21st century globalisation and development
We live in an increasingly globalised and globally inter-connected world marked by a diverse array of private and public actors who shape the ways in people, labour, capital, products, knowledge, ideas, cultures and values flow around the world. Globalisation is a dynamic and contested process with uneven outcomes.
Our research seeks to inform prospects for a more socially-just form of globalisation. It probes the dynamic and changing forms of the global economy through the production networks which constitute global trade, and its local outcomes. We seek to understand the changing contours of this global economy, including through the greater prominence of rising power economies and increasing trade within the global South. We explore the uneven outcomes of globalisation. We study movements of people, from economic migrants to political refugees. We seek to assess whether historical injustices shape contemporary opportunities.
Rising Powers and Interdependent Futures
This ESRC funded network includes 12 projects exploring ongoing changes within the Rising Powers
The Migration Lab brings together the 70+ researchers who work on migration issues across the University
Capturing the Gains
This project looked at economic and social upgrading, global production networks and trade
Sustainable cocoa production
This research, by Stephanie Barrientos, led to Cadbury switching its supply to fair trade cocoa
Conflict, Displacement and Home
Luis Eduardo Perez Murcia's project into the concept of home in Columbia
Post-socialist legacies in comparative perspectives
The project centred on changing dynamics in development cooperation between Mozambique and East Germany
Barrientos, S. (2016). Beyond Fairtrade: Why are chocolate companies pursuing social sustainability in cocoa sourcing? The Economics of Chocolate. M. Squicciarini and J. Swinnen. Oxford, Oxford University Press: 213-227.
Barrientos, S., et al. (2016). "New dynamics of upgrading in global value chains: Shifting terrain for suppliers and workers in the global south." Environment and Planning A 48(7): 1214-1219.
Barrientos, S., et al. (2016). "Shifting regional dynamics of global value chains: Implications for economic and social upgrading in African horticulture." Environment and Planning A 48(7): 1266-1283.
Bastia, T. (2016). "Migration and older people in Bolivia: between opportunities and new vulnerabilities." British Academy Review 27: 66-69.
Heeks, R. and S. Arun (2016). Assessing the development impact of social outsourcing of IT services,. Socially Responsible Outsourcing. B. Nicholson, R. Babin and M. C. Lacity. Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan: 81-96.
Heeks, R. and C. Foster (2016). Nurturing user-producer interaction: inclusive innovation flows in a low-income mobile market. New Models of Inclusive Innovation for Development. R. Heeks, C. Foster and Y. Nugroho. London, Routledge: 47-63.
Heeks, R., et al. (2016). An institutional logics perspective on IT impact sourcing. European Conference on Information Systems, Istanbul.
Horner, R. (2017). Beyond facilitator? State roles in global value chains and global production networks. Geography Compass, 11(2).
Horner, R. (2016). "A New Economic Geography of Trade and Development? Governing South–South Trade, Value Chains and Production Networks." Territory, Politics, Governance 4(4): 400-420.
Horner, R. (2016). "Pharmaceuticals and the global South: a healthy challenge for development theory?" Geography Compass 10(9): 363-377.
Hulme, D. (2016). The Millennium Development Goals’. The Oxford Companion to International Relations. C. Murphy. Oxford, Oxford University Press.
Hulme, D. (2016). Should Rich Nations Help the Poor? Cambridge/New York, Polity Press.
Hulme, D. and Banks, N. (2016). New development alternatives or business as usual with a new face? The transformative potential of new actors and alliances in development. New Actors and Alliances in Development: 181-195.
Jacoby, T. (2016). "Global Fascism: Timing, Support and Strategy." Journal of Global History 11(3): 451-472.
Jacoby, T. (2016). "A Historical Perspective on the July 2016 Coup Attempt in Turkey." Insight Turkey 18(3).
Jacoby, T. (2016). "Theorizing Fascism: Cases, Comparison and Consensus." European History Quarterly 46(4): 702-706.
Kothari, U., & Arnall, A. (2017). Contestation over an island imaginary landscape: The management and maintenance of touristic nature. Environment and Planning A.
Kothari, U. (2016). Commentary of Jonathan Crush (1995) Power of Development, Progress in Human Geography.
Kothari, U. (2016). Trade, consumption and development alliances: The historical legacy of the empire marketing board poster campaign. New Actors and Alliances in Development: 43-64.
Kothari, U., et al. (2016). Frontiers of Development. U. Kothari, A. M. Fischer and G. Mohan. Oxford, Oxford University Press.
McGranahan, G. and D. Mitlin (2016). "Learning from Sustained Success: How Community-Driven Initiatives to Improve Urban Sanitation Can Meet the Challenges." World Development 87: 307-317.
Müller, T. R. (2017). Post-liberation Politics and Political Space in Eritrea: Interrogating Aspirations among Educated Youth. Journal of Development Studies.
Müller, T. R. (2016). "Acts of citizenship as a politics of resistance? Reflections on realizing concrete rights within the Israeli asylum regime." Citizenship Studies 20(1): 50-66.
Nadvi, K., & Knorringa, P. (2016). Rising Power Clusters and the Challenges of Local and Global Standards. Journal of Business Ethics, 133, 55-72.
Nadvi, K., Weiss, J. (Ed.), & Tribe, M. (Ed.) (2016). What Role for Small Enterprises?: Industrial clusters, industrial policy and poverty reduction. In Routledge Handbook on Industry and Development. (pp. 116-134). Routledge.
08 May 2017: Richard Kozul-Wright (Director, Globalization and Development Strategies Division, UNCTAD) visited GDI to give a talk on "Emerging economies and the end of hyper-globalization". He also conducted a masterclass for early career researchers.
14 October 2016 - The Rising Powers, Labour Standards and the Governance of Global Production Networks Project and Global Production Networks, Trade and Labour research group hosted a talk by Karamat Ali, executive director of the Pakistan Institute of Labour Education & Research (PILER).
20 June 2016 - Dr Hubert Escaith of the World Trade Organisation visited the GDI to give a talk on "Global value chains, trade and development" and a masterclass on ‘Bridging the gap between academia and policy/ practice’.
4 - 6 June 2016 - Early career workshop on "Global production networks and social upgrading" (funded by the Global Development Institute and also the Brown International Advanced Research Institute. This workshop included a lecture by Dr Jennifer Bair (University of Colorado)
20 May 2016 - Professor Tim Bartley (Ohio State) gave a masterclass and lecture at the Global Development Institute
29 June - 1 July 2015 – The "Global production and local outcomes" conference was hosted by the Global Development Institute
- Dr Rory Horner – Lecturer
- Prof Stephanie Barrientos - Professor
- Dr Tanja Bastia - Senior Lecturer
- Dr Karen Buckley - Hallsworth Research Fellow
- Prof Richard Heeks - Professor, Development Informatics
- Dr Rory Horner – Lecturer
- Prof David Hulme - Professor
- Prof Tim Jacoby - Professor
- Dr Nicholas Jepson - Lecturer in International Development
- Prof Uma Kothari - Professor, Migration and Postcolonial Studies
- Prof Diana Mitlin - Professor, Global Urbanism, Director of Global Urban Research Centre
- Dr Tanja Müller - Senior Lecturer, Global Development; Co-Director, Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute
- Prof Khalid Nadvi - Professor, International Development
- Dr Luis Perez Murcia
- Dr Jaco Renken - Lecturer, Information and Communication Technology for Development
- Dr Eleni Sifaki - Research Associate
- Dr Gindo Tampubolon - Lecturer, Poverty, Inequality and Growth
- Dr Helen Underhill - Senior GDI Tutor in Social Development
- Dr Cathy Wilcock - Migration Lab Co-ordinator and Researcher
PhD Researcher Members
- Edward Ademolu
- Karishma Banga
- Maria Bohada Rodriguez
- Corinna Braun-Munzinger
- Ritse Erumi
- Laura Hirst
- Luyao Huang
- Heiner Janus
- Aarti Krishnan
- Natalie Langford
- Yuna Lee
- Daniele Malerba
- Hao Peng
- Luis Rivera Illingworth
- Ryo Seo-Zindy