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Global Development Institute

Environmental, urban and agrarian change

Environmental, urban and agrarian change

Significant changes are occurring in the relationships between rural and urban areas, particularly when combined with the increasing impact of climate change.

We look into the sustainable use of natural resources and the political economy of their management in developing countries. We examine the effects of urbanisation, global flows of capital investment and diversification of markets. We study the impact of climate change and the potential role of new technology in altering the possibilities of natural resource use

The challenges of urban development are increasingly being recognised. We are addressing some of the most pressing urban themes, including the impact of climate change and violence, the changing nature of informality, and the needs of Africa’s young people.

Further work on environmental themes has focussed on the politics of environmental narratives, particularly the underlying conceptualisation of valuation of different natural phenomena as ‘resources’ and how these impinge on the negotiation of access and use among corporations, communities and governments.

Latest publications

Agarwal, B. (2016). Gender Challenges. Oxford, Oxford University Press.

Banks, N. (2016). "Livelihoods Limitations: The Political Economy of Urban Poverty in Dhaka, Bangladesh." Development and Change 47(2): 266-292.

Banks, N. (2016). "Youth poverty, employment and livelihoods: social and economic implications of living with insecurity in Arusha, Tanzania." Environment and Urbanization 28(2): 437-454.

Bastia, T. (2016). "Migration and older people in Bolivia: between opportunities and new vulnerabilities." British Academy Review 27: 66-69.

James, P. and P. Woodhouse (2016). "Crisis and Differentiation among Small-Scale Sugar Cane Growers in Nkomazi, South Africa." Journal of Southern African Studies: 1-15.

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.

Roy, M. Cawood, S. Hordijk, M. Hulme, D. (2016). Urban Poverty and Climate Change: Life in the slums of Asia, Africa and Latin America. Routledge.

Roy, M. Hanlon, J. Hulme, D. (2016).  Bangladesh Confronts Climate Change: Keeping Our Heads above Water, Anthem Press.

Woodhouse, P., Veldwisch, G. J., Venot , J-P., Brockington, D., Komakech, H., & Manjichi , Â. (2017). African Farmer-led Irrigation Development: re-framing agricultural policy and investment? Journal of Peasant Studies, 44(1), 213-233. 

Woodhouse, P. (2016). "African Farmer-led Irrigation Development: re-framing agricultural policy and investment? ." Journal of Peasant Studies.

Woodhouse, P. and P. James (2016). "Crisis and differentiation among small-scale sugarcane growers in Nkomazi, South Africa." Journal of Southern African Studies.

Woodhouse, P., et al. (2016). "The political economy of sugar in southern Africa." Journal of Southern African Studies.

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Academic members

PhD Researcher Members

  • Jonas Bruun
  • Mohd Helmi Abu Yahya
  • Kerstin Rieger
  • Mapenzie Tauzie