Development is ostensibly about ensuring the provision of basic material needs (food, clothing, shelter, health and education) and opportunities to live lives that are – in the words of Mahbub ul Haq – ‘long, healthy and creative’. Yet almost everything that development is understood to represent appears to be in question. A sense of crisis has emerged, prompted by changing circumstances in the Global North and South, the growing impact of global financial institutions, the changing nature of conflicts, intensifying environmental threats and ideological contestation that manifests in resistance against global capitalism in its neoliberal form. More than ever before, there is growing awareness that development demands a multidimensional, holistic approach. Researchers in this program work at the points of intersection between these complex tensions. Our work is framed through an examination of the relationship between the local and the global, macro and micro policies, endogenous and exogenous development, and relationships at the centre and the periphery. With more than a decade of research and policy experience across local, national and global settings, our researchers bring a critical, vibrant and applied dimension to development research.

Publications

Brown, M. and Grenfell, D. (2017), ‘An ecology of governance: rethinking the state and political community’, in Transformations in Independent Timor-Leste, Routledge/City University of Hong Kong Southeast Asia Series, Abingdon, Oxon, UK, pp. 175-192 ISBN: 9781138691438 

Brown, M. (2017) ‘Global and National Governance’ in Ali Farazmand (ed), Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance, Springer, 

Goldsmith, A. and Harris, V. (2017), ‘International policing missions: Establishing trustworthy policing in low-trust environments’, in Trust in International Police and Justice Cooperation, Hart Publishing Limited, Oxford, UK, pp. 51-73 ISBN: 9781849467681 

Nadarajah, Y. and Grydehoj, A. (2016). Island studies as a decolonial project In: Island Studies Journal, 11, 437 – 446

Nadarajah, Y. (2016). Doing fieldwork in disaster areas – Nurturing the embodied for analytical insight In: Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, 2, 57 – 76

Warren, A. and Grenfell, D. (2017), ‘Introduction: Rethinking the evolution, the limits of sovereignty, the ethics, the politics, and humanitarian engagement of interventions in the 21st century’, in Rethinking Humanitarian Intervention in the 21st Century, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, pp. 1-13 ISBN: 9781474423816 

Projects

Art Central

This project assesses the links between policies for community cultural development, community leadership, human wellbeing and individual capabilities.

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Key People

Lead researchers

Associate Professor Yaso Nadarajah

Associate Professor Yaso Nadarajah

Associate Professor of International Development, Global, Urban and Social Studies

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Associate Professor Damian Grenfell

Associate Professor Damian Grenfell

Associate Professor, Global, Urban and Social Studies

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Mr Sam Carroll-Bell

Mr Sam Carroll-Bell

PhD candidate, International Development and Casual Academic, Global, Urban and Social Studies

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Dr Vandra Harris

Dr Vandra Harris

Program Manager of the Master of International Development, Global, Urban and Social Studies

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Dr Aiden Warren

Dr Aiden Warren

Senior Lecturer, International Relations, Global, Urban and Social Studies

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