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.
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.
Thank you to all who came to our 2019 conference. The conference was hosted at the Open University in Milton Keynes with the theme of “Opening up Development”. Our aim was to draw attention to shifts in the global political economy; new forms of development intervention and activism; and the call to ‘de-colonise’ the teaching and learning of development studies. Over 400 participants from the Development Studies community attended for three days of panels, workshops, keynotes, study group meetings and social events. Please see the Conference page for the full programme, and visit the OU website to watch the keynotes and Early Career Researcher plenary. We will be circulating an online survey to gather feedback on the conference to all who attended, so look out for that. If you need a certificate of participation, you can find the link to access these online on the conference website.
Congratulations to Rama Dieng (University of Edinburgh) who was elected to serve her first term on Council. PB Anand (University of Bradford) was re-elected to serve for another term. Uma Kambhampati (University of Reading) was elected as the new DSA Honorary Secretary taking over from Laura Hammond (SOAS) who remains on Council. See everyone on Council here.
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.
Tanja Bastia and Oliver Bakewell were in Accra, Ghana 11th-15th February to participate at the inception workshop of the newly-funded UKRI GCRF South-South migration, inequality and development Hub.
Tanja Bastia has taken up a Leverhulme Fellowship as of 1st February for 16 months to research ageing and migration in Bolivia,
How have Social Assistance programmes changed over the last 20 years and how will they develop over the next 10 years? We interview Prof Armando Barrientos
The “global Britain” report: rule-breaking in foreign aid will not strengthen UK soft power writes researchers from GDI and the German Development Institute.
Bangladesh is booming, but authoritarianism could burst its bubble according to Antonio Savoia.
How Africa can catch up with the world in the fight against poverty
Slum dwells may have lived in their communities for 40 years - so they shouldn't be treated as transient places argues Prof Diana Mitlin in this BBC_Future article.
The US is increasingly trying to contain China’s growing influence in Africa. Seth Schindler explains how in Discover Society.
Alessandra Mezzadri was a discussant at a one day workshop on Revisiting the 'Mode of Production': Enduring Controversies over Labour, Exploitation and Historiographies of Capitalism at Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice (CSSGJ) at the University of Nottingham, 1st July 2019.
Alessandra Mezzadri also took part in a workshop on Social Reproduction Within and Beyond Production at Queen Mary University of London on the 26th June and in the Telegraph Responsible Fashion Forum on the 18th June.
Mark McQuinn convened a panel at the European Conference on African Studies (ECAS 2019) at the University of Edinburgh (June 11th -14th )
The title of the panel was Innovation or Irrelevance? An Analysis of New Strategies being Used by African Trade Unions to Defend the Interests of Labour. The panel focused on innovative strategies being used by African trade unions, countering overly pessimistic narratives, which argue that labour organisations lack agency and capacity in defending workers n the continent. The panel contained two presentations by SOAS researchers: Mark McQuinn presented on the use of financial investments a case study from Sierra. Prince Asafu-Adjaye presented aspects of his doctoral research on trade union responses to neoliberalism in Ghana. The papers presented at the panel are being edited for submission to a labour journal as a special edition.
Marc DuBois took part in a panel discussion on Disrupting the Humanitarian Enterprise, held at Chatham House on the 18th June 2019.
LSE-Stanford-Uniandes Conference 2019
The Department of Economics at the Universidad de los Andes hosted the third annual Uniandes-LSE-Stanford conference on long-run development on 30-31 May 2019.
The multi-disciplinary event was hosted by Universidad de los Andes to probe the institutional, political, and economic drivers of long-run development. Most papers focuses on Latin America, but with important comparative research from Africa and Asia.
Conference organisers: María del Pilar López-Uribe (LSE & Los Andes), Jean-Paul Faguet (LSE), Alberto Díaz-Cayeros (Stanford) and Fabio Sanchez Torres (Uniandes).
Max Gallien on the role of the state in North Africa's smuggling economies
PhD candidate, Max Gallien, summaries a recent paper in an article published by the Washington Post in which he shows that most smuggling in North Africa is indirectly regulated by the region’s states.
Max Gallien's research specialises in the political economy of informal and illegal economies.
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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.
IDS Director calls out unfair and damaging visa system
Are Smart Cities like mangoes?
Jaideep Gupte and Kunal Kumar.
CIDT joins UN working group on sustainable forest management, production and trade
Dr Aurelian Mbzibain participated in the first meeting of this technical working group in Rome. The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN (FAO) group convened 20 international experts to discuss, agree and refine guiding legal elements in relation to sustainable forest management, production and trade.
Read more here .
CV4C Project: Civil society organisations equipped for better gender mainstreaming in project cycles
A training workshop took place in Yaoundé for CV4C implementing partners, as well as the civil society platforms that they support. Participants were introduced them to tools that enable accounting for gender around the project cycle. The training allowed learners to change their thinking around gender issues. Participants also took the opportunity to express their solidarity with the UN Women’s #HeForShe movement for equality between men and women.
Full details available here
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 advance 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.
Danielle Beswick published a blog post for the Universities Policy Engagement Network titled 'What academics really think about policy engagement', which draws on a survey undertaken under her parliamentary academic fellowship with the House of Commons Select Committee on International Development.
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.
Global Development Institute (GDI)
FLAGSHIP INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE – From Politics to Power? Rethinking the Politics of Development | 9 – 11 September 2019 Manchester, UK
The Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre (ESID) has been developing expertise in the politics of development on a global scale since 2011. This flagship conference will bring together world leading experts to showcase ESID’s findings and set out future research agendas in the field.
World leading speakers include:
Harvard’s Lant Pritchett, Chicago’s James Robinson and New York’s Anne Marie Goetz.
Panels include: Rethinking state capacity, the politics of growth, the politics of social provisioning and thinking and working politically.
United Nations University UNU-WIDER
WIDER Development Conference | Transforming economies – for better jobs | 11-13 September, Bangkok, Thailand’
Policy event | Changing technologies and the jobs of tomorrow | 14 September, Bangkok Thailand.
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
New course: Civil Society: Representation, Activism and Influence
CIDT are offering a new five day 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.
Find out more here.
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.
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.
IDS, University of Sussex
Thursday 25 July at 10:00 to 11:30.
Evidence into Policy and Practice Series
How can NGOs and civil society organisations enhance their production and use of research?
Ruth Mayne, Oxfam’s Senior Researcher on Influencing and its Effectiveness.
Jude Fransman, research fellow at the Open University and co-convenor of the Rethinking Research Collaborative.
Elena Schmidt, Director of programme development, evidence and research at Sightsavers.
International Development Institute King’s College London
Social science perspectives on the healthcare policy challenges in the emerging economies
28 October 2019
Seeking to unpack and critique the dominant policy paradigm and ongoing healthcare policy challenges in the emerging economies, the Department of International Development at King’s College London and the Social Policy Forum Research Centre at Bogazici University are hosting a one-day workshop in London. Researchers interested in the critical application of social science perspectives to the study of healthcare in emerging economies are invited to submit an application to participate. Further information on research themes and on the application process is available here.
Department of Development Studies and the Department of Economics, SOAS
Development and Conflict Summer School 22 July – 9 August
We are running a Summer School that examines how conflict and development interact. It is led by Dr Zoë Marriage, convenor of the MSc Violence, Conflict and Development. Questions of measuring, analysing and presenting issues of violent conflict and security will be enhanced by practical skills sessions in journalism, Dr Maya Goodfellow, and documentary film making. There will be study trips to Amnesty International and the Imperial War Museum.
DPP, The Open University
Pan-Commonwealth Forum 2019 on Open Learning
9-12 September, Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
Co-hosted by The Open University and the Commonwealth of Learning. Read more…
31st Annual EAEPE Conference
12-15 September, SGH Warsaw School of Economics, Poland
Keynote speech by Smita Srinivas, Visiting Professor in The School of Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography. Read more…
Dept of International Development London School of Economics
Join the team - LSE Fellow in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies
We are looking for an early-career scholar to join the teaching team as an LSE Fellow in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies. The appointed candidate will contribute to the intellectual life of the School through conducting and publishing outstanding quality research, engaging in high quality teaching as instructed by the Head of Department, and participating in the School and wider Department activities.
Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich
Under its Food and Nutrition Security Initiative (FaNSI – see item under Premium Members’ News above), NRI will be recruiting in the near future for several new posts that may be of interest to DSA members. These are likely to include (final titles subject to modification)::
- 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 Psychology for Nutrition
- Senior Fellow in Food Systems Economics
- Senior Fellow in Climate Change and Rural Institutions
- Senior Fellow in Statistical Analysis of Mega-Data
- Senior Fellow in Climate Vulnerability and State Fragility
- Fellow in Digital Business
- Fellow in Gender/Diversity in Food Systems
- Fellow in Public Health Nutrition
Anyone interested in any of these, or other FaNSI posts in agricultural, food and environmental science, is invited to keep an eye on the FaNSI Employment Opportunities webpage.
International Development Department University of Birmingham
Lecturer in Gender and Development
Deadline 24 July 2019
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 research proposals | Regional growth and development for Southern Africa’s prosperity | Submissions deadline 7 July
Request for research proposals | Transforming informal work and livelihoods | Submissions deadline 15 July
Request for research proposals | Enterprise development for job creation and growth | Submissions deadline 15 July
Request for research proposals | Supporting development policies towards sustainable livelihoods, industrialization and resource mobilization in Tanzania | Submissions deadline 31 July
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)
NEW PUBLICATIONS – A new series of working papers is out now from a project on pockets of effectiveness at The University of Manchester. Pockets of effectiveness (PoEs) are public organisations that function effectively in providing public goods and services, despite operating in an environment where effective public service delivery is not the norm. This project, which investigates PoEs in relation to the politics of state-building and regime survival in sub-Saharan Africa, is being led by Professor Sam Hickey, based at the Global Development Institute, The University of Manchester, in collaboration with Professor Giles Mohan (The Open University), Dr Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai (University of Ghana), Dr Badru Bukenya (Makerere University), Dr Benjamin Chemouni (University of Cambridge), Dr Marja Hinfelaar (SAIPAR, Lusaka) and Dr Matt Tyce (GDI, Manchester).
Download the working papers
Oxford Department of International Development (ODID)
Kristine Briones and Catherine Porter (2019) How does teenage marriage and motherhood affect the lives of young women in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam? Young Lives Working Paper No 186.
Gina Crivello and Virginia Morrow (2019) ‘Against the Odds: Why Some Children Fare Well in the Face of Adversity’ The Journal of Development Studies.
Geoff Goodwin (2019) ‘The problem and promise of coproduction: Politics, history, and autonomy’ World Development.
Rebecca Buxton (2019) Are Reparations Owed to People Displaced by Climate Change? Rethinking Refuge.
Development Planning Unit (DPU) University College London
Knowledge translation in global urban agendas: A history of research-practice encounters in the Habitat conferences
By Camila Cociña, Alexandre Apsan Frediani, Michele Acuto, Caren Levy
KNOW Working Paper - No. 2
Translating knowledge for urban equality: alternative geographies for encounters between planning and research practice
By: Alexandre Apsan Frediani, Camila Cociña, Michele Acuto
KNOW Working Paper - No. 1
Knowledge co-production for urban equality
By Emmanuel Osuteye, Catalina Ortiz, Barbara Lipietz, Vanesa Castán Broto, Cassidy Johnson, Wilbard Kombe
Handbook of Global Urban Health
Edited by: Igor Vojnovic, Amber L. Pearson, Gershim Asiki, Geoff DeVerteuil, Adriana Allen
Housing, displacement and the elderly: intersectional spatial narratives from Tareek el Jdeede, Beirut
By Monica Basbous, Nadine Bekdache and Camillo Boano.
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
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
Marc DuBois has published a blog post entitled 'Humanitarian Action: The need to scale back, not up' on the International Committee of the Red Cross' Humanitarian Law and Policy blog
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.
IDS, University of Sussex
IDS Bulletin Vol 50 No. 1
Exploring Research-Policy Partnerships in International Development
Edited by James Georgalakis and Pauline Rose
Malawi Shock-Responsive Social Protection (SRSP) Case Study
IDS Working Paper 528
Daniel Longhurst and Rachel Sabates-Wheeler
International Development Department University of Birmingham
Dasandi, N., E. Laws, H. Marquette and M. Robinson. 2019. What Does the Evidence Tell Us about ‘Thinking and Working Politically’ in Development Assistance? Politics and Governance 7(2): 155-168.
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 | The vital role of aid in development
Blog | Poverty measurements for policy makers
Blog | Moving out of identity silos and into intersectionality
In the media | India’s elections and the economic impact of Modi’s first term
International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University
Blog post in series blISS: The ISS Blog on Global Development and Social Justice:
Do I exist”? Miktivism for Land Rights and Identity in Ethiopia
Miktivism—the use of music for the purposes of activism and social change—has become a popular strategy of resistance among Ethiopian youth. Read more.
Centre for Development Studies (CDS) University of Bath
Dinerstein Ana C (2018) ‘La teoría de la revolución intersticial de John Holloway’, Constelaciones. Revista de Teoría Crítica, Madrid, Vol. 10: 275-301
Radley,B. (2019). The End of the African Mining Enclave? Domestic Marginalization and Labour fragmentation in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Development and Change.
Boydell & Bower
Boydell & Bower offer Development Studies Association members a 25% discount on all African Studies titles that we publish. The code to use is: BB700.
Practical Action Publishing
DSA2019 Conference Opening up Development
The Open University, Milton Keynes, 19-21 June
We had a fantastic time exhibiting our book and journals collections in Milton Keynes!
If you didn’t make the conference, or if you haven’t yet got round to buying your favourite books, you can still use your special conference discount online.
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We are delighted to announce that Practical Action Publishing has taken on Health Books International, continuing their great work sourcing, producing and distributing practical and accessible health books, CDs, DVDs, accessories and downloads designed for use in developing countries where resources are limited.
Our aim is to put affordable knowledge into the hands of people who need it most, whatever their location, in a language and format that suits them best, and we are delighted to welcome this important collection to our list.
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The editors of Waterlines have outlined priority areas for submissions for future issues:
• Planning and resourcing WASH services
• New development paradigms and WASH
In addition to these areas, we continue to accept papers from across the full spectrum of water supply, sanitation (including waste management) and hygiene issues for practitioners and researchers focused on low- and middle-income countries.
Papers are accepted in two formats: full research papers and shorter practice papers. More details are on the website
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. This rigorous article is highly relevant to WASH sector policy and practice in low- and middle-income countries, and is very much in line with Jeroen’s research interests - for research as a means to promote better practice rather than solely as an end in itself. Waterlines believes that the prize-winning paper will contribute to that goal.
‘An extremely interesting and timely book, given the pressing need to ensure the realisation of substantive gender equality as a cornerstone of social justice and sustainable development. Drawing on diverse examples from initiatives around the world, the book highlights both the potential for and importance, or indeed necessity, of involving men and boys, alongside women and girls, in addressing gender inequalities and promoting and ultimately achieving gender equality, for the good of all.’ Helen Longlands, UCL Centre for Education and International Development (CEID)
'Written by an internationally acclaimed scholar of globalization, Counterrevolution is a must-read for all the democrats of the world.’ Boaventura de Sousa Santos, University of Wisconsin-Madison
'A tour de force, required reading for all concerned about our political fate wherever we may be.’ Michael Burawoy, University of California at Berkeley
‘An essential resource for everyone trying to make sense of contemporary political distress.’ Peter Evans, Brown University
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.
How can we better understand the politics dominating the lives of people across the world? Can political analysis help us to expedite inclusive change and solve today's most intractable development challenges?
Read the latest review of this book by LSE Reviews
'The QuIP offers a simple, transparent method to deliver timely, cost-effective and credible causal attributions.' Nancy Cartwright, UCSD and Durham University
Putting respondents' voices at the heart of evaluation
How do you know whether, or how, you contributed to an observed social change? The Qualitative Impact Protocol (QuIP) is a flexible set of guidelines for collecting, analysing and sharing feedback
from intended beneficiaries about significant drivers of change in their lives. Using respondents’ own testimonies, this non-experimental, goal free method challenges approaches to sampling, tackles bias in data collection, adds rigour to the analysis of qualitative data, and encourages real engagement with findings. This essential book includes comprehensive ‘how to’ QuIP guidelines, and detailed case studies from seven countries.
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Occupying Schools, Occupying Land: How the Landless Workers' Movement Transformed Brazilian Education
By Rebecca Tarlau (9780190870324)
"This is a brilliant book by a brilliant young scholar. It is one of the finest studies available on the Brazilian Landless Movement (the MST), perfectly balancing rigorous comparative institutional analysis with an activist's appreciation for social justice and an ethnographer's attention to detail. Tarlau captures nicely the complexity of the political landscape in Brazil, and she makes a compelling argument for the underappreciated role that education can play in institutionalizing social mobilization" - Wendy Wolford, Cornell University
Modernizing VATs in Africa
By Sijbren Cnossen (9780198844075)
"In a time of ever more pressing domestic revenue needs in Africa, this rich and accessible book provides an extremely valuable and timely contribution to understanding the key challenges and opportunities of VAT. As one of the world's leading experts, Cnossen convincingly and clearly describes how progress can and should be made, building on sound principles, a wealth of data analytics, and deep knowledge of best VAT practices in Africa. A must-read for everyone involved in the UN Sustainable Development Goals." - Ruud de Mooij, Chief, Tax Policy, Fiscal Affairs Department, International Monetary Fund
Free Trade and Prosperity: How Openness Helps the Developing Countries Grow Richer and Combat Poverty
By Arvind Panagariya (9780190914493)
"As protectionism is becoming fashionable again, the battles that were waged successfully by free traders against the protectionists of yesterday must be fought again. Panagariya's brilliant book does precisely that. It shows up the intellectual bankruptcy of the new protectionists' myriad assaults on free trade, using impeccable logic and convincing evidence. It is a tour d'horizon and a tour de force." - Jagdish Bhagwati, author of In Defense of Globalization
The Origins of Unfairness: Social Categories and Cultural Evolution
By Cailin O'Connor (9780198789970)
A ground-breaking work which reveals how human interaction leads to unfairness
Illuminates the role of social categories including gender, race, and religion
Uses game theory to show the workings of cultural evolution within groups
Written for non-specialists without any technical background
Elucidates a variety of topics from gender differences to minority disadvantage
Presents important lessons for social justice.
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Meanwhile, several exciting new publications hot off the press to share with you this month:
THE POWER OF CIVIL SOCIETY IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA: PEACE-BUILDING, CHANGE, AND DEVELOPMENT
EDITED BY IBRAHIM NATIL, CHIARA PIEROBON, LILIAN TAUBER
"At a time of tumult in much of the Middle East and North Africa this thoroughly and expertly researched book guides us through the positive role which vibrant civil societies in the region can and are playing. This is essential reading for students and others interested in the region’s development." — Pádraig Carmody, Head of Geography, Trinity College Dublin and Chairperson, Development Studies Association, Ireland
"This book makes an important contribution to the literature on civil society. It is a testimony to the multiple forms this can take and the diversity of civil society experience across this region." — Susannah Pickering-Saqqa, Senior Lecturer in International Development and NGO Management, University of East London, UK
REFUGEES, MIGRATION AND GLOBAL GOVERNANCE: NEGOTIATING THE GLOBAL COMPACTS
BY ELIZABETH G. FERRIS, KATHARINE M. DONATO
"This thoughtful and carefully-researched book analyzes the international negotiations that led to the adoption in 2018 of new global compacts on refugees and migration. At a time of anti-immigrant sentiment and restrictionist policies, it also provides an encouraging demonstration of how the international community was able to agree on the importance of working together to address these challenges." -- Karen AbuZayd, Former Special Advisor for the UN Summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants and former Commissioner-General of UNRWA, USA
"Both researchers and policymakers will benefit enormously from reading this well-written, up-to-date and comprehensive book about how the international community addresses international migration." -- Antoine Pécoud, Professor of Sociology, the University of Paris, France
"a valuable record of the context and the events leading up to the most significant additions to the refugee and migration regime in decades: the UN global compacts for refugees and migrants." -- Kathleen Newland, co-founder, Migration Policy Institute, USA
THE GAMBIA-SENEGAL BORDER: ISSUES IN REGIONAL INTEGRATION
BY MARIAMA KHAN
"Khan’s book is a major contribution to political thought, African history, and regional integration theory. This book, appropriately positioned away from technocratic economic thinking, is among the finest in terms of bottom-up approach to regional cooperation and inter-state conflict resolution." — Nimi Wariboko, Walter G. Muelder Professor of Social Ethics, Boston University, USA
"In this case study of an area that has brought much political focus, Khan deftly navigates the terrain with precision that will create a lasting dialogue in African Studies courses." — Mark Christian, Professor & Chair, Department of Africana Studies, Lehman College – City University of New York, USA
REDUCING URBAN VIOLENCE IN THE GLOBAL SOUTH: TOWARDS SAFE AND INCLUSIVE CITIES
EDITED BY JENNIFER ERIN SALAHUB, MARKUS GOTTSBACHER, JOHN DE BOER, MAYSSAM D. ZAAROURA
"In demonstrating that the challenges of ubiquitous urban violence transcend borders and showing that resistance and resilience are fundamental local coping strategies, this path-breaking book is essential reading for academics, policymakers, and practitioners alike." — Caroline Moser, Emeritus Professor, University of Manchester, UK
"Undoubtedly, this is a book that contributes to our knowledge of the problem of urban violence, but also to building urban coexistence through structural responses to inequalities, violence prevention policies, and community participation." — Fernando Carrión, Research Professor, FLACSO Ecuador.