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Global Development Institute

Professor David Hulme

Professor of Development Studies

Key roles

  • Executive Director, Global Development Institute (GDI)
  • CEO, Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre (ESID)
  • CEO, Brazil in Africa Research Programme
  • CEO, International Research Initiative on Brazil and Africa (IRIBA) 

Educational background 

BA MA Cambridge, PhD JCU Queensland. 

Recent publications 

  • Too Close for Comfort: Non-Governmental Organisations, Donors and States, London, Palgrave, International Political Economy Series (D Hulme and M Edwards) 2013.
  • Social Protection in Bangladesh: Building Effective Social Safety Nets and Ladders Out of Poverty. Dhaka, University Press Limited (D Hulme, M Maitrot, L P Ragno and H Z Rahman) 2013. 

Research interests

  • Political economy analysis (PEA)
  • Rural development policy and planning
  • Poverty reduction strategies
  • Finance for the poor
  • Sociology of development
  • Role of community organisations and NGOs
  • Evaluation of technical assistance
  • Environmental management; public sector reform
  • Global governance and sustainability 

Supervision topics

At present I am especially keen to supervise students with interests in state effectiveness and improving governance; social protection; the analysis of ultra-poverty and policies to tackle ultra poverty; and, disability in low income countries. 

Current supervision topics

Topics covered by PhD students I supervise currently include:

  • Urban poverty, conflict and climate change: contested urban spaces: opportunities and obstacles to collective strategies of the urban poor in Bangladesh.
  • Urban youth, developmentalism and politics or citizenship in Ethiopia
  • Linking protection and promotion in poor households: Social pension scheme and poverty reduction in urban Bangladesh.
  • Towards sustainable development, state capacity and development cooperation effectiveness in Madagascar
  • Exploring Impact on Human Capital Aspects of the Ultra Poor in Bangladesh:  Evidence from Challenging the Frontiers of Poverty Reduction / Targeting the Ultra Poor Program 

Contact details

Tel: +44(0)161 275 6436