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 OPENS - 7th December 2018
The 2019 conference will take place at The Open University in Milton Keynes on the theme of 'Opening up Development'. The DSA2019 Scientific Committee have made their decisions on all submitted panels and we have notified convenors of their decisions. The Call for Papers opens on 7th December and is open until 16th January 2019. Keep an eye on the conference website for further details. All papers must be submitted to an accepted panel via the website.
DSA2019: Call for Early Career Researcher Plenary Panel
The call for applications for the Early Career Researcher Plenary Panel will open this month. If you are within 5 years since obtaining your PhD you can apply to form part of the ECR plenary panel at the DSA2019 conference. Full funding is provided to those who are selected. Find out all the details via the conference website when the call opens within the next week.
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-ESRC ‘Meeting the Challenges’ workshop series
Our interdisciplinary workshop series has got off to an excellent start, with an event at IDS, Sussex exploring Zoonoses and One Health; and one at Reading University on research ethics in conflict and post-conflict contexts and the latest at GDI, University of Manchester on urban development. The next workshop is at UEA in January 2019. The series brings together researchers, practitioners and policy-makers from the Global North and the Global South to explore how best to respond to the global challenges. Find out more at the webpage. Video and reports from the first three workshops are coming soon..
DSA Dissertation Prize call - deadline 14 December 2018
Last chance for all Development Studies and Economics departments in the UK to submit one MA or MSc dissertation for the annual DSA dissertation prize. Please find all the details here.
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.
Parliament UK news
CALL FOR EVIDENCE: How should the UK cooperate with the EU on international development post-Brexit? The House of Lords EU External Affairs Sub-Committee has launched an inquiry to explore the impact of Brexit on UK and EU aid, the thematic and geographic areas in which the UK and the EU might work together, and how this could work in practice. Anybody with a relevant interest is invited to submit by 10 December 2018. The Sub-Committee will also hold public hearings with evidence from a range of development experts. Its report, with recommendations, will receive a response from Government and be debated in the House.
Commons Foreign Affairs Committee
Committee launch inquiry on Global Britain and South America
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!
DSA2018: Global inequalities - digest
Delegate feedback results online
AGM Minutes & Presidential report online
Global South Delegates meeting minutes online
Plenary videos now online (GDI website)
Certificate of attendance or a payment receipt, these can be downloaded from the conference website by using the login link at the top of the page. Proceed past your personal details and look for the ‘C’ icon beside your registration to download a PDF certificate.
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 Gender & Development Study Group
Call for Contributions: Feminist Values in Research
The November 2019 issue of the journal Gender and Development will focus on Feminist Values in Research. See our Call for Contributions here! Research needs to be rooted in the experience, needs, and interests of the whole of humanity. But down the centuries, educated elites have shaped and dominated research and defined knowledge and learning. Increasingly, international development is acknowledging the gender, race and class bias in research, and the human cost of this.
Feminists in development are exploring and learning from the stories, experiences and priorities of women and LGBTQI+ people, doing research that seeks to end the power imbalances between the researchers and the researched. They’re also doing feminist research with men. This issue explores how feminist values and voices can be embodied and embedded in research in ways that promote social justice and support the realisation of sustainable human development. Feminist researchers are trialling new approaches and sharing knowledge in in policy and practice research as well as academic institutions.
Interested in contributing to the issue? For more information read the full Call. Closing date for ideas is 15 December 2018 – email them to the Editor, Caroline Sweetman, at csweetman(at)oxfam.org.uk. Joining Caroline as Guest Editors for this issue are Lata Narayanaswamy, University of Leeds, and Katy Jenkins, University of Northumbria.
DSA Business and Development Study Group
Winter 2018 Workshop
Wednesday 12th December, 2018 10:00 – 16:30
University of Bath, London facility, 83 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5ES
Partnerships in Practice: Issues of inequality and power – has anything changed?
Call for presentations/papers for the workshop is now CLOSED.
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 Scotland Study Group
DSA Scotland had a very successful one-day mini-conference on 1st June, supported and hosted by the Centre for Development Studies/Adam Smith Business School in the University of Glasgow. A report has already been made available to the DSA Scotland distribution list and to DSA members.
We are now looking for a meeting in around June 2019 (the same time of year as in 2018), and would welcome suggestions concerning locations and subject matter. The format would probably be 'as usual' - i.e. presentations by established researchers, presentations by research students, a keynote address - and maybe another panel discussion. Offers to Mozammel Huq (m.m.huq(at)strath.ac.uk) or Mike Tribe (michael.tribe(at)strath.ac.uk)
The materials from the 1st June DSA Scotland meeting are now available online.
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.
Associate Professor Nikita Sud has won a Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) grant for a project exploring the multiple ways in which people engage with land in India and the possibilities for shared use. Find out more.
Young Lives published a summative report synthesising their research into the role of education in the lives of children growing up in their four study countries – Ethiopia, India (the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana), Peru, and Vietnam – exploring both effectiveness and failings in school systems and links to poverty.
The September issue of Oxford Development Studies included a special section examining horizontal inequality as an outcome of different processes rather than a fixed endowment, and highlighting six sets of factors that help explain variation across countries and over time. Read a blog post about it.
Former Colombian President and Nobel Peace Laureate Juan Manuel Santos began his three-year Visiting Professorship at ODID this month with a Distinguished Public Lecture, in which he shared his experience of negotiating peace and pursuing poverty reduction in Colombia. Watch the video.
The Myth of Self-Reliance: Economic Lives inside a Liberian Refugee Camp by Dr Naohiko Omata was chosen for the GDS Book 2018–2019 Honourable Mention Category by the Global Development Studies (GDS) section of the International Studies Association (ISA). Read more.
The Young Marriage and Parenthood Study (YMAPS) is a new comparative research programme that brings together research from Young Lives (Ethiopia, Peru and the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana) and Child Frontiers (Zambia). Read some reflections on their first year of work and access their first policy brief.
Professor Alexander Betts wrote an article in Foreign Policy about how Kakuma, a refugee camp in Kenya, has found a way to create ‘sustainable settlements that can empower and employ refugees and benefit their host countries at the same time’.
The 2018 ODID Annual Report has now been published, highlighting new research, publications, events, honours and awards, student activities and more. Read it here.
Pritish Behuria in Wall St Journal on Rwanda’s Development with a Dark Side.
Diana Mitlin writes on Water, Language and Inclusion.
Nicola Banks on the need to put youth issues at the centre of policy.
Paolo Novak will deliver two presentations related to his ongoing research project concerned with Asylum seekers' reception in Italy :
- Asylum, History and Histories in Central Italy at the
Historical Materialism Conference, SOAS 8-11 November 2018
- Food and refugee research at the Food Studies Centre, SOAS 14th December 2018
His chapter Borders, Distance, Politics appears in the collection Borderless Worlds for Whom? Ethics Moralities and Mobilities edited by Anssi Paasi, Eeva-Kaisa Prokkola, Jarkko Saarinen, Kaj Zimmerbauer. Paolo also delivered the presentation Neoliberalism, Asylum and the Gattopardo at the Europe after Brexit Conference, SOAS University of London / Department of Economics and School of Law, King’s College London / Department of European and International Studies, 21-22 September 2018.
Guy Standing's invited Tellus essay The Precariat: Today’s Transformative Class? published by Great Transition Initiative sparked debate between academics around the world about the transformative potential of the precariat.
Carlos Oya's systematic review of agricultural certification has been published in World Development and shared through social media. Carlos was interviewed by Alice Evans on the Four Questions podcast about the article. The World Development article derives from the long version of the technical report which was published by Campbell Collaboration library (main repository of rigorous systematic reviews). See social media reactions here and here.
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
Open University to co-host Pan-Commonwealth Forum 2019
The Open University (OU) will co-host the ninth Pan-Commonwealth Forum (PCF9) on Open Learning with the Commonwealth of Learning (COL).
Taking place 9-12 September 2019, the Forum will be held at the historic Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland. Read more…
Designing online courses for refugees
The Open University’s MOOC platform, Futurelearn, is part of the Partnership for Digital Learning and Increased Access (PADILEIA), a consortium led by Kings College to increase access to higher education and improve the career prospects of young adults across Syria, Jordan and Lebanon. Read more…How a force for good is tackling poverty
A blog by Jonquil Lowe, Senior Lecturer in Economics and Personal Finance, in which she talks about a recent workshop by the Finance Innovation Lab to discuss ideas to tackle the poverty premium. Read more…
Sharing ideas about inclusive innovation policy
Professor Theo Papaioannou, DPP and Director of Innogen Institute, participated in a roundtable/steering meeting on ‘Inclusive Innovation Policy’ after accepting an invitation from Nesta. The meeting brought together a small group of expert policymakers, practitioners and researchers from across the UK, working on inclusive innovation policy to share ideas about how to take this agenda forwards.
Innogen research contributes to UK plans for future governance of innovation
Professor Joyce Tait, Co-Director of the Innogen Institute – a collaboration between the OU and Edinburgh University– contributes to a letter that highlights to Government the opportunity to develop further its approach to regulation of, and investment in, innovative technologies.
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”.
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.
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
GDI - Global Development Institute
Applications are open for Masters courses at the GDI.
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
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!
OUR MASTERS DEGREES
MA in Advanced Practice in Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution
MSc in Economics and Finance for Development
MA in International Development Management
MA in International Relations and Security Studies
MA in Peace, Conflict and Development
MA in Peace, Resilience and Social Justice
MSc Project Planning and Management
MSc Sustainable Development
If you are interesting in pursuing doctoral research in the area of peace studies and international development, please get in contact with us directly.
Research Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University
The MSc Agroecology, Water and Food Sovereignty is a transdisciplinary course addressing current issues related to food systems, management of natural resources, climate change, and building just and resilient societies. It is a unique approach to finding sustainable solutions where conventional approaches are failing, in that it goes beyond the issue of access to natural resources, food and water, and addresses their governance locally, nationally and at a global scale.
This course is designed for students from a wide range of disciplines that include physical and natural sciences, geography, social sciences and humanities, economics, and political sciences. It is designed and delivered at the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) which is the largest centre in the world doing transdisciplinary research in these areas.
Analysis for Impact Evaluation
7 to 11 January 2019
Gain the skills and knowledge to more effectively design impact evaluations using a contribution analysis framing.
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.
Food is a cross-cutting development issue that concerns hunger, food insecurity, malnutrition, environment sustainability, power politics, social justice and cultural identity. It is about the global and the local and the hard trade-offs that the globalisation era has brought about.
This MA draws on wide-ranging expertise of faculty at both IDS and School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex (where you will be based). You will gain an advanced understanding of the complex relationship between food and development.
Apply to one of IDS’ postgraduate degrees in international development. The University of Sussex is currently ranked first in the world for development studies. The QS World Ranking reflects the strong reputation and quality of research and course offerings across campus, including by IDS. Our courses are:
• International Development PhD by Research
• MA Development Studies
• MA Food and Development
• MA Gender and Development
• MA Globalisation, Business and Development
• MA Governance, Development and Public Policy
• MA Participation, Power and Social Change
• MA Poverty and Development
• MSc Climate Change, Development and Policy
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
The case for operationalizing the financialization of the non-financial corporation (NFC): some suggestions (part of the Open University International Development Seminar Series)
12 December, 12:00-14:00, venue TBC
Since the 2008 financial crisis, financialization has become widely discussed as a topic, but often with little clarity regarding its nature. Compounding this problem of definition, financialization is discussed at many levels of analysis from the macro-economic, down to that of the individual person. This event will discuss these topics, presented by Pauline Gleadle, Emeritus Professor at the University of Westminster and Visiting Professor at The Open University (FASS). Read more…
London International Development Centre, LIDC
LIDC Development Debate
Lucy Lamble, Executive Editor, Global Development, The Guardian
6-8pm, 11th December
On 11th December, LIDC will hold an interactive debate that explores whether #MeToo has really taken off in international development, which will be chaired by Lucy Lamble, Executive Editor of Global Development at The Guardian. Speakers include Frances Longley, CEO Amref Health Africa UK and co-chair of the UK NGO sector working group on Leadership and Culture for Safeguarding, Sarah Maguire, Director, Technical Services, Governance, DAI, Shaista Aziz, NGO Safe Space, Deniz Kandiyoti, Emeritus Professor, SOAS University of London, and Meghna Ranganathan, Assistant Professor, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. To register for tickets, please visit this website.
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
If Labour was elected to government in the next General Election, could it adopt a policy of basic income, and with which results? In this workshop, Guy Standing will present the reasons for the need for a basic income in Britain and consider the optimum way of paying for it, before outlining his proposals on how it should be piloted, drawing on his experience on doing so elsewhere. This new report on piloting basic income in Britain is the result of the author’s engagement with the socio-economic agenda of the Labour Party under the guidance of Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell.
Asylum seekers' reception in Italy: Food and refugee research at the Food Studies Centre, SOAS 14th December 2018
Paolo Novak will deliver present findings related to his ongoing research project.
IDD, University of Birmingham
‘Foreign Aid Donors and Human Rights in the Global South’
British Academy-supported Conference
Wednesday 12th December 10.00-17.00
The University of Birmingham
The conference will bring together academics, policymakers, and practitioners interested in how aid donors engage with human rights in developing countries. See here for more information.
DPP, The Open University
ESRC-fully-funded doctoral studentships available at The Open University
The Open University invites applications for full-time and part-time studentships in its suite of pathways within The Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership. Pathways include: citizenship, development policy and practice, geography, innovation in learning, and health and wellbeing. Deadline: 11 January, 2019. More information….
Global Development Institute (GDI)
The University of Manchester is offering Simon and Hallsworth Fellowships for early-career researchers with a doctoral degree.
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.
ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize
The Celebrating Impact Prize is ESRC’s annual opportunity to recognise and reward ESRC-funded researchers who’ve created or enabled outstanding impact from social science research. We celebrate researchers at all career stages whose actions have supported changes in practice, thinking or capacity that create a positive impact in our society, economy and in our lives, in the UK and internationally.
The 2019 Prize is now open to applications – the deadline is 16:00 Tuesday 8 January 2019. The Prize is open to current and previous ESRC-supported researchers, including doctoral students, and there are six Prize categories: Outstanding Business and Enterprise Impact; Outstanding Public Policy Impact; Outstanding Societal Impact; Outstanding International Impact; Outstanding Early Career Impact; Impact Champion. All finalists have a film professionally made about their work and its impact, and winners are awarded £10,000 to spend on further knowledge exchange, public engagement or other impact related activities.
Full details about the Prize and the 2019 competition are available here and you can contact the Prize team at impact(at)esrc.ukri.org
Global Development Institute (GDI)
Bina Agarwal and Bruno Dorin: “Group farming in France: Why do some regions have more cooperative ventures than others?” in Environment and Planning A, (open access)
Richard Heeks: Critical realism and ICT4D
Basma Albanna and Richard Heeks: Positive deviance, big data, and development: A systematic literature review
Oxford Department of International Development (ODID)
Wei Fan and Catherine Porter (2018) ‘Reinforcement or Compensation? Parental Responses to Children’s Revealed Human Capital Levels in Ethiopia’, Young Lives Working Paper No 183
John Gledhill (2018) 'Disaggregating Opportunities: Opportunity Structures and Organisational Resources in the Study of Armed Conflict', Civil Wars, DOI: 10.1080/13698249.2018.1525676
John Gledhill, Richard Dolan and Jeremy Snyder (2018) 'Availability without access? Globalization and socio-political cleavages in emerging economies', Globalizations, DOI: 10.1080/14747731.2018.1529523
Nandini Gooptu and Rangan Chakravarty (2018) 'Skill, Work and Gendered Identity in Contemporary India: The Business of Delivering Home-Cooked Food for Domestic Consumption', Journal of South Asian Development, DOI: 10.1177%2F0973174118804448
Susanne Jaspars, Tom Scott-Smith and Elizabeth Hull (2018) ‘Contested evolution of nutrition for humanitarian and development ends’, RSC Working Paper No 125
David Keen and Ruben Andersson (2018) 'Double games: Success, failure and the relocation of risk in fighting terror, drugs and migration', Political Geography, DOI: 10.1016/j.polgeo.2018.09.008
Emre Eren Korkmaz (2018) ‘How do Turkey-origin immigrant workers in Germany represent themselves through trade unions and works councils?’, Economic and Industrial Democracy, DOI: 10.1177/0143831X18805852
Ilan Manor and Rhys Crilley (2018) ‘Visually framing the Gaza War of 2014: The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Twitter’, Media War and Conflict, DOI: 10.1177/1750635218780564
Juliana Martínez Franzoni and Diego Sánchez‐Ancochea (2018) 'Undoing segmentation? Latin American health care policy during the economic boom', Social Policy and Administration, DOI: 10.1111/spol.12434
Julia Muller (2018) ‘Negotiating place, culture and new Dutch identities’, RSC Working Paper No 126
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
Luciano Ciravegna won the Journal of Management History Award for Best International Paper, issued at the Academy of Management Conference, Chicago, 2018, for the paper 'The paradox of family firm longevity: 700 years of Frescobaldi', co-authored with Liena Kano and Francesco Rattalino. The paper discusses the mechanisms that some of the oldest businesses in the world develop to economize on institutional uncertainty.
Alice Evans’s paper, 'Politicising Inequality: The Power of Ideas' is now out in World Development. It explores why income inequality has fallen in Latin America. It draws attention to social movements, and how they can galvanise political change.
As an alternative to the paper, Watch Alice Evans’s World Bank lecture.
Ed Gómez has published a new article, “Political Party Ambitions and Type-2 Diabetes Policy in Brazil and Mexico,” Health Economics, Policy & Law. This paper provides an alternative political science approach for explaining variation in diabetes self-care management policies in Brazil and Mexico.
Sanchari Roy’s paper 'Hidden Human Capital: Self-efficacy, Aspirations and Achievements of Adolescent and Young Women in India' (co-authored with Matthew Morton and Shrayana Bhattacharya) has been published in World Development. This paper finds that self-efficacy is positively correlated with educational and employment aspirations of young women in Jharkhand, India and ultimately, with their actual attainments.
Jelke Boesten’s paper 'Of Exceptions and Continuities. Theory and Methodology in Research on Conflict-Related Sexual Violence' came out in International Feminist Journal of Politics 19 (4) 506-519. The paper discusses some of the tensions in current research on conflict related sexual violence, in particular around quantitative and qualitative methodologies.
Robyn Klingler-Vidra has a new book out, The Venture Capital State: The Silicon Valley Model in East Asia. The book explores the diffusion of the Silicon Valley policy environment to the East Asian economies of Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.
Lisa Kingstone has a new book out: Fading Out Black and White: Racial Ambiguity in American Culture. Through readings of sites of cultural friction such as the media frenzy around ‘transracial’ Rachel Dolezal, the debate over Obama’s race, and focus groups of black, white and mixed race Americans, this book argues that until we expose these categories as stories constructed for exploitation, we can’t make sustainable change.
Jan Knoerich, together with Ramon Pacheco Pardo and Yuanfang Li, recently published 'The Role of London and Frankfurt in Supporting the Internationalisation of the Chinese Renminbi' in New Political Economy. By analyzing the Remminbi Centres in London and Frankfurt, the paper examines why foreign countries support the internationalization of the Chinese currency.
Ye Liu’s article entitled ‘Choices, Risks and Rational Conformity’ has been published by Higher Education. This paper challenges rational choice theory and calls for integrating risk assessment into cultural and social capital to understand how students from different social origins make choices about university in China. Drawing on 71 in-depth semi-structured interviews with undergraduates from different social backgrounds, this paper provides new evidence on a pattern of class-bound conformity. When hope and chance clash, students from working-class or agricultural families reduce to internalise their socioeconomic or geographical disadvantages, come to terms with a lack of equal opportunities in a seemingly meritocratic quota system.
Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations Coventry University
Northey, JA, (2018), Civil Society in Algeria: Activism, Identity and the Democratic Process (London, I.B.Tauris)
Civil Society in Algeria examines new and emerging forms of engagement and scrutinises the role associations play in promoting political reform and democratisation in Algeria. Based on extensive fieldwork undertaken both before and after the Arab Spring, Northey shows how associations in Algeria are playing an increasingly important role in the stability and future peaceful relations of the Middle East and North Africa. This book reveals new forms of activism that are challenging the ever-powerful state.
DSA members – Pia Jolliffe
Prisons and Forced Labour in Japan The Colonization of Hokkaido,
Pia Maria Jolliffe, Nissan Institute, University of Oxford
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Brighton & Sussex Medical School
Call for papers: Vivir Bien/ Buen Vivir and post-neoliberal development paths in Latin America: Scope, strategies and the realities of implementation
(Issue Editors: Kepa Artaraz; Melania Calestani; Mei L. Trueba). For more information please contact Mei Trueba (m.trueba(at)bsms.ac.uk ) or visit the LAP website.
European Journal of Development Research
European Association of Development and Training Institutes (EADI)
Early Career Researchers initiative
This aims at helping eligible researchers in their first approaches to academic publication
Call, recently renewed, for studies/papers in Impact Evaluation.
Practical Action Publishing
• The humanitarian stanards set out in the Sphere Handbook champions people's right to assistance, to life with dignity, to protection & security, and the right of communities to fully participate in their own recovery.
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Our research on inclusive sanitation has been cited by the World Health Organisation
Transgender people in South Asia face inclusivity issues including access to toilets, transphobia and lack of funding for WASH projects.
Our research is cited by the World Health Organisation Guidelines on Sanitation and Health aiming to change that.
Amazon Besieged – just published!
In its pages, the excluded voices of the communities living on the Amazonian frontier tell their story. Don’t miss this absorbing, page-turner narrative from two eminent journalists.
NEW JOURNAL ISSUE
New issue of Food Chain is out now! Read it here.
In this issue: experiences of participatory market system development approach in Bangladesh, exploring green food value chains from the perspective of the field practitioners, and women’s roles in agriculture technology adoption.
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Last chance to explore the 2018 sample issues from Wiley’s development studies journals. Each full issue is available to read and download for free until the end of December, including Development and Change, International Migration, Development Policy Review and more. Just click ‘Browse free sample issue’ on the right hand side of the journal homepage on Wiley Online Library.
Oxford University Press (OUP)
New titles from OUP
Climate Justice: Integrating Economics and Philosophy
Edited by Ravi Kanbur and Henry Shue
Towards Gender Equity in Development
Edited by Siwan Anderson, Lori Beaman, and Jean-Philippe Platteau
The Tunisian Labor Market in an Era of Transition
Edited by Ragui Assaad and Mongi Boughzala
The Power of Your Life: The Sanlam Century of Insurance Empowerment, 1918-2018
Industries without Smokestacks: Industrialization in Africa Reconsidered
Edited by Richard Newfarmer, John Page and Finn Tarp
Employment and Development: How Work Can Lead From and Into Poverty
Gary S. Fields and Janneke Pieters
The Rent Curse: Natural Resources, Policy Choice, and Economic Development
Richard M Auty and Haydn I Furlonge
The Global Rise of Social Cash Transfers: How States and International Organizations Constructed a New Instrument for Combating Poverty
Routledge & DSA affiliate program
Meanwhile, there’s a bumper crop of exciting brand-new publications for you to check out this month- click on the links to find out more:
CRISIS MANAGEMENT BEYOND THE HUMANITARIAN-DEVELOPMENT NEXUS
EDITED BY ATSUSHI HANATANI, OSCAR A. GÓMEZ, CHIGUMI KAWAGUCHI
“an ambitious and honest effort to address and deconstruct the on-going dilemma of responding to one crisis after the other in increasingly complex environments. […] It is recommended reading for practitioners and scholars.” — Margareta Wahlstrom, President of Swedish Red Cross and former Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction
“An important contribution to current global conversations around crisis prevention and sustaining peace. Through detailed case studies from some of the most difficult conflict and disasters of the past 30 years, this book brings new analysis to the dilemmas around linking emergency response and long-term development that have eluded the aid sector for decades.” — Christina Bennett, Humanitarian Policy Group, Overseas Development Institute, UK
“By deftly constructing an ethnography of return, Adele Galipo transcends the bland migration-development nexus and reinvigorates the transnationalism and diaspora discourse by showing how return plays into challenges of globalisation, identity and transnational power.” — Nicholas Van Hear, Deputy Director, Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford, UK
“This book is inspiring way beyond the specific context of Somaliland and advances our thinking about current dynamics of migration.” — Markus Virgil Hoehne, University of Leipzig, Germany
ENGENDERING TRANSFORMATIVE CHANGE IN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BY GILLIAN FLETCHER
“This important book is essential reading for all who would like to see a shift from instrumentalising women in the service of neoliberal development to transformative social change that tackles entrenched inequalities and challenges discrimination on the basis of gender.” — Andrea Cornwall, Head of the School of Global Studies, University of Sussex, UK
“This is no ordinary book about gender but a salutary and timely shock to past and much present thinking and practice in development, gender-related or not. […] a must read for all development professionals, whether activist or academic, national or international, or working in Civil Society or government.” — Robert Chambers, Research Associate, Institute of Development Studies, UK
VALUING DEVELOPMENT, ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION:CREATING VALUES THAT MATTER
EDITED BY SARAH BRACKING, AURORA FREDRIKSEN, SIAN SULLIVAN, PHILIP WOODHOUSE
Policy-makers are increasingly trying to assign economic values to areas such as ecologies, the atmosphere, even human lives. These new values, assigned to areas previously considered outside of economic systems, often act to qualify, alter or replace former non-pecuniary values. Valuing Development, Environment and Conservation looks to explore the complex interdependencies, contradictions and trade-offs that can take place between economic values and the social, environmental, political and ethical systems that inform non-monetary valuation processes.
KOSOVO AND THE COLLATERAL EFFECTS OF HUMANITARIAN INTERVENTION
BY JAUME CASTAN PINOS
“An artful blend of regional expertise and political theory, Castan Pinos’s latest book is a must-read for those interested in how geopolitics actually works." — Steven M. Radil, Department of Geography, University of Idaho, USA
“a timely and important examination into the ad hoc approaches to conflict resolution to one of the last open-ended conflicts in the Balkans." — Michael Rossi, Lecturer, Department of Politics, Rutgers University, USA.