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Fieldwork and citizenship through the eyes of a PhD researcher

Fieldwork and citizenship through the eyes of a PhD researcher

Francisca Álvarez-Figueroa, PhD Researcher, Global Development Institute

I began my PhD in 2018 on the broad area of citizenship and organisational citizenship behaviours within the education sector under the supervision of Dr Chris Rees and Dr Kate Rowlands. My fieldwork was conducted from October 2019 to January 2020 in Chile. My research focuses on educative leadership, diversity management, citizenship and inclusion.  read more…

Paper exploring links between institutions and economic development wins 2019 best paper award

Paper exploring links between institutions and economic development wins 2019 best paper award

Research by Professor Kunal Sen of the Global Development Institute and the United Nations University (UNU-Wider), and Sabyasachi Kar and Amrita Roy from the Institute of Economic Growth in Delhi, India has won Economic Modelling’s Best Paper of the year award for 2019.

The Double Trap: Institutions and economic development was published in the journal in January 2019 and examined whether there was a link between institutional quality and economic development.  The research explored data from over 80 countries and across a period of 3 decades (1985-2015), with the authors finding evidence of several countries which are stuck in poor quality institutions traps. Additionally, the research established that poor institutional traps are major determinants of low income traps. read more…

In conversation:  Nicholas Jepson discusses China’s impact on the Global South

In conversation: Nicholas Jepson discusses China’s impact on the Global South

In this episode, Nicholas Jepson talks to Seth Schindler about his new book In China’s wake: how the commodity boom transformed development strategies in the global south.

Dr Nicholas Jepson is a Hallsworth Research Fellow in Chinese Political Economy at the Global Development Institute. Dr Seth Schindler is a Senior Lecturer in Urban Development & Transformation at the Global Development Institute.

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GDI Lecture: How China’s growth transformed development strategies in the global south with Nicholas Jepson

GDI Lecture: How China’s growth transformed development strategies in the global south with Nicholas Jepson

Listen or watch Nicholas Jepson, Global Development Institute, discuss how China’s growth transformed development strategies in the global south. Nicholas is currently a Hallsworth Research Fellow in Chinese Political Economy.

His talk outlines his new book ‘In China’s wake: how the commodity boom transformed development strategies in the global south’

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Have investment treaties protected inward investment in the wake of the global financial crisis?

Have investment treaties protected inward investment in the wake of the global financial crisis?

Gindo Tampubolon, Lecturer in Poverty, Global Development Institute

The Monterrey consensus (2002) on financing for development recognised the importance of investment for global development; appreciating the unique resources channelled through direct investment rather than through aid alone. Through investments from foreign countries (often advanced economies), host countries (often developing economies) access necessary skills, technologies and markets in industrial economies.

For these reasons some countries have unilaterally relaxed their inward investment regimes while others have forged partnerships with other countries in bilateral or multilateral investment treaties. With such treaties host countries attract multinational corporations to bring investments, skills and technology, and conversely, to open foreign markets, achieved by enhancing terms for inward investments such as by adopting international arbitration for commercial dispute.

In practice the benefit of investment treaty on inward investment has been elusive. Two key drivers lie behind changes in inward investment. First, the last decade has witnessed investment activities by multinational corporations slowed by the global financial crisis of 2008.Second, over a much longer period, from just before the turn of the century, multinational corporations’ global investment activities have exhibited a character shift. These corporations roamed the world not only to secure market and materials but increasingly to collaborate in creating innovations.

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Gender and social assistance program

Gender and social assistance program

Vidhya Unnikrishnan, Lecturer in Development Economics, Global Development Institute

There is a growing debate on the need to focus on the gender aspect of the social assistance program. The risks of economic vulnerability and poverty differ between men and women. Previous research has found that the poverty rate among women (who are post-reproductive age) in India is 80% higher than men (Calvi, 2016). The alarming rate of poverty rates faced by older women results in excess female mortality. An important reason that is cited for missing-women at an older age* in India is their reduced bargaining power. Other works have similarly highlighted declining health status and increased disabilities among older women opposed to men in India (Chaudhri, 2008). This suggests the need to focus on the gender dimensions of social assistance programs. read more…

Horizon-2020 Winter School at the University of Manchester

Horizon-2020 Winter School at the University of Manchester

From 9th to 13th December, Professor Aminu Mamman hosted a group of scholars and researchers from the University of Rennes 2, France; University of Bielefeld, Germany; University of Abertay, Dundee; University of Ghana; University of Chek Ante Diop, Senegal; ISCAE Business School, Morocco; and the University of Duala, Cameroon. They were here for a Winter School as part of the ManaGlobal Horizon-2020 RISE Research Project funded by the European Union. The project focuses on the understanding of how globalization leads to the hybridization of business and management practices in Africa. read more…

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