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.
Studying African Farmer-led Irrigation
This research project, funded by ESRC–DFID, brings together a team of social science researchers and irrigation scientists from the UK, Europe and Africa.
Global Urbanism Research Group
GURG is a multidisciplinary centre focusing on global urbanisation, poverty, inequality and exclusion.
Institutions for urban poor’s access to ecosystem services
A comparison of green and water structures in Bangladesh and Tanzania.
Mining and corporate social responsibility
Tomas Frederiksen's research into global governance and development impacts of the extractive sector in Africa.
Urban climate resilience
Joanne Jordan's research into the implications of land tenure for responding to climate change in Dhaka
Farm Scale and Viability
An assessment of black economic empowerment in sugar production in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa.
Resilience Assessment Benchmarking and Impact Toolkit (RABIT)
This project involved the creation of RABIT and then its field-testing in two locations.
Agarwal, B., & Agrawal, A. (2017). Do farmers really like farming? Indian farmers in transition. Oxford Development Studies. DOI: 10.1080/13600818.2017.1283010
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
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
Dimova, R., & Pela, K. (2017). Entrepreneurship: structural transformation, skills and constraints. Small Business Economics, 1-18. DOI: 10.1007/s11187-017-9916-0, 10.1007/s11187-017-9916-0
Dimova, R., & Adebowale, O. (2017). Does Access to Formal Finance Matter for Welfare and Inequality? Micro Level Evidence from Nigeria. Journal of Development Studies, 1-17. DOI: 10.1080/00220388.2017.1371293
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
Frederiksen, T. (2017). Corporate social responsibility and political settlements in the mining sector in Ghana, Zambia and Peru. (ESID Working Papers).
Gillespie, T. (2017). Collective self-help, financial inclusion and the commons: searching for solutions to Accra’s housing crisis. Housing Policy Debate, 1-15. DOI: 10.1080/10511482.2017.1324892
Gillespie, T., Hardy, K., & Watt, P. (2017). Austerity Urbanism and Olympic Counter-legacies: Gendering, Defending and Expanding the Urban Commons in East London. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.
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
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).
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)]. DOI: 10.1111/joac.12138
Lavers, T. (2017). Responding To Land-Based Conflict In Ethiopia: The Land Rights Of Ethnic Minorities Under Federalism. African Affairs.
Lavers, T. (2017). Social protection in an aspiring ‘developmental state’: The political drivers of Ethiopia’s PSNP. Development and Change.
Lavers, T. (2017). Understanding elite commitment to social protection: Rwanda’s Vision 2020 Umurenge Programme. Development and Change.
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
Woodhouse, P., & James, P. (2017). Crisis and differentiation among small-scale sugarcane growers in Nkomazi, South Africa. Journal of Southern African Studies. DOI: 10.1080/03057070.2016.1197694
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. DOI: 10.1080/03066150.2016.1219719
Woodhouse, P., & Muller, M. (2017). Water Governance – an historical perspective on current debates. World Development, 92(1), 225-241. DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2016.11.014
- Dr Admos Chimhowu - Senior Lecturer
- Prof Bina Agarwal - Professor, Development Economics and Environment
- Dr Nicola Banks - Lecturer, International Development: Urban Development and Global Urbanism
- Dr Tanja Bastia - Senior Lecturer
- Dr Ralitza Dimova - Senior Lecturer, Development Economics
- Dr Richard Duncombe - Lecturer, Information Systems and Development
- Dr Tomas Frederiksen - Lecturer
- Dr Tom Gillespie - Lecturer, Poverty, Inequality & Pro-Poor Politics
- Prof David Hulme - Professor
- Dr Judith Krauss - Lecturer in Environment, Climate Change and Development
- Dr Tom Lavers - Lecturer, Politics, Governance and Management
- Prof Diana Mitlin - Professor, Global Urbanism, Director of Global Urban Research Centre
- Dr Alfredo Stein - Lecturer in Urban Development Planning
- Prof Philip Woodhouse - Professor
PhD Researcher Members
- Jonas Bruun
- Mohd Helmi Abu Yahya
- Kerstin Rieger
- Mapenzie Tauzie