Global Development Institute Blog

Next week, many of us from the Global Development Institute will be at the Development Studies Association Conference hosted by the Oxford Department of International Development (ODID) at the University of Oxford. Make sure to stop by the GDI stand in the North Schools (Examination Schools) but if you’re panel hopping and want to see as much of GDI as possible, here’s a daily run down of where to find us:


Monday 12 September


The politics of leadership and elite interactions in bureaucratic reforms: Why relational leadership matters for sustainable organisational change presented by Kelechi Ekuma in Room 10 (Examination Schools)

Understanding an emerging vulnerable group in Chile: out of poverty but in risk of being in poverty again presented by Amanda Telias in Room 12 (Examination Schools)

Changing the politics of the state towards more inclusive cities: experiences from two cities in India presented by Diana Mitlin in Lecture Room B (Queens College). For more on this topic, see the Global Urban Research Centre website.

Is Partisan Alignment Electorally Rewarding? Evidence from Village Council Elections in India presented by Subhasish Dey and Kunal Sen in Room 15 (Examination Schools)


Join founding editors of the series, Andrew Fischer (Institute of Social Studies, The Hague), Giles Mohan (Open University), and GDI’s Uma Kothari, in North Schools (Examination Schools) to celebrate the launch of the OUP-DSA book series on Critical Frontiers of Theory, Research and Practice in International Development Studies


Tuesday 13 September


Beyond the ‘new’ new institutionalism: debating the real comparative politics of development panel in Room 14 (Examination Schools) convened by Sam Hickey and Kunal Sen, chaired by David Hulme and joined by discussant James Robinson. This session will explore how politics shapes economic/social development through a focus on the findings of the Effective States and Inclusive Development (ESID) research centre, including the Going beyond ‘politics matters’: New insights into how politics and power shapes development paper presented by Sam Hickey and Kunal Sen.

Digital politics, institutional logics and development presented by Richard Heeks in East Schools (Examination Schools). To download a PDF of the paper, click here and for even more, visit the Centre for Development Informatics website.

Rising powers and the emergence of the global development era: a geographical perspective presented by Rory Horner in Room 6 (Examination Schools). For more on the Rising Powers and Interdependent Futures, click here to visit the network’s website.

The role and responsibility of foreign aid in recipient political settlements presented by Pablo Yanguas in Room 15 (Examination Schools)

Losing and Remaking Home following Conflict and Displacement presented by Luis Eduardo Perez Murcia in Room 9 (Examination Schools). Click here to view an interactive website that explores this research.


Public representations of refugees and the power of a warm welcome presented by Uma Kothari in Summer Common Room (Magdalen College) – for more, watch Uma’s lecture on the question: is water safer than land?

‘The Infiltrator’ versus ‘the Refugee’: exploring new forms of solidarity and their limitations within the Israeli asylum regime and beyond presented by Tanja Müller in Summer Common Room (Magdalen College). For more on this research, visit Tanja’s blog and the project website here.

Facing conflict barriers in the implementation of Colombian inclusive business: a peace-building approach presented by Angelica Fernandez in Room 15 (Examination Schools)

Measuring the role of governance in environmental upgrading: the case of Kenyan horticulture farmers presented by Aarti Krishnan in Room 7 (Examination Schools). Aarti has also blogged about the PhD fieldwork experience.

Towards a Sustainable Resource Governance Regime in Ghana: An Investigation into the Political Dynamics of Institutional Development and Performance presented by Ishmael Ayanoore in Memorial Room (Queens College)

Is there space for bottom-up approaches in education within development policies? presented by Jaime Echavarri in Room 11 (Examination Schools)


Are contextual factors responsible for the effects poverty eradication and human development policies? presented by Daniele Malerba in Room 14 (Examination Schools)

How does corporate social responsibility affect national politics? The case of mining in Ghana, Peru and Zambia presented by Tomas Frederiksen in Room 7 (Examination Schools), and for more information, click here.


Wednesday 14 September


Global decisions and local realities: the politics and policies of upgrading and their implications in agricultural global production networks presented by Judith Krauss and Aarti Krishnan in Room 15 (Examination Schools). For intersection of chocolate and global production networks, read about Judith’s research here.


CSR standards in China: Social upgrading and industrial policy goals in GPNs presented by Corinna Braun-Munzinger in Room 15 (Examination Schools).


Plenary panel on Brexit and International Development: What is the UK’s future role? Chaired by David Hulme (DSA President), the panel will also include: Alice Evans (Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Cambridge), Nick Dearden (Director, Global Justice Now), Duncan Green (Senior Strategic Advisor, Oxfam GB) and Simon Maxwell (Past President of DSA and former Director ODI). The session will examine the implications of the UK’s decision to leave the EU andwhat the Development Studies community could do to ensure that Brexit does not weaken the positive contribution that the UK can make to the achievement of development goals in the future (directly and in collaboration with other nations). All participants in this closing session are encouraged to think in advance about:
(i) What will be the major impacts of the UK leaving the EU?
(ii) What can researchers, teachers, policy analysts and activists do to help ensure the UK can contribute to social progress across the world?