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Global Development Institute

Environmental, urban and agrarian change

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.

Latest publications

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


Theme Convenors

Academic members

PhD Researcher Members

  • Jonas Bruun
  • Mohd Helmi Abu Yahya
  • Kerstin Rieger
  • Mapenzie Tauzie