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.
6-7 February 2020, Melbourne
Development Studies: Research, Debates & Trajectories
In light of the formation of the DSAA, this inaugural conference seeks to re-examine debates in light of the contested nature of Development Studies, explore trajectories in the field in light of the formation of the association, and consider new research from around Australia and beyond. What is Development Studies? What are the emerging directions, trends, trajectories? What is its contemporary relevance in light ongoing decolonisation, funding cuts and the rise of the global south? Is Development Studies even still relevant, or should part of our purpose be to make ourselves, our courses and even our agencies redundant? How does Development Studies relate to Indigenous and community development? Where are the boundaries and relationships with anthropology, politics, economics, geography, and so on? Is there a unique contribution for Australia to make to Development Studies? This conference will explore these big questions about the field as a whole, as well as profiling the diverse work of individual researchers and teams doing new things across the field. Papers/panels/roundtables/practice workshops are welcome across any aspect of Development Studies.
Full Call for Papers here.
Abstracts/proposals to DSAAconference(at)gmail.com by 20 September 2019
(subject line ‘Proposal for DSAA Conference’)
Over the next year, we plan to redevelop our website, improve our communications with members and stakeholders, and do more to raise the profile of Development Studies. To help us plan for this, we would really like to gather feedback from members, current users of our website, Bulletin subscribers, conference attendees and anyone else who interacts with DSA. We have put together a short questionnaire and do encourage you to use it to share your feedback. Any comments you have on the website, Bulletin, our social media and the public profile of DSA will be gratefully received, so please do take a few minutes to offer your thoughts. We have shared our vision with the DSA Council and will now begin implementing our new communications plan. If you have any other comments you’d like to share about communications that aren’t covered by the questionnaire, you can send these directly to our new Communications Officer, Amy Lunt, by emailing comms(at)devstud.org.uk. You can access the questionnaire here.
We will be circulating an online survey to gather feedback on the conference to all who attended very soon so please take the time to complete this to help us improve each year on the conference experience for delegates.
You can still visit the OU website to watch the keynotes and Early Career Researcher plenary. If you need a certificate of participation, you can find the link to access these online on the conference website.
Our recent workshop series co-funded by ESRC aimed to understand better the opportunities for and barriers to cross-disciplinary, international research, exploring global challenges such as water, urban development, poverty and climate change. Videos and reports from the workshops are available on the DSA website
The convenors of the seven workshops came together at the DSA Conference in a roundtable event to discuss the findings. We are now working on a paper which we hope will contribute to ongoing discussions about interdisciplinary research, and as we develop new DSA communications tools we will be considering how we can usefully capture and share the experiences and resources that were discussed at the workshops.
The Development Studies Association edits a book series on Critical Frontiers of Theory, Research and Practice in International Development Studies, which is published by Oxford University Press. The series profiles research monographs that will shape the theory, practice, and teaching of international development for a new generation of scholars, students, and practitioners. We are seeking exciting proposals for new titles in the series. Recent titles in the series include Playing with Fire: Deepened Financial Integration and Changing Vulnerabilities of the Global South by Yilmaz Akyüz and Taken for a Ride: Grounding Neoliberalism, Precarious Labour, and Public Transport in an African Metropolis by Matteo Rizzo. The series editors can be contacted for further information about the series or for discussing prospective book proposals through the email address: dsabookseries(at)devstud.org.uk
Inclusive Dualism: Labour-intensive Development, Decent Work, and Surplus Labour in Southern Africa
by Nicoli Nattrass and Jeremy Seekings
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.
Local-level intermediaries in natural resource management: Virtual workshop, 20th September
The Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change (ENRCC) Study Group is planning to hold a virtual workshop/conference on 20th September on the role of local-level intermediaries in natural resource management. The theme is now up on the SG webpage. Please contact Fiona Nunan, f.s.nunan(at)bham.ac.uk if you’d like to be involved in the workshop/conference.
We’re pleased to announce that the newly formed DSA study group South Asia and Development will be running, among other initiatives, a series of webinars. The series will focus around a common theme of the mobility of development practices, in relation to how different types of power shape development practices. Two of the aims of these webinars are to help identify scholarly themes to shape and co-develop research programmes; and to build new connections to inform future scholarly collaborations. If you are interested in speaking or attending, please let us know, and we can begin to build the programme.
You can find out more about this webinar series and our other activities at the SG webpage.
The challenges of women’s invisible care work: analysis of new research
Reports are now available to read about this recently held workshop - you can find links to the reports on the SG webpage.
Dr Robtel Neajai Pailey’s keynote address at the annual Development Studies Association Conference, titled ‘De-centring the “White Gaze” of Development', is now available to watch here.
The Refugee Studies Centre has launched Rethinking Refuge – a new platform providing short, research-based articles aimed at rethinking refugee issues from a variety of angles, such as politics, ethics, law and history.
Professor Xiaolan Fu co-authored a new book that examines the impact of Chinese and European multinational enterprises (MNEs) in the African context. Based on extensive empirical research, the book uses Ghana as a case study to analyse trends in MNEs and assess the advantages and disadvantages of their involvement.
The Economic and Social Research Council has funded Young Lives to carry out a one-year programme of research to stimulate dialogue and share mutual learning with a community of practice engaged in policy-focused longitudinal observational studies in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The aim is to strengthen capacity and effectiveness in the conduct of such large-scale international development studies in LMICs through an innovative programme of methodological and operational reflection and learning involving Young Lives partners and collaborators in the Global South and Global North.
A new special issue of Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale co-edited by Associate Professor Ruben Andersson examines 'The return of remoteness'; the introduction to the issue is open access. The issue also includes an article titled ‘The Timbuktu syndrome’ by Professor Andersson, who wrote on the same topic in a piece for The Conversation.
A new report by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), for which Professor Xiaolan Fu was principal consultant, examines how developing countries can build digital competencies to ensure they benefit from frontier technologies in a way that supports sustainable development.
A new article co-authored by recently completed DPhil student Santiago Izquierdo Tort explores decision-making and land management by landlords in Payments for Environmental Services (PES) programmes.
New research on the impact social media is having on mental health in Indonesia (by Gindo Tampubolon et al) generated global media coverage.
BBC breakfast invited Johan Oldekop to talk about the importance of reforestation for tackling climate change
The Royal Geographic Society’s magazine Geographical featured Stephanie Barrientos’s research on the value women bring to goods in global value chains
Project Syndicate featured Shamel Azmeh’s thoughts on how to save the internet from restrictive policies
Antonio Savoia and Kunal Sen warned of the dangers of isolationist policies for developing countries in The Irish Examiner.
New findings from the Industrial Development, Construction and Employment in Africa (IDCEA) project, led by Carlos Oya and funded by the ESRC, challenge commonly held perceptions of labour practices in Africa by Chinese firms. The findings, launched at an event at SOAS, show that national, sector and economic context are more important in understanding labour conditions in Africa than the country origin of the firm itself.
The IDCEA project team also had very well attended workshops in Luanda (Angola) on 7 and 8 June and Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) on 17 and 18 June. They also presented results at ECAS conference in Edinburgh on 12 June, DSA conference in Milton Keynes on 20 June and at the Biennial Conference of China Development Studies (BCCDS) at Shanghai Jiao Tong University on 7 July.
Reports published so far can be downloaded here.
The Financial Times ran a story on the IDCEA project's findings, written by the Africa editor.
On 28th June, Labour Movement Cluster hosted Pun Ngai, scholar and labour academic at Hong Kong University, for a discussion of labour and labour movements in China and the tasks of building international solidarity.
Kate Meagher’s Taxing Times wins award
An article by Kate Meagher entitled “Taxing Times: Taxation, divided societies and the informal economy in Northern Nigeria”, published in The Journal of Development Studies 54(1), has been awarded the journal's Dudley Seers Memorial Prize for the best article of 2018.
Professor Naila Kabeer’s Seeds of Change
In this interview with CGIAR, Kabeer reflects on gender in agriculture, her life lessons on gender and suggestions on areas to further explore and for future scientists to take at heart.
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BBC News article “Sudan crisis: The ruthless mercenaries who run
the country for gold” by Alex de Waal.
DPU’s Alexander Macfarlane and Étienne von Bertrab participated in the First UN-Habitat Assembly which took place between 27 and 31 May in Nairobi. In particular, they were invited to be in the judging panel of the first edition of the Community
The Fund was set up to support scholars at UK universities, policy research institutions, and NGOs with a research portfolio to travel to KNOW partner cities to conduct primary research that relates to the theme of urban equality.
The scholarships will be provided with the support of Redsea Cultural foundation based in Hargeysa
The BUDDlab Volume 11 has been published and is available to download on our website
Congratulations to all our staff members who were nominated for the 2019 Student Choice awards
Congratulations to the team including Andrea Rigon from the DPU, Njala University, SLURC and UCL Digital Education who were awarded the UCL Education Award and also shortlisted for a Provost’s award.
The book, co-edited by Adriana Allen with Igor Vojnovic, Amber L. Pearson, Gershim Asiki and Geoff DeVerteuil has been published by Routledge.
We are excited to launch the Health in Urban Development Scholarship to support candidates or postgraduate study on the MScHealth in Urban Development programme
The book, The Capability Approach, Empowerment and Participation, has been published co-edited by Alexandre Apsan Frediani with David Alexander clark and Mario Biggeri.
Tax and Accountability: How to strengthen the links?
David Pedley & Rhiannon McCluskey
Managing European Union funded projects poses many challenges for managers and teams. As part of the organisational development strand of our work in the Congo Basin, we ran a five-day training in Douala, Cameroon, for our seven project partners, covering the many key obligations, formalities and financial management details that beneficiaries of EU funding need to know.
With a varied curriculum based on many years of work in forest governance, ‘Civil Society: Representation, Activism and Influence’ responds to real challenges faced by CS organisations as the sector expands and changes.
Eight modules covering aspects of Project Cycle Management (PCM) have been delivered to a wide range of stakeholders in all Borrowing Member Countries, from Government officials and technical officers to project analysts and public sector managers. This programme of training is making a great impact on the design, implementation, monitoring and reporting of projects.
University of Wolverhampton Vice Chancellor Prof. Geoff Layer, alongside CIDT staff, attended this Caribbean Development Bank conference in July 2019. Prof. Layer spoke to the 100 delegates about universities ‘Working with citizens to meet the policy and practical challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals’. Caribbean public sector leaders shared lessons and information around policy challenges faced in the region.
Research seeds ‘transformative’ initiative in southern Africa
Research led by Nicola Yeates is behind a regional monitoring system for economic and human development now being rolled out across 16 southern African countries. Read more…
Research, but not as we know it
The Tate Exchange event that brings together arts, academia and activism. Read more…
DSA2019: The refugees the policymakers forgot
In a taster blog for her presentation on the Early Career Research Panel at DSA2019, Dr Sameen Zafar draws attention to the needs of elder refugees. Read more…
‘We want to hear from all researchers with an interest in gender’
Lorena Lombardozzi explains the rationale behind the launch of IKD’s new interdisciplinary Gender and Social Policy network. Read more…
Futurelearn deal will open up many new opportunities for India’s learners
The OU-founded social learning platform has announced a collaboration with a leading Asian online education platform. Read more...
Spotting clues to globalisation… in Renaissance paintings
Senior lecturer in Art History Leah Clark takes another look at the supposed products of a purely Western culture. Read more…
‘Pathbreaking’ study of International Health Worker Migration and Recruitment
Nicola Yeates’ new research monograph on the global governance, politics and policy of global health worker migration and social justice, the first comprehensive study of its kind, is published. Read more…
Financialisation: can we agree what it is? And should we?
Pauline Gleadle reports on the debate at the recent IKD workshop on financialisation. Read more…
Diverse group joins the experts to explore Innovation for Development in a new societal era
Theo Papaioannou blogs on the International Development Summer Course in Lisbon. Read more…
Fighting antimicrobial resistance in low- and middle-income settings
Koula Charitonos outlines a project to understand how laboratory professionals can be supported to learn about AMR on the job. Read more…
Major investment in Food and Nutrition Security research at NRI
NRI is delighted to announce that it has been granted an award of £7.5 million from Research England’s ‘Expanding Excellence in England’ (E3) Fund for its Food and Nutrition Security Initiative (FaNSI), with a specific focus on Africa. Using a food systems approach, FaNSI will significantly expand NRI’s research capacity, working in collaboration with African and international partner organisations, to address the challenges of food and nutrition insecurity. The Initiative, which will work across the social and natural sciences, develops four of NRI’s areas of excellence: Climate Change, Food Loss and Waste, Sustainable Agricultural Intensification, and Food Systems for Improved Nutrition. Funding will cover the creation of 20 new research posts at a range of career levels and 18 PhD studentships. Find out more about FaNSI and its component programmes here.
Please see the Jobs section of this Bulletin for notice of new opportunities under FaNSI.
CDAIS (Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation Systems), a programme funded by the European Union and implemented by FAO and Agrinatura, a consortium of 31 European universities and research institutes, has recently held an International Forum in Gembloux, Belgium to mark the programme’s completion. The overall objective of CDAIS has been to make agricultural innovation systems more efficient and sustainable in meeting the demands of farmers, agri-business and consumers, to improve food security. CDAIS has operated in eight pilot countries, in Africa, Asia and Latin America: Claire Coote of NRI acted as Focal Person for Bangladesh, and Hans Dobson as Focal Person for Rwanda. The CDAIS book on Building Competence and Confidence in Agricultural Innovation: Stories of Change is available here.
Value Chain Analysis for Development (VCA4D) is an EU-funded programme providing multi-disciplinary value chain analyses of selected agricultural commodities in developing countries. Each study includes a functional analysis, an economic analysis covering contribution to economic growth and inclusiveness, a social sustainability analysis and an environmental analysis. 14 studies have now been completed, with several more ongoing. NRI staff have acted as economists for seven studies, as social sector specialists for six, and as environmental specialist for one study. Six-page summaries of twelve of the studies, and more information about the programme, are available here. For full-length reports of the studies where available, please contact Andy Frost a.i.frost(at)gre.ac.uk.
Apurba Shee gave a paper on “Fractional Dimensionality of Weather and a New Approach to Climate Risk Financing in Agriculture: Evidence from Kenya” at the Annual Conference of the Agricultural Economics Society at the University of Warwick in April.
In May, SIID hosted a number of events on the theme of decolonisation:
SIID PGR Conference & Annual Lecture
Earlier in May we welcomed over 30 students attending the SIID Annual Postgraduate Conference. This event was organised by MA/MSc and PhD students from the University of Sheffield and was attended by postgraduates studying at Universities in Tanzania, China, Norway, Portugal, UK, Sweden, Germany and Hungary. In it’s 10th year, the topic of the conference was ‘Decolonising Development? Challenges, Innovations and Practices.’ This event coincided with the SIID Annual Lecture and we were delighted to welcome Professor Uma Kothari to deliver a lecture on: "Decolonising Knowledge and Forging Solidarity: Disrupting colonial representations, narratives and imaginaries". More details can be found on the SIID website.
Research Ethics: Developing Best Practice for Researching in the Global South
More than 40 researchers at different career stages attended this two day workshop at the University of Sheffield over 20th - 21st May. The workshop consisted of eight facilitated break-out sessions for group work. A range of topics were discussed and part of the workshop was recorded as material will be edited for teaching purposes. If you are interested in hearing more please get in contact with the workshop organizer Dr Daniel Hammett. More details on the SIID website as well.
The International Development Department is delighted to share the news that a team led by Professor Nic Cheeseman has been awarded the prize for Outstanding International Impact by the ESRC. Please read more here.
United Nations University UNU-WIDER
Request for proposals for research papers | The dynamics of women’s work: routes to economic and social empowerment |
Closing date 31 August
Centre for Development Studies (CDS) University of Bath
Ana C. Dinerstein published an Occasional paper 2019 titled ‘Scaling up or deepening? Developing the radical potential of the SSE sector in a time of crisis’, Social and Solidarity economy Knowledge Hub for SDG, United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on the Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE). The paper is Co-authored with: Paul Chatterton (University of Leeds); Peter North (University of Liverpool), and F. Harry Pitts (University of Bristol).
Ana C. Dinerstein presented a paper ‘Prefiguration and Work’, at the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) Annual Meeting-Conference Theme, “Fathomless Futures: Algorithmic and Imagined” (27-29 June 2019), at the New School for Social Research in New York. The paper is co-authored by Harry Pitts.
Ana C. Dinerstein is one of the speakers at the summer school titled ‘Social Emanicaption- Post-Development, Comunalidad and Autonomy-Bringing Together’ which is going to be held at the Universidad de la Tierra (Oaxaca, Mexico) from August 12th to 20th (2019).
The award-winning ‘Voices from the Mine’ from Roy Maconachie and Simon Wharf was showcased to policymakers at the UN HQ last week. For more information please see here.
International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University
Dr Gustavo García López new Prince Claus Chair holder at the International Institute of Social Studies
Starting the 1st of September 2019, Dr Gustavo García López will hold the Prince Claus Chair for two years with the focus on ‘Sustainable Development, Inequalities and Environmental Justice’. The Prince Claus Chair in Development and Equity was established by Utrecht University and the ISS early 2003 in honour of Prince Claus of the Netherlands (1926-2002), it attests to the deep respect and appreciation for Prince Claus as a person, for his work, and for his commitment to, and authority in, the field of development and equity throughout the world.
EADI student membership is now free to all students
See here for all the details and how to become an EADI member.
DSA Ireland Annual Conference
(En)gendering Development: Research to Policy and Practice 14-15 November 2019
Visit their website to register and to see the full call for papers and details.
Deadline for abstract submission: 5 September 2019
Global Development Institute (GDI)
From Politics to Power? Rethinking the politics of development:
9-11 September, Manchester
Convened by the Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre, this flagship conference is essential for anyone interested in the politics of development and will also appeal to a broad range of scholars and practitioners interested in leading edge themes including the politics of women’s empowerment, economic growth, social provisioning, natural resources, state capacity, thinking and working politically and governing cities. As well as presenting the findings of the ESID conference, speakers include Harvard’s Lant Pritchett and Merilee Grindle, author of Why Nations Fail James Robinson, Anne Marie Goetz and Prerna Singh. More information.
IDS, University of Sussex
8th PhD conference on international development - 19th - 21st September 2019
Institute of Development Studies, Brighton
See further details and how to attend here.
United Nations University UNU-WIDER
WIDER Development Conference | Transforming economies – for better jobs | 11-13 September, Bangkok, Thailand’
Plenary session | Seema Jayachandran - Dismantling barriers to women's employment in developing countries | 11 September, Bangkok Thailand
Policy event | Changing technologies and the jobs of tomorrow | 14 September, Bangkok Thailand.
Global Development Institute (GDI)
The University of Manchester’s University College for Interdisciplinary Learning has a new course on SDGs. The course is open to all University of Manchester students, is free and assigns credits. Contributors have included Nicola Banks (SDG 8) Edward Ampratwum and Matthew Walsham (SDG 1) with inputs from David Hulme, Diana Mitlin, Stephanie Barrientos, Richard Heeks and Kunal Sen.
Department of Development Studies and the Department of Economics, SOAS
SOAS's Department of Development Studies is launching two online MSc programmes in October 2019 and applications are now open:
- The MSc Humanitarian Action is a new degree that provides students with a thorough understanding of the principles and history of humanitarianism, and an analysis of the critiques, complexities and contradictions facing humanitarian actors.
- The MSc International Development builds on the reputation of our on-campus Masters programmes to offer a degree that is theoretically founded, equipping students with the analytical tools to address the challenges of contemporary development contexts.
CIDT, University of Wolverhampton
A new training programme for organisations promoting change in the forest sector. This training aims to critically explore the role of civil society actors in promoting good governance; the challenges and tensions inherent in that role; and practical strategies and skills for influencing change.
University of Reading
The University of Reading will be welcoming their first cohort of students for the new BA in Spanish and International Development in September 2019. This joint honours degree combines an interdisciplinary grounding in development studies, addressing real world issues affecting people and the planet, in conjunction with an in-depth study of the Spanish language and its diverse cultures.
In partnership with the University of Sussex, IDS is ranked first in the world for development studies by the QS University Rankings. We offer a wide range of postgraduate degrees and professional development courses on critical development issues.
• MSc Climate Change, Development and Policy
• MA Development Studies
• MA Food and Development
• MA Globalisation, Business and Development
• MA Governance, Development and Public Policy
• MA Power, Participation and Social Change
• MA Poverty and Development
IDS Training Courses
Contribution Analysis for Impact Evaluation
16 to 20 September 2019
Working Together to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
9 to 13 September 2019
Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation for Learning
2 to 6 September 2019
More information on the IDS website.
International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University
London International Development Centre (LIDC)
LIDC Short Course – Evaluation: From Innovation to Impact, 4 – 8 November 2019
Registrations are now open for LIDC’s Short Course ‘Evaluation: From Innovation to Impact’, which will be held from 4 – 8 November 2018 at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). The course aims to provide participants with a comprehensive background in evaluation methods for development programmes. Students will also develop their own evaluation protocol to apply their learning to a contemporary development problem. Tutors will include academics and practitioners from the following organisations:
- Oxfam GB
- Relief International
- London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
- SOAS University of London
- UCL Institute of Education
- The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie)
To register for the course, please complete the application form 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.
Brighton & Sussex Medical School
Global Health Msc/PGDip/PGCert
The Global Health MSc course brings together experts from the health sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, development studies, anthropology, economics and political sciences among others in order to deliver a stimulating and vibrant programme. We combine traditional didactic teaching with dynamic and interactive methods, using case studies alongside evidence and insights from the various disciplines to facilitate students’ critical understanding of current global health issues, their complex determinants and their potential solutions.
For more information please visit the website.
Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre (IGDC), University of York
The Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre (IGDC) at the University of York has launched a new two new study programmes in Global Development:
PhD in Global Development - recruiting now to start September 2019
BA in Global Development (with or without a year in industry) - recruiting Autumn 2019 to start September 2021.
United Nations University UNU-WIDER
Presentation | Kunal Sen on politicians and their promises in an
uncertain world | 15 August, Helsinki Finland
WIDER Annual Lecture | Informality – addressing the Achilles heel of social protection in Latin America | 30 October, Geneva Switzerland.
School of International Development, University of East Anglia
Lecturer in Social Anthropology and International Development
(0.6FTE, fixed-term) | Ref: ATR1477
View the full advert on the UEA website.
Closing date: 17th September 2019
Oxford Department of International Development
Associate Professorship of Development Studies
The Oxford Department of International Development seeks applications for an Associate Professorship of Development Studies. Full-time position based at Queen Elizabeth House, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford. The post will be held in association with a non-tutorial fellowship at St Anne’s College based on Woodstock Road, Oxford.
The postholder will engage in research and contribute to the department's and University's reputation for research excellence. She/he will also develop courses and provide teaching and supervision to graduate students, take part in examining/assessment and contribute to the administration of the department and the governance of the College. Applicants should be scholars with a focus on one or more regions in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East or pertaining to institutions of development in the Global South.
For more information including how to apply please visit here.
Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich
NRI is now recruiting a number of posts for its new Food and Nutrition Security Initiative (FaNSI), funded under an award from Research England’s ‘Expanding Excellence in England’ (E3) Fund. FaNSI will significantly expand NRI’s research capacity with a particular emphasis on addressing climate change, food loss and waste, sustainable agricultural intensification and food systems for nutrition, with a specific focus on Africa.
For more details, please see here.
All FaNSI posts are now advertised here. Posts that may be of particular interest to DSA members include: :
- Professor of Climate Change and Food Security
- Professor of Food and Agriculture Policy
- Professor of Food-based Strategies for Nutrition
- Associate Professor in Climate Vulnerability and State Fragility
- Associate Professor in Behavioural Sciences (Food and Nutrition Security)
- Senior Fellow in Food Systems Economics
- Senior Fellow in Climate Change and Rural Institutions
- Senior Fellow in Climate Vulnerability and State Fragility
- Senior Fellow in Economics of Fish in Food Systems (in collaboration with WorldFish)
- Senior Lecturer/Researcher in Human Geography/Food Systems
- Fellow in Digital Development
- Fellow in Gender & Diversity in Food Systems
- Fellow in Public Health Nutrition
Please note that closing dates for professorial posts are yet to be determined. Other closing dates are post-specific and vary between 10th September and 2nd October.
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Professorship position - Technology and Global Development
Application deadline: September 15th 2019
Yale NUS College
Three Tenure-Track or Tenured (open rank) faculty positions in the Social Sciences
Please read the full advert here.
Your chance to make an impact in Research Communications
Interested in Research Communications? The European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (of which DPP is a member) is looking for academic members for its newly formed Research Communications working group. Read more…
Request for proposals for research papers | The dynamics of women’s work: routes to economic and social empowerment | Closing date 31 August.
University of Bristol - Questionnaire
For our research on international research partnerships and collaboration, we are gathering the perspectives of Southern- and Northern-based actors. We would greatly appreciate your views on this topic by completing this brief questionnaire. This study has received ethical approval from the University of Bristol. Any information provided here will be treated confidentially within the research team and anonymised in reporting.
For further details, please contact Tigist Grieve (tigist.grieve(at)bristol.ac.uk) or Rafael Mitchell (rafael.mitchell(at)bristol.ac.uk)
Global Development Institute (GDI)
"A tool to help or harm? Social media use and adult mental health in Indonesia". International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. Sujarwoto Sujarwoto,Gindo Tampubolon, Adi Cilik Pierewan
Re-articulating labour in global production networks: The case of street traders in Barcelona. Environment and Planning: Space and Society: Matthew Alford, Uma Kothari, Laura Pottinger.
The domestic political economy of upgrading in global value chains: how politics shapes pathways for upgrading in Rwanda’s coffee sector. Review of International Political Economy. Pritish Behuria:
Datafication, development and marginalised urban communities: an applied data justice framework . Information, Communication and Society. Richard Heeks & Satyarupa Shekhar
Beyond the neoliberal-statist divide: a political settlements reading of Kenya's M-Pesa success story. World Development Journal. Matthew Tyce.
Tactics of dispossession: Access, power, and subjectivity at the extractive frontier. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. Tomas Frederiksen Matthew Himley.
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE ID AT LSE BLOG
Hyperinflation in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe’s inflation rates continue to grow exponentially year-on-year, as does the distrust over the government’s handling of the situation. Alum, Nathan Hayes, examines what lies ahead for the country. Read the full article here.
Biometric refugee registration: between benefits, risks and ethics
Guest bloggers, Claire Walkey, Dr. Caitlin Procter and Dr. Nora Bardelli from Oxford University, explore the potential benefits, risks and ethical challenges of biometric refugee registration. Read the full article here.
Taxing Times: Taxation, divided societies and the informal economy in Northern Nigeria
Dr Kate Meagher summaries her recent article published in The Journal of Development Studies 54(1) for which she has been awarded the journal’s Dudley Seers Memorial Prize for the best article of 2018. Read the full article here.
Migrant Domestic Workers in the Middle East: between state ignorance and obsolete laws
Following recent celebrations for International Domestic Workers’ Day, Youmna Cham, May Ghanem and Abir El Danaf explore the Kafala System and the daily injustices Women Migrant Domestic Workers are encountering in the Middle East and particularly in Lebanon. Read the full article here.
Bolsonaro’s dismantling in Brazil: a threat for both the environment and the economy
MSc Environment and Development candidates, Cristiane Mazzetti and Júlia Bussab Fonseca, pick apart Bolsonaro’s efforts to dismantle environmental policies in Brazil and the impact this has had on the international commodities market. Read the full article here.
WORKING PAPER SERIES
Working Paper 196
Ethnic favouritism in Kenyan education reconsidered: When a picture is worth more than a thousand regressions, Rebecca Simson and Dr Elliott Green
Read the full paper here.
Turkmani, Rim and Theros, Marika (2019) A process in its own right: the Syrian Civil Society Support Room. London School of Economics, Conflict Research Programme, London, UK.
Faguet, Jean-Paul (2019) Revolution from below: cleavage displacement and the collapse of elite politics in Bolivia. Politics and Society, 47 (2). pp. 205-250.
Howell, Jude and Pringle, Tim (2019) Shades of authoritarianism and state–labour relations in China. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 57 (2). pp. 223-246.
Wade, Robert Hunter (2020) Growth, inequality and poverty. In: Global Political Economy. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.
Olivas Osuna, José Javier (2019) Revolutionary versus reactionary: contrasting Portuguese and Spanish civil-military relations during democratisation. War & Society. pp. 1-24. ISSN 0729-2473
Radicati, Alessandra (2019) Island journeys: fisher itineraries and national imaginaries in Colombo. Contemporary South Asia. ISSN 0958-4935
Madon, Shirin and Schoemaker, Emrys (2019) Reimagining refugee identity systems: a sociological approach.
Klingler-Vidra, Robyn and Wade, Robert (2019) Science and technology policies and the middle-income trap: lessons from Vietnam. Journal of Development Studies. ISSN 0022-0388
Eaton, Kent, Faguet, Jean Paul, Harbers, Imke, Schakel, Arjan H., Hooghe, Liesbet, Marks, Gary, Niedzwiecki, Sara, Osterkatz, Sandra Chapman and Shair-Rosenfield, Sarah (2019) Measuring and theorizing regional governance. Territory, Politics, Governance, 7 (2). pp. 265-283. ISSN 2162-2671 Item
Boone, Catherine, Dyzenhaus, Alex, Manji, Ambreena, Gateri, Catherine, Ouma, Seth, Owino, James Kabugu, Gargule, Achiba and Klopp, Jacqueline (2019) Land law reform in Kenya: devolution, veto players, and the limits of an institutional fix. African Affairs, 118 (471). pp. 215-237. ISSN 0001-9909
Howell, Jude (2019) NGOs and civil society: the politics of crafting a civic welfare infrastructure in the Hu-Wen period. China Quarterly, 237. pp. 58-81. ISSN 0305-7410 Item not available from this repository.
Don’t forget to check out recent articles from LSE staff, students, alumni and friends of the department on the ID blog: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/internationaldevelopment/
School of Oriental and African Studies, SOAS
James E. Nickum. “Water Management.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Chinese Studies. Ed. Tim Wright. New York: Oxford University Press, 14 April 2019. doi: 10.1093/OBO/9780199920082-0174
Blog posts and media
Feyzi Ismail published two blog posts. One, Tipping points: could this be the climate movement we need? published on the SOAS blog looks at how the global movement against the climate crisis is bound up with the fight for social justice. The other, Women construction workers: Organising for change, published in The Kathmandu Post addresses how women in Nepal must be central to making workplace demands and demands on the government, both through formal trade unions and informal strategies.
Jorge Garcia-Arias published Philanthrocapitalism: How to Legitimize the Hegemony of the Rich with a “Good Vibes” Discourse for the Developing Economics blog.
Tim Pringle wrote Hong Kong on the Brink: after chaotic day of protest for The Conversation.
Speaking engagements and exhibits
Luciana Zorzoli was one of only two speakers presenting on Latin American issues and the ILO at the ILO Official Centenary Celebration Colloque in Paris in June, opened by the ILO General Director Guy Ryder. It gathered together 35 experts on the ILO history from all over the world.
Feyzi Ismail co-organised a roundtable discussion on 23 July in Kathmandu with women construction workers and government officials, trade unions, donors and NGOs to discuss women workers' concerns - challenges in terms of working conditions and demands to make on the government. This was followed by a press conference on 25 July to generate a discussion about women's labour in construction issues in the media. The research is funded by GCRF.
James Nickum showed an exhibit at a small Tokyo gallery of 19 black and white baryta paper prints created from colour slides he took in China in four periods from 1974-1984. The exhibit ran from 1st-7th July.
Tim Pringle spoke at the inaugural conference of the Society for Hong Kong Studies, held in Hong Kong in late June.
Carlos Oya was interviewed about the IDCEA project results by the core anchor of CGTN World Insight programme, being broadcast on 17/7 at 3.15pm London time.
IDS, University of Sussex
A Gender Approach to the Promotion of Productive Uses of Electricity
IDS Policy Briefing 162
Beyond Tweets and Screams: Action for Empowerment and Accountability in Nigeria – The Case of the #BBOG Movement
IDS Working Paper 529
Tade Akin Aina, Ayo Ojebode, Fatai Aremu, Martin Atela and Plangsat Dayil
Linking Social Rights to Active Citizenship for the Most Vulnerable: the Role of Rights and Accountability in the ‘Making’ and ‘Shaping’ of Social Protection
The European Journal of Development Research
Rachel Sabates-Wheeler, Abdul Gafaru Abdulai, Tayllor Spadafora, Nikhil Wilmink and Richard de Groot
Linking Energy Access, Gender and Poverty: A Review of the Literature on Productive Uses of Energy
Energy Research & Social Science Volume 53
Ana Pueyo and Maria del Mar Maestre Morales
Beyond Technical Fixes: Climate Solutions and the Great Derangement
Climate and Development
Lyla Mehta, Ian Scoones, Lars Otto Naess et al
International Development Department University of Birmingham
Beswick, D., J. Fisher and S.R. Hurt. 2019. Britain and Africa in the twenty-first century: Between ambition and pragmatism. Manchester University Press, Manchester.
Cheeseman, N. 2019. Democracy in Africa: success stories that have defied the odds. The Conversation, 23 July 2019.
Lynch, G., N. Cheeseman and J. Willis. 2019. From peace campaigns to peaceocracy: Elections, order and authority in Africa, African Affairs, online first.
Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich
C A O Akinbami, J E Olawoye, F A Adesina and V Nelson (2019) Exploring potential climate-related entrepreneurship opportunities and challenges for rural Nigerian women. Journal of Global Entrepreneurship Research 9:19
M Mayanja, C Rubaire-Akiiki, J Morton, JD Kabasa (2019) Pastoral community coping and adaptation strategies to manage household food insecurity consequent to climatic hazards in the cattle corridor of Uganda. Climate and Development 1-10
A Shee (2019) Design and Rating of Risk-Contingent Credit for balancing business and financial risks for Kenyan farmers. Applied Economics 1-19.
L German, L Cotula, K Gibson, A Locke, A Bonanno and J Quan (2018) Land Governance and Inclusive Business in Agriculture: advancing the debate. LEGEND State of the Debate Report.
Basset-Mens, C., Rhino, B., Ndereyimana, A., Kleih, U., & Biard, Y. (2019). Eco-efficiency of tomato from Rwamagana district in Rwanda: From field constraints to statistical significance. Journal of Cleaner Production, 229, 420-430.
United Nations University UNU-WIDER
Blog | In the Director's chair
Blog | Data for Development
In the media | SA-TIED working paper featured in the Financial Mail
In the media | MOZMOD presentation makes national news
In the media | UNU-WIDER findings on the influence of female elected officials on economic performance continues to make headlines
WIDER Working Paper | Linkages and spillover effects of South African foreign direct investment in Botswana and Kenya
Moving up the copper value chain in Southern Africa
Journal Article (Early view) | International Tax and Public Finance | What determines administrative capacity in developing countries?
Journal Article (Early view) | International Tax and Public Finance | Estimating the scale of profit shifting and tax revenue losses related to foreign direct investment
Journal Article (Early view) | International Tax and Public Finance | Inequality, good governance, and endemic corruption
Journal Article (Early view) | International Tax and Public Finance | The effect of top incomes on inequality in South Africa
Journal Article (Early view) | International Tax and Public Finance | How do small firms respond to tax schedule discontinuities?
Journal Article (Early view) | South African Journal of Economics | Contract Farming in Mozambique
Journal Article (Early view) | South African Journal of Economics | The counting approach to multidimensional poverty
Journal Article (Early view) | South African Journal of Economics | Gender Inequality in Employment in Mozambique
Journal Article (Early view) | South African Journal of Economics | Women’s Empowerment and Child Malnutrition
Journal Article (Early view) | South African Journal of Economics | Investigating Growing Inequality in Mozambique
Journal Article (Early view) | South African Journal of Economics | Living Conditions and Basic Needs
Journal Special Issue Article (Aid Impact and Effectiveness) | Politics and Governance | What Does the Evidence Tell Us about ‘Thinking and Working Politically’ in Development Assistance?
Journal Special Issue Article (Aid Impact and Effectiveness) | Politics and Governance | Do Countries Use Foreign Aid to Buy Geopolitical Influence?
Journal Special Issue Article (Aid Impact and Effectiveness) | Politics and Governance | Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen?
Journal Special Issue Article (Aid Impact and Effectiveness) | Politics and Governance | Bypassing Government
Journal Special Issue Article (Aid Impact and Effectiveness) | Politics and Governance | Aid Targeting to Fragile and Conflict-Affected States and Implications for Aid Effectiveness
Journal Special Issue Article (Aid Impact and Effectiveness) | Politics and Governance | Foreign Aid and Climate Change Policy
Journal Special Issue Article (Aid Impact and Effectiveness) | Politics and Governance | The Impact of Foreign Aid on Maternal Mortality
Journal Special Issue Article (Aid Impact and Effectiveness) | Politics and Governance | Effects of Foreign Aid on Income through International Trade
Journal Special Issue Article (Aid Impact and Effectiveness) | Politics and Governance | A Meta-Analysis of Aid Effectiveness
Journal Special Issue Article (Aid Impact and Effectiveness) | Politics and Governance | Aid Impact and Effectiveness
Conflict Research Programme – LSE
A process in its own right: the Syrian Civil Society Support Room by Rim Turkmani and Marika Theros
The Civil Society Support Room (CSSR) was pioneered by the former UN Special Envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura. It was the first formal mechanism that allows Syrian civil society actors to contribute to the UN- led political talks in Geneva. The paper collated survey results, interviews and focus group responses from the participants in the CSSR and provides insight into the value of inclusive civil society mechanisms formally linked to Track One negotiations..
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The winners of this year’s prize are Eve Mackinnon, Luiza C. Campos, Niteen Sawant, Lena Ciric, Priti Parikh, and Kate Bohner for their paper: Exploring exposure risk and safe management of container-based sanitation systems: a case study from Kenya. It will be free to view until July 2020. Find out more about the prize here.
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In the second volume of the Critical Development Studies series, Adam Sneyd calls for a broadening of the narrow vision of politics in global development.
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AID POWER AND POLITICS
EDITED BY ILIANA OLIVIÉ, AITOR PÉREZ
"This book offers a rich analysis of the domestic and international politics of foreign aid in a range of donor countries and several key crosscutting themes. It makes valuable theoretical and empirical contributions. I learned a lot from its historical perspectives and up-to-date examinations of the rapidly changing aid ecosystem." – Stephen Brown, School of Political Science, University of Ottawa, Canada
"[this book fills] a gap in the literature by bringing together an analysis of country and thematic policies and putting them firmly in the broader context of foreign policy and international relations. In the process, it improves our understanding of the politics of aid" – Andy Sumner, King's College London, UK
NEGOTIATING RELIGION AND DEVELOPMENT: IDENTITY CONSTRUCTION AND CONTENTION IN BOLIVIA
BY ARNHILD LEER-HELGESEN
This book argues that relationships between religion and development in faith-based development work are constructed through repeated processes of negotiation. Rather than being a neat and tidy relationship, faith-based development work is complex and multifaceted: an ongoing series of negotiations between theological interpretations and theories of human development; between identities as professional practitioners and as believers; between different religious traditions at local, regional and international levels; and between institutional structures and individual agency. It will be of interest to researchers working in development studies and religious studies, as well as to practitioners and policymakers with an interest in faith-based development work.
This book follows the journeys of those fleeing war, poverty or political crises, risking their lives as they attempt to find sanctuary in Europe. Over the past 25 years, almost 40,000 migrants have been reported missing or died due to drowning or exhaustion on the borders of Europe. Deconstructing preconceptions, changing the way we see others, probing borders and mapping the nexus of control and detention, the collection of articles, maps, photographs and illustrations in this Atlas provide an important critical geography of migration policies. Perfect for journalists, activists, students of geopolitics at school or university, this Atlas seeks, above all, to give migrants a voice.
"Global democratic education is one of the most important tools for advancing global justice. In this important new book, Julian Culp argues against methodological nationalism in education and defends both a cosmopolitan right to democratic education and educational reforms enabling genuinely transnational processes of opinion formation. The book is an exciting invitation to engage with a topic that has been unjustly neglected for a long time." – Lea Ypi, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.