Research impact

Over the last 60 years impact has been at the core of what we do and we’re proud that our research contributes to the development of policy and directly influences the strategies, practices and priorities of a range of public and private organisations.

We carry out interdisciplinary research and collaborate with partner organisations, experts and academics in the Global South. We’ve helped countries to redesign their social protection systems, improved supply chains for women farmers and assisted community groups to improve access to basic services and housing. Our groundbreaking research was ranked first for impact in the last Research Excellence Framework.

Our impact work takes many forms and we work with a wide variety of partners. Our researchers are supported by our Communications and Impact team, as well as colleagues from across The University of Manchester. 

Our research centres create networks across sectors and have fostered changes to approaches and policies. The centres bring together academic institutions, civil society groups, NGOs and governments to look at new ways of approaching development. 

Our researchers have made sustained contributions to the field of development studies. Over the past few years, we have hosted five major international conferences, provided two Development Studies Association Presidents and a European Association of Development Research Vice-President, as well as eight full journal editorships.

Many of our researchers have made hugely impacted development discourse. Uma Kothari’s research on race in development has formed an important cornerstone in the increasing discussions about decolonising development and new ways of undertaking development research and practice. Richard Heeks' has set out the case for a shift from ICT4D to digital development as ICTs become the platform that mediates development rather than just the tools to enable particular aspects of development.

Joseph Hanlon, Armando Barrientos and David Hulme's ‘Just Give Money to the Poor: The Development Revolution from the Global South' helped summarise the evidence of the benefits of cash transfers and alongside Armando Barrientos' research helped encourage greater use of social assistance programmes across the Global South. 

Our researchers continue to take on the most pressing issues and have responded to Covid-19 extensively examining the ongoing responses and impacts it is having across the world.