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The Global Development Institute is made up of over 50 academics from over five continents and 18 different countries. We are driven by the desire to advance social justice by conducting world-class, interdisciplinary research that achieves real impact.

The Global Development Institute is led by the Institute's Executive and Managing Director. Professor David Hulme serves as the Institute's Executive Director and is currently interim Managing Director until Professor Khalid Nadvi takes up the post in January 2020.

The Global Development Institute is made up of over 50 academics and up to 100 PhD students from across disciplines as well as a network of associates within the University and around the world. Our academics research is focussed around seven groups; digital development, migration, refugees and asylumglobal urban futures, growth and distribution, politics, governance and management, global production networks, trade and labour and, agrarian change and political ecology.

Our researchers are supported by the communications and administrative support teams.

Staff list

Find out more about our staff and visit their profile pages for further information. A number of our researchers offer PhD supervision, find out more about some of our PhD supervisors

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Academic staff


Dr Lawrence Ado-Kofie
Lecturer in Development Economics

Research specialism: development economics.


Prof Bina Agarwal
Professor in Development Economics and Environment

Research specialisms: gender inequality, agrarian change, environmental governance, property and land rights, group farming.


Dr Shamel Azmeh 
Lecturer in Technology, Labour and Production

Research specialisms: global value chains, political economy, trade, labour, technology.


Dr Nicola Banks
Lecturer in International Development: Urban Development and Global Urbanism

Research specialisms: Tanzania, employment, youth, urban, NGOs.


Dr Oliver Bakewell 
Senior Lecturer in Migration Studies

Research specialisms: migration, mobility and refugees, Africa, migration and development, diasporas, integration and belonging.


Prof Armando Barrientos
Emeritus Professor of Poverty and Social Justice

Research specialisms: development economics, social protection, social assistance, Latin America.


Prof Stephanie Barrientos
Professor in Development Policy

Research specialisms: global value chains, gender, corporate responsibility, production labour.


Mr Paul Barry
Teaching Fellow

Research specialisms: management, organisational behaviour.


Dr Tanja Bastia
Senior Lecturer

Research specialisms: migration, Latin America, gender, race and ethnicity, social inequalities.


Prof Anthony Bebbington
Professorial Research Fellow

Research specialisms: governance.


Dr Pritish Behuria
Hallsworth Research Fellow

Research specialisms: political economy, developmental states, industrial policy, Rwanda.


Dr Admos Chimhowu
Senior Lecturer

Research specialisms: land reform, sustainable development, national planning, Zimbabwe.


Dr Ralitza Dimova
Senior Lecturer in Development Economics

Research specialisms: development economics, labour, food, behaviour.


Dr Richard Duncombe 
Lecturer in Information Systems and Development

Research specialisms: ICT4 development, information systems, technology.


Dr Kelechi Ekuma
Lecturer in Governance and Development Leadership

Research specialisms: human resource development, politics of development, fourth industrial revolution, public policy.


Dr Tomas Frederiksen
Lecturer in International Development

Research specialisms: political ecology, corporate social responsibility, extractive industry, mining, sustainability.


Dr Chris Foster 
Presidential Fellow

Research specialisms: digital development, value chains, digital trade, infrastructure, innovation


Ping Gao
Lecturer in Information Systems

Research specialisms: information systems.


Dr Tom Gillespie
Lecturer in Poverty, Inequality and Pro-Poor Politics

Research specialisms: urban, Ghana, housing, social movements, urban development.


Prof Richard Heeks
Professor in Development Informatics

Research specialisms: ICT4D, data justice, digital economy, digital labour, resilience.


Prof Samuel Hickey
Professor in Politics and Development

Research specialisms: governance, social protection, oil, political development.


Dr Rory Horner
Senior Lecturer in Globalisation and Political Economy & Hallsworth Research Fellow

Research specialisms: global value chains, pharmaceuticals, trade.


Dr Farhad Hossain
Senior Lecturer in Development Management and Policy

Research specialism: management.


Prof David Hulme
Professor in Development Studies

Research specialisms: poverty and poverty reduction, political economy of development, climate change, NGOs and civil society, global inequality.


Prof Tim Jacoby
Professor

Research specialisms: Islam, terrorism, politics, middle east.


Dr Shirley Jenner
Lecturer in Human Resource Management

Research specialisms: management, human resources.


Dr Nicholas Jepson
Lecturer in International Development

Research specialisms: globalisation, political economy, China, socio-economic change.


Prof Uma Kothari
Professor in Migration and Postcolonial Studies

Research specialisms: migration and mobilities, colonialism and postcolonialism, humanitarianism, environmental change, travel and tourism.


Dr Aarti Krishnan
ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow

Research specialisms: trade, food, agriculture, global value chains.


Dr David Lawson
Senior Lecturer in Development Economics and Public Policy

Research specialisms: extreme poverty, access to justice, economic growth, cash transfers.


Dr Tom Lavers
Lecturer in Politics, Governance and Management

Research specialisms: Ethiopia, comparative political economy, agrarian change, social policy, state-society relations.


Dr Aminu Mamman
Reader in Human Resource Management

Research specialisms: management, human resources.


Prof Diana Mitlin
Professor in Global Urbanism / Director of Global Urban Research Centre

Research specialisms: urban, collective action, housing, urban planning.


Dr Negar Monazam Tabrizi 
Lecturer in Information Systems and Digital Development

Research specialisms: ICT4 development, information systems, technology.


Prof Caroline Moser
Emeritus Professor

Research specialisms: urban, gender, housing.


Dr Tanja Müller
Reader in Development Studies; Convenor Manchester Migration Lab 

Research specialisms: citizenship, global solidarity, refugees, revolutions, horn of africa.


Prof Khalid Nadvi
Professor in International Development

Research specialisms: political economy, global value chains, production, global standards, corporate social responsibility.


Dr Johan Oldekop
Senior Lecturer in Environment and Development

Research specialisms: conversation, sustainability, forests.


Dr Osman Ouattara
Senior Lecturer in Development Economics

Research specialisms: development economics, environment.


Dr Chris Rees
Senior Lecturer in Human Resources and Organisational Change

Research specialisms: organisational change, human resources, management.


Dr Jaco Renken
Lecturer in Information and Communication Technology for Development

Research specialisms: ICT4 development, digital development, data-intensive development, development champions, leadership information systems.


Dr Kate Rowlands
Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management

Research specialisms: organisational change, human resources, management.


Dr Antonio Savoia
Senior Lecturer in Development Economics

Research specialisms: development economics, governance, development finance.


Dr Seth Schindler
Senior Lecturer in Urban Development and Urban Transformation

Research specialisms: urban, urban planning, deindustrialization, urban transformation.


Prof Kunal Sen
Professor in Development Economics & Policy

Research specialisms: India, development, economics, political economy, growth, social exclusion.


Dr Rory Stanton
Lecturer in Human Resource Development

Research specialisms: Human resource development, human resources.


Dr Gindo Tampubolon
Lecturer in Poverty, Inequality and Growth

Research specialisms: digital health, healthy ageing, blood biomarkers, cognitive function, longitudinal study.


Professor Dale Whittington
Professor of International Development

Research specialisms: water, dams.


Prof Philip Woodhouse
Professor in Environment and Development

Research specialisms: irrigation, agriculture, environment.


Dr Yin-Fang Zhang
Lecturer in Development Economics

Research specialisms: development economics, China, corporate governance.


Teaching and research associates


Dr Roshan Adhikari
Research Associate, FutureDAMS


Dr Barnaby Dye
Research Associate, FutureDAMS


Dr Pon Souvannaseng
Research Associate, FutureDAMS


Lana Whittaker
Research Associate


Giovanni Pasquali
Research Associate


Honorary and visiting fellows

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Current PhD students

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