Growth, inequality and poverty
Our work on prosperity and human well-being explores the ways in which inclusive growth, social policies and political action can improve the prospects of poor and disadvantaged people.
Since the turn of the century, a majority of countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean have managed to grow their economies, generating jobs and economic opportunity. Growth and redistribution have contributed to a large reduction in extreme poverty and, in some countries, inequality. Improving our understanding of the processes and institutions delivering, or constraining, inclusive growth is urgent as it is essential to building inclusive, fair, prosperous, and democratic societies.
Our research examines the interactions of growth, inequality and poverty. We critically engage with the global development agenda and conduct theoretical, empirical and policy-relevant research on inclusive growth, including urban poverty, social justice, social protection, and the links between environmental change and poverty.
Effective States and Inclusive Development
A DFID funded global partnership researching what kind of politics can help development to succeed.
Leverhulme Study of Value
Dedicated to understanding how ways of valuing social and environmental harm and care present challenges and opportunities in a changing world.
Urban youth, poverty and inequality in Tanzania
Nicola Banks' research into the economic and social needs of young people in Tanzania.
Improving research infrastructure in social assistance
Armando Barrientos' funded project examining social assistance programmes.
International Research Initiative on Brazil and Africa
A DFID-funded project uncovering lessons from Brazil’s development experience.
The Chronic Poverty Research Centre
This research deepened understanding of the causes of chronic poverty, and provided analysis and policy guidance on the reduction of chronic poverty.
Abdulai, A. G. and S. Hickey (2016). "The politics of development under competitive clientelism: Insights from Ghana's education sector." African Affairs 115(458): 44-72.
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.
Barrientos, A., & Kudebayeva, A. (2017). A decade of poverty reduction in Kazakhstan 2001-2009: growth and/or redistribution? Journal of International Development.
Barrientos, A. (2016). "Design and rural context in antipoverty transfers: Implications for programme outcomes." Global Food Security.
Barrientos, A. (2016). "Justice-based social assistance." Global Social Policy 16(2): 151-165.
Barrientos, A. (2016). "Social Assistance in Developing Countries: Growth, innovations and challenges." Social Security Research 23(1): 171-183.
Barrientos, A. and E. Amann (2016). "Is there a Brazilian Development Model? Main findings from a research programme." Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance(62): 7-11.
Barrientos, A. and J. M. Villa (2016). "Economic and Political Inclusion in Human Development Conditional Income Transfer Programmes in Latin America." Social Policy and Society 15(3): 421-433.
Barrientos, A., et al. (2016). "Antipoverty transfers and inclusive growth in Brazil." Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance(62): 33-40.
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
Dimova, R., et al. (2016). "Corruption and economic growth: An econometric survey of evidence." Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics 172: 521-543.
Dimova, R. and A. Savoia (2016). "Institutions: Evolution, Path Dependency, Anachronisms and Impact." Journal of Development Studies 52(2): 161-165.
Hickey, S. and S. King (2016). "Understanding Social Accountability: Politics, Power and Building New Social Contracts." Journal of Development Studies 52(8): 1225-1240.
Hulme, D. (2016). Should Rich Nations Help the Poor? Cambridge/New York, Polity Press.
Kar, S. and Sen, K. (2016). The Political Economy of India's Growth Episodes. Palgrave.
King, S. and S. Hickey (2016). "Building Democracy from Below: Lessons from Western Uganda." Journal of Development Studies: 1-16.
Kothari, U., & Arnall, A. (2017). Contestation over an island imaginary landscape: The management and maintenance of touristic nature. Environment and Planning A.
Lavers, T. (2017). Land Registration and Gender Equality in Ethiopia: How State–Society Relations Influence the Enforcement of Institutional Change. Journal of Agrarian Change, 17(1), 188-207. [17(1)]
Lavers, T. (2016). "Agricultural Investment in Ethiopia: Undermining National Sovereignty or Tool for State Building?" Development and Change 47(5): 1078-1101.
Lavers, T. and F. Boamah (2016). "The impact of agricultural investments on state capacity: A comparative analysis of Ethiopia and Ghana." Geoforum 72: 94-103.
Lavers, T. and S. Hickey (2016). "Conceptualising the politics of social protection expansion in low income countries: The intersection of transnational ideas and domestic politics." International Journal of Social Welfare.
Lawson, D. Ado-Kofie, L. and Hulme, D. (2017). What Works for Africa's Poorest?: Poverty Reduction Programmes for Extremely Poor People.Practical Action.
Savoia, A. and K. Sen (2016). "Do We See Convergence in Institutions? A Cross-Country Analysis." Journal of Development Studies 52(2): 166-185.
Sen, K. (2016). Out of the Shadows. OUP.
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.
- Dr Antonio Savoia - Lecturer, Development Economics
- Prof Bina Agarwal - Professor, Development Economics and Environment
- Dr Nicola Banks - Lecturer, International Development: Urban Development and Global Urbanism
- Prof Armando Barrientos - Professor, Poverty and Social Justice
- Prof Stephanie Barrientos - Professor
- Dr Admos Chimhowu - Senior Lecturer
- Dr Ralitza Dimova - Senior Lecturer, Development Economics
- Dr Tom Gillespie - Lecturer, Poverty, Inequality & Pro-Poor Politics
- Prof Samuel Hickey - Professor, Politics and Development
- Prof David Hulme - Professor
- Prof Uma Kothari - Professor, Migration and Postcolonial Studies
- Dr Tom Lavers - Lecturer, Politics, Governance and Management
- Dr David Lawson - Senior Lecturer, Development Economics and Public Policy
- Dr Osman Ouattara - Lecturer, Development Economics
- Prof Kunal Sen - Professor, Development Economics & Policy
- Dr Yin-Fang Zhang - Lecturer
PhD Researcher Members
- Olabimtan Adebowale
- Peter Agamile
- Ali Amin
- Media Askar
- Sally Cawood
- Nahid Farnaz
- Mohammed Ibrahim
- Lina Khraise
- Jiaying Li
- Abiola Olatunji
- Alejandra Ortiz Garcia
- Kevwe Pela
- Kate Pruce
- Virgi Sari
- Muhammad Shahadat Siddiquee
- Amanda Telias Simunovic
- Matthew Tyce
- Vidhya Unnikrishnan
- Matthew Walsham
- Bala Yusuf
- Gabriela Zapata Roman