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Global Development Institute

Political economy of globalisation

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. 

Latest publications

Alford, M., Barrientos, S., & Visser, M. (2017). Multi-scalar Labour Agency in Global Production Networks: Contestation and Crisis in the South African Fruit Sector. Development and Change. DOI: 10.1111/dech.12317

Barrientos, S., Bianchi, L., & Berman, C. Women Workers in Global Supply Chains: Rights and Remedy

Bastia, T. (2017). Transnational migration and the gendered right to the city in Buenos Aires. Cities. DOI: 10.1016/j.cities.2017.06.014

Bastia, T., & Montero Bressan, J. (2017). Between a guest and an okupa: Migration and the making of insurgent citizenship in Buenos Aires’ informal settlements. Environment and Planning A. DOI: 10.1177/0308518X17736312

Behuria, P., Buur, L., & Gray, H. (2017). Studying Political Settlements in Africa. African Affairs, 116(464), 508. DOI: 10.1093/afraf/adx019

Behuria, P. (2017). Learning from Role Models in Rwanda: Incoherent Emulation in the Construction of a Neoliberal Developmental State. New Political Economy, 1.

Behuria, P. (2017). The Political Economy of Import Substitution in the 21st Century: The Challenge of Recapturing the domestic market in Rwanda. (pp. 1-37). London: London School of Economics.

Behuria, P. (2017). Book Review: Williams, Michelle, editor. 2014: The End of the Developmental State?. Progress in Development Studies 17 3 (pp. 257-259).

Behuria, P., & Goodfellow, T. (2017). The Disorder of 'Miracle Growth' in Rwanda: Understanding the Limitations of Transitions to Open Ordered Development. In L. Pritchett, K. Sen, & E. Werker (Eds.), Deals and Development: The Political Dynamics of Growth Episodes (pp. 217-249). Oxford University Press.

Buckley, K. (2017). Space, social relations and contestation: Transformative peacebuilding and World Social Forum climate spaces. Antipode. DOI: 10.1111/anti.12361

Buckley, K. (2017). Civil Society. In M. Juergensmeyer, S. Sassen, & M. Steger (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Global Studies Oxford University Press.

Buckley, K. (2017). Civil society and twenty-first century transformations. Paper presented at Wars of Position: Marxism and Civil Society, .

Bukht, R., & Heeks, R. (2017). Defining, Conceptualising and Measuring the Digital Economy. (pp. 1-24). (GDI Development Informatics Working Papers; No. 68). Manchester: Global Development Institute, The University of Manchester.

Colenbrander, S., Dodman, D., & Mitlin, D. (2017). Using climate finance to advance climate justice: the politics and practice of channelling resources to the local level. Climate Policy. DOI: 10.1080/14693062.2017.1388212

Fiew, W., & Mitlin, D. (2017). What the experiences of South Africa’s mass housing programme teach us about the contribution of civil society to policy and programme reform. Environment and Urbanization. DOI: 10.1177/0956247817735768

Gwamba, G., Renken, J., Nampijja, D., Mayende, G., & Muyinda, P. B. (2017). Contextualisation of eLearning Systems in Higher Education Institutions. In Proceedings of the 2017 International Conference on Interactive Mobile Communication, Technologies and Learning (IMCL2017) (pp. 327-338). (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing). Springer International Publishing AG.

Heeks, R., & Renken, J. (2017). Data justice for development: what would it mean? Information Development, 1-13. [1]. DOI: 10.1177%2F0266666916678282

Heeks, R., & Seo-Zindy, R. (2017). Researching the emergence of 3D printing, Makerspaces, Hackerspaces and FabLabs in the global South: A Scoping Review and Research Agenda on Digital Innovation and Fabrication Networks. Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries, 80(5), 1-24.

Heeks, R. (2017). A Structural Model and Manifesto for Data Justice for International Development. (pp. 1-16). (GDI Development Informatics Working Papers; No. 69). Manchester: Global Development Institute, The University of Manchester.

Heeks, R. (2017). Digital Economy and Digital Labour Terminology: Making Sense of the “Gig Economy”, “Online Labour”, “Crowd Work”, “Microwork”, “Platform Labour”, Etc. (pp. 1-15). (GDI Development Informatics Working Papers; No. 70). Manchester: Global Development Institute, The University of Manchester.

Henderson, J., & Jepson, N. (2017). Critical transformations and global development: materials for a new analytical framework. Area Development and Policy. DOI: 10.1080/23792949.2017.1369856

Horner, R., & Murphy, J. T. (2017). South-North and South-South production networks: Diverging socio-spatial practices of Indian pharmaceutical firms. Global Networks. DOI: 10.1111/glob.12159

Horner, R. (2017). Beyond facilitator? State roles in global value chains and global production networks. Geography Compass, 11(2). DOI: 10.1111/gec3.12307

Horner, R., & Nadvi, K. (2017). Global value chains and the rise of the Global South: Unpacking 21st century polycentric trade. Global Networks: A Journal of Transnational Affairs. DOI: 10.1111/glob.12180

Horner, R., & Hulme, D. (2017). Converging divergence? Unpacking the new geography of 21st century global development.

Horner, R., & Hulme, D. (2017). From international to global development: new geographies of 21st century development. Development and Change. DOI: 10.1111/dech.12379

Horner, R., Schindler, S., Haberly, D., & Aoyama, Y. (2017). Globalization, uneven development and the North-South 'big switch'. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society.

Horner, R. (2017). What is global development? (pp. 1-24). (Global Development Institute Working Paper Series; Vol. 2017, No. 20). Manchester.

Ismail, S. A., Heeks, R., Nicholson, B., & Aman, A. (2017). Analyzing conflict and its management within ICT4D partnerships: an institutional logics perspective. Information Technology for Development, 1-23. DOI: 10.1080/02681102.2017.1320962

Jacoby, T. (2017). Culturalism and the Rise of the Islamic State: Faith, Sectarianism and Violence. Third World Quarterly, 38(7). DOI: 10.1080/01436597.2017.1282818

Kothari, U., & Arnall, A. (2017). Contestation over an island imaginary landscape: The management and maintenance of touristic nature. Environment and Planning A. DOI: 10.1177/0308518X16685884

Krauss, J. (2017). What is cocoa sustainability? Mapping stakeholders’ socio-economic, environmental, and commercial constellations of priorities. Enterprise Development & Microfinance, 28(3). DOI: 10.3362/1755-1986.17-000JK

Krauss, J. (2017). What is sustainable cocoa? Constellations of commercial, socio-economic and environmental priorities associated with a polysemic concept. (Global Development Institute Working Paper Series; No. 2017-009).

Lawrence Ado-Kofie, & David Hulme (2017). What Works for Africa's Poorest?: Poverty Reduction Programmes for Extremely Poor People. Rugby : Practical Action. DOI: 10.3362/9781780448435

Müller, T. R., & Bashar, Z. (2017). 'UNAMID is just like clouds in the summer, they never rain': Local perceptions of conflict and the effectiveness of UN peacekeeping missions. International Peacekeeping, 24(5), 756-779. DOI: 10.1080/13533312.2017.1383564

Müller, T. R. (2017). Book Review: The Struggling State: Nationalism, Mass Militarization, and the Education of Eritrea. Anthropological Quarterly, 90(1), 317-322.

Müller, T. R. (2017). Assertive foreign policy in a ‘bad neighbourhood’: Eritrean foreign policy making. 1-14. Paper presented at International Conference on Eritrean Studies, Asmara, Eritrea.

Müller, T. R. (2017). Post-liberation Politics and Political Space in Eritrea: Interrogating Aspirations among Educated Youth. Journal of Development Studies, 1-15. DOI: 10.1080/00220388.2017.1311409

Müller, T. R. (2017). Realizing rights within the Israeli Asylum Regime: a case study among Eritrean refugees in Tel Aviv. African Geographical Review. DOI: 10.1080/19376812.2017.1354309

Müller, T. R. (2017). Until next time in Asmara: A City of Aspiration, Despair and Ambition. In P. Volgger, & S. Graf (Eds.), Architecture in Asmara: Colonial Origin and Postcolonial Experiences (pp. 432-439). DOM Publishers.

Quinones, G., Heeks, R., & Nicholson, B. (2017). Digital Start-ups in the Global South: Embeddedness, Digitality, and Peripherality in Latin America. In United Kingdom Academy for Information Systems

Quinones, G., Heeks, R., & Nicholson, B. (2017). Digital Start-Ups in the Global South: Embeddedness, Digitality and Peripherality in Latin America. (pp. 1-17). (GDI Development Informatics Working Papers; No. 67). Manchester: Global Development Institute, The University of Manchester.

Renken, J., & Heeks, R. (2017). A Conceptual Framework of ICT4D Champion Origins. In IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology (Vol. 504, pp. 842-847). Cham: Springer International Publishing AG. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-59111-7_71

Sengupta, R., Heeks, R., Chattapadhyay, S., & Foster, C. (2017). Exploring Big Data for Development: An Electricity Sector Case Study from India. (pp. 1-30). (GDI Development Informatics Working Papers; No. 66). Manchester: Global Development Institute, The University of Manchester.

Sujarwoto, S., Tampubolon, G., & Pierewan, A. (2017). Individual and contextual factors of happiness and life satisfaction in a low middle income country. Applied Research in Quality of Life. DOI: 10.1007/s11482-017-9567-y

Tampubolon, G., & Maharani, A. (2017). When did old age stop being depressing? Depression trajectories of older Americans and Britons 2002-2012. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. DOI: 10.1016/j.jagp.2017.06.006

Tampubolon, G., & Maharani, A. (2017). Depression trajectories of older Americans and Britons 2002 - 2012: A rejoinder and a hope. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. DOI: 10.1016/j.jagp.2017.07.010

Tampubolon, G.Could cohort composition be driving this? Temporal trend in dementia incidence since 2002 and projections for prevalence in England and Wales to 2040

Tampubolon, G., Nazroo, J. Y., & Pendleton, N. (2017). Trajectories of general cognition and dementia in English older population: an exploration. European Geriatric Medicine. DOI: 10.1016/j.eurger.2017.08.001


Previous events

19 October 2017 - Henry Yeung (National University of Singapore) and Weidong Liu (Chinese Academy of Sciences) gave a masterclass on "The role of the state in East Asian development". The masterclass followed Henry's lecture for the geography@125 series on "Rethinking East Asia in the New Global Economy". 

12 July 2017 -Mark Dallas (Union College) gave a talk on "Unpacking power in global value chains", and also gave a masterclass for early career researchers. 

26-27 June 2017 - GDI hosted a workshop on "From international to global development". Read about the workshop here. Watch the workshop participants outlining the key trends they see in global development below.

8 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

1.       Inequality/unfairness


Theme Convenors

Academic members

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