and registration information here.
School of Oriental and African Studies, SOAS
SPECIAL PANEL EVENT
Professor Andrea Cornwall (SOAS University of London) and Dr Tania Kaiser (SOAS University of London)
Deconstructing Development Discourse: Buzzwords and Fuzzwords Revisited
Tuesday, 15 January, 5-7PM
Room: Djam Lecture Theatre (DLT), SOAS Main Building
Seminar Series, Term 2, 2018-19
Room: Djam Lecture Theatre (DLT), SOAS Main Building
All welcome, no need to book
* 22 January *
Dr Tariq Jazeel (University College London)
Singularity: A Manifesto for Incomparable Geographies
* 29 January *
Dr Emma Mawdsley (University of Cambridge)
South-South Development Cooperation 3.0? Changes in the Decade Ahead
* 5 February *
Dr Cédric Durand (University of Paris 13 and EHESS, France)
Fictitious Capital in the 21st Century
Development Planning Unit, UCL
Lecturer in Economics and Public Policy
If you wish to discuss the post informally, please contact Prof. Le-Yin Zhang, Programme Leader, MSc Urban Economic Development, DPU, le-yin.zhang(at)ucl.ac.uk, Tel. +44 (0)20 76791111.
Queries about the application process, contact Nkenji Okpara, Departmental Manager on +44 (0)20 7679 1117 (n.okpara(at)ucl.ac.uk). Applicants may also wish to look at the DPU web site.
IGHD, Queen Margaret University
The NIHR Research Unit on Health in Fragility (RUHF), which is based within the Institute for Global Health and Development (IGHD), Queen Margaret University, is looking for 3 new members of staff to join the team on this exciting project.
Research Fellow - 25th Jan closing date
Research Assistant - 25th Jan closing date
Research Unit Officer - 18th Jan closing date
Part-time Research Fellow - 30th Jan closing date - see all the details here.
You can find the full details for each post and apply through the QMU vacancies page.
Sheffield Institute for International Development (SIID)
We are seeking to appoint up to ten 12 month and up to ten 24 month post-doctoral Global Challenge Fellowships (GCF's) across the University to address global development challenges . Deadline for applications is 14th January 2019.
View the full details here.
Global Development Institute (GDI)
Applications are also open for a 1+3 scholarship to cover Masters and PhD study for UK or EU citizens, interested in postgraduate research training through the North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership.
There is also funding for seven postdoc fellowships also through the North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership. These are open to those who are within 12 months of completing their PhD.
Margaret Anstee Research Fellowship 2019-23
Applications are invited from outstanding women graduates whose doctoral degrees are complete or very near completion, for a Stipendiary Research Fellowship (“Margaret Anstee Fellowship”) in subjects related to economic and social development and/or international relations.
Independent Social Research Foundation
ISRF Early Career Fellowship Competition (ECF5)
Launch: 7th January 2019
Deadline: 15th February 2019
The Independent Social Research Foundation wishes to support independent-minded researchers to explore and present original research ideas which take new approaches, and suggest new solutions, to real world social problems.
The Foundation intends to make a small number of awards to support original interdisciplinary research, across the range of the social sciences, to be held from a start date no later than the end of December 2020. Scholars from within Europe are eligible to apply.
See here for all the details.
ISRF Political Economy Fellowship Competition (PERF3)
Launch: 7th January 2019
Deadline: 15th February 2019
The Independent Social Research Foundation wishes to support independent-minded researchers working in Political Economy, which the ISRF here extends to include the social scientific study of economies across the whole range of the social sciences. The work would be conceptually innovative, interdisciplinary, and unlikely to be funded by existing funding bodies.
The Foundation intends to make a small number of awards to support independent-minded researchers working in Political Economy - which the ISRF here extends to include the social scientific study of economies across the whole range of the social sciences - to be held from a start date no later than the end of December 2020. Scholars from within Europe are eligible to apply. See here for all the details.
Pre-call announcement: NORFACE: Democratic governance in a turbulent age
NORFACE will be announcing a new transnational research programme on democratic governance in December. The main focus of this research programme will be on understanding the precise nature of the recent turbulence in democratic politics and governance in Europe, how European states can negotiate it and how they can develop strategies to enhance the quality of democratic politics and governance. Read more…
Global Development Institute (GDI)
National urban policy making and its potential for sustainable urbanism: Seth Schindler, Diana Mitlin, and Simon Marvin.
Oxford Department of International Development (ODID)
Bjola, Corneliu (with James Pamment) (eds) (2018) 'Countering Online Propaganda and Extremism: The Dark Side of Digital Diplomacy', Routledge
Alexander Betts, Kate Pincock and Evan Easton-Calabria (2018) ‘Refugees as Providers of Protection and Assistance’, RSC Research in Brief 10
Alexander Betts (2018) ‘The Global Compact on Refugees: Towards a Theory of Change?’, International Journal of Refugee Law
Development Planning Unit (DPU), University College London
Comparative urban design: Border making practices in Medellín & Beirut
Edited by Catalina Ortiz
Integrating Food into Urban Planning
Edited by Yves Cabannes and Cecilia Marocchino
Health in secondary urban centres: Insights from Karonga, Malawi
By Donald Brown
DPU Breakfast - The case for recovering hope as a social force - Etienne von Bertrab
Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich
Boadu, P., Aidoo, R., Yankyera, K. O., Kleih, U., Abdoulaye, T., Maroya, N., Orchard, J. & Bekoe, S. (2018). Farmers’ perception about quality of planted seed yam and their preferences for certified seed yam in Ghana. International Journal of Food and Agricultural Economics, 6(3), 71-83.
Katic, P., & Ellis, T. (2018). Risk aversion in agricultural water management investments in Northern Ghana: Experimental evidence. Agricultural Economics.
Kikulwe, E., Okurut, S., Ajambo, S., Nowakunda, K., Stoian, D., & Naziri, D. (2018). Postharvest losses and their determinants: A challenge to creating a sustainable cooking banana value chain in Uganda. Sustainability, 10(7), 2381.
Pattison-Williams, J., Haggar, J., & Morton, J. (2018). Intergenerational perceptions of household wellbeing in India’s Western and Eastern Ghats. World Development Perspectives 10-12: 51-57
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
Jean-Paul Faguet. The Lessons of Bolivia. Journal of Democracy 29, no. 4 (2018): 89-101.
David Keen. Double games: Success, failure and the relocation of risk in fighting terror, drugs and migration. Political Geography 67, Pages 100-110 (2018)
Da Fonseca, Elize Massard, Kenneth Shadlen, and Francisco Inacio Bastos. Integrating Science, Technology and Health Policies in Brazil: Incremental Change and Public Health Professionals as Agents of Reform. Journal of Latin American Studies. Cambridge University Press, 1–24.
School of Oriental and African Studies, SOAS
Shyamal Bikash Chakma and Suraj Gogoi The Bru–Mizo Conflict in Mizoram. Economic and Political Weekly
Jude Howell and Tim Pringle Shades of Authoritarianism and State–Labour Relations in China. British Journal of Industrial Relations
Jens Lerche and Alpa Shah Conjugated oppression within contemporary capitalism: class, caste, tribe and agrarian change in India. Journal of Peasant Studies.
DPP, The Open University
Publication: Innovation as a political process of development
Professor Theo Papaioannou, DPP and Director of Innogen Institute and Professor Smita Srinivas, Visiting Professor, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, published 'Innovation as a political process of development: are neo-Schumpeterians value neutral?' in Innovation and Development (first published online). Read more…
King’s College London
Alice Evans’s paper, 'Amplifying Accountability By Benchmarking Results at District and National Levels' has been published by Development Policy Review. It examines why there is growing attention to maternal health in Zambia. The paper highlights the importance of the Millennium Development Goals, top-down accountability, supportive supervision, and conditional financing. Alice’s article 'Cities as Catalysts of Gendered Social Change' (Annals of the American Association of Geographers) explores why people in cities are more supportive of gender equality. Through comparative rural-urban ethnographic research, she shows how cities can catalyse social change: shifting incentives, behaviour, and then beliefs.
Ed Gómez has published 'Civil Society In Global Health', Globalization & Health. This paper critically assesses the existing literature on civil society’s impact on policy design and implementation within international health agencies. Ed Gómez and his doctoral student, Fernanda Pérez, along with Professor Deisy Ventura (University of São Paulo) have published a new article titled “What Explains the Lacklustre Response to Zika in Brazil: Exploring Institutional, Economic, and Health Systems Context,” BMJ Global Health). This paper explains why Brazil was not successful in effectively responding to the Zika epidemic despite overwhelming international pressures to do so.
Sanchari Roy’s paper 'Women's Inheritance Rights Reform and the Preference for Sons in India' (co-authored with Sonia Bhalotra and Rachel Brule) is in the Journal of Development Economics. This paper finds that a reform equalizing women’s inheritance rights in India led to an increase in female foeticide. Female infant mortality and fertility also rose, as did reported son preference among parents. We argue that in the presence of sticky social norms, the reform raised the costs of daughters and made parents more averse to having them
Jelke Boesten’s paper 'Recalling Violence: Gender and Memory Work in Contemporary Post-Conflict Peru' (in the volume Rethinking Transitional Gender Justice: Transformative approaches in post-conflict settings edited by Rita Shackel and Lucy Fiske) is now in all great bookshops. Jelke Boesten also wrote an essay for NACLA, an online academic journal of Latin American current affairs, on the current wave of feminist activism and its backlash: Ni Una Menos Stares Down Conservative Reaction/ Ni Una Menos enfrenta una reacción conservadora.
Robyn Klingler-Vidra wrote about 'Unicorns, Creativity and Artificial Intelligence: East Asia’s Modern – High-Tech Entrepreneurship – Brand of Industrial Policy' in Global Policy in July 2018. Robyn engages with the rise of Alibaba and Softbank, and the implications of this paradigm shift. In August 2018, American Affairs’ lead article in their fall issue was Robyn Klingler-Vidra’s 'Building the Venture Capital State'. The article explores the findings of her book, The Venture Capital State, with an emphasis on the relationship between the state and the market.
Jan Knoerich published a Columbia FDI Perspective, entitled 'Do Developing Countries Benefit from Outward FDI?'. The Perspective argues that developing countries can benefit from outward FDI by their own “emerging multinational enterprises”. It outlines how outward FDI contributes to the development of home economies, and discusses potential harmful effects. Appropriate outward FDI policy can enhance the development benefits form outward FDI for home economies.
Ye Liu wrote a piece for Progress, Labour Center-Left Media Group. The article entitled: 'In both China and Britain, meritocracy is used to quell social unrest' explains how the idea of meritocracy has been used to justify a system of winners and losers as inequality increases across the globe. Ye Liu wrote for a leading activist blog on gender issues in China-Women and Gender in China (WAGIC). The article entitled: 'Views on Campus: Feminism and the Job Market', explains why young women in China do not want to be feminists.
Brighton & Sussex Medical School
Tsegay, Girmay, Kebede Deribe, Negussie Deyessa, Adamu Addissie, Gail Davey, Max Cooper, and Mei L. Trueba. (2018). "'I should not feed such a weak woman'. Intimate partner violence among women living with podoconiosis: A qualitative study in northern Ethiopia." PLOS ONE 13 (12):e0207571.
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Oxford University Press (OUP)
New titles from OUP
The Oxford Handbook of the Ethiopian Economy
Edited by Fantu Cheru, Christopher Cramer, and Arkebe Oqubay
Taken For A Ride: Grounding Neoliberalism, Precarious Labour, and Public Transport in an African Metropolis
ISBN: 9780198839057 New in Paperback
The Global Gag Rule and Women's Reproductive Health: Rhetoric Versus Reality
Yana van der Meulen Rodgers
Foundations of Migration Economics
George J. Borjas, Barry R. Chiswick; edited by Benjamin Elsner
Living Wage: Regulatory Solutions to Informal and Precarious Work in Global Supply Chains
Law and the Political Economy of Hunger
Making Markets Work for Africa: Markets, Development, and Competition Law in Sub-Saharan Africa
Eleanor M. Fox and Mor Bakhoum
Brother, Can You Spare a Billion? The United States, the IMF, and the International Lender of Last Resort
ISBN: 9780190936341 New in Paperback
Why Culture Matters Most
David C. Rose
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Meanwhile, several exciting brand-new publications for you to check out this month, including an exciting new introduction to Brazil, with an afterword reflecting on the recent elections:
UNDERSTANDING CONTEMPORARY BRAZIL
BY JEFF GARMANY & ANTHONY W. PEREIRA
"This book is an excellent introduction for those beginning to study Brazil, and a useful overview and synthesis for those seeking greater insight into how transformations in recent economics, politics and culture fit together." — Bryan McCann, President of the Brazilian Studies Association (2016-2018), and Professor Georgetown University, USA
“An incredibly readable and useful book and not only for beginners." — Maria Hermínia Tavares de Almeida, Professor at the Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning (CEBRAP), and former Director of the Institute of International Relations, University of São Paulo, Brazil
""Brazil is not for beginners," as the musical luminary Tom Jobim once remarked, but one has to start somewhere. And there is no better primer than Understanding Contemporary Brazil. Both historically grounded and up-to-date, this study covers a dazzling array of issues" — Christopher Dunn, Tulane University, USA
"This is an excellent introduction, for researchers, teachers and students, to the economy, government and politics, society, culture, environment and international relations of contemporary Brazil" — Leslie Bethell, Professor Emeritus and former Director of the Centre for Brazilian Studies at the University of Oxford, UK (1997-2007)
"An immensely original book, African Peacekeeping Training Centres provides a unique and clear-eyed analysis of how Africa prepares peacekeepers with the operational and managerial skills to work in increasingly complex environments and with a constantly widening mandate. I have rarely read a book which is likely to appeal to as wide a range of readers, from academics to practitioners, from students of peacekeeping and development to executive educators." — Prof Khalid Koser, University of Maastricht, Netherlands & Executive Director, Global Community Engagement & Resilience Fund, Geneva, Switzerland
“Anne Flaspoeler shines a valuable bright light here on the actual conundrums facing peacekeeping training reformers." — Prof Cynthia Enloe, Clark University, USA
POSTCOLONIALISM, DECOLONIALITY AND DEVELOPMENT
BY CHERYL MCEWAN
Postcolonialism, Decoloniality and Development is a comprehensive revision of the 2009 edition that explains, reviews and critically evaluates recent debates about postcolonial and decolonial approaches and their implications for development studies. By outlining contemporary theoretical debates and examining their implications for how the developing world is thought about, written about and engaged with in policy terms, this book unpacks the difficult, complex and important aspects of the relationships between postcolonial theory, decoloniality and development studies.
MONEY FROM THE GOVERNMENT IN LATIN AMERICA: CONDITIONAL CASH TRANSFER PROGRAMS AND RURAL LIVES
EDITED BY MARIA ELISA BALEN AND MARTIN FOTTA
"This is not only a most welcome contribution to the debate on social protection but shows how essential social analysis is for the domain of public policy." – Maxine Molyneux, University College London, UK
"This urgently-needed volume reveals the power of a technically savvy, yet conceptually sophisticated, anthropology to confront the social policy question of our time: Do the conditional cash transfers (CCTs) represent the ideal paradigm for fighting social injustice in the twenty-first century?" – Aaron Ansell, Virginia Tech, USA
“fundamental reading for academics, students, and policy makers." – André Pires, Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas, Brazil
CIVIL SOCIETY IN THE GLOBAL SOUTH
EDITED BY PALASH KAMRUZZAMAN
"Debates about the historical origins and character of civil society have become increasingly complex. The consequence is that empirical analyses of a wide variety of cases are required more than ever to develop plausible new generalisations about civil society and its prospects, especially amidst the contradictions arising from a neoliberalised world, which vary in their manifestations according to specific contexts. This is the important service that is provided by this important collection of essays. Together, they constitute a much-needed intervention into discussions that too often begin with wildly differing assumptions." — Vedi R. Hadiz, Director and Professor of Asian Studies, Asia Institute, University of Melbourne, Australia.