Dossier on the Future of Development Studies

Development Studies is no longer solely about studying the poor in underdeveloped countries,  but about analysing the development perspectives of socioeconomically, culturally and politically marginalized people in both low- and middle-income countries. The focus has shifted towards analysing the unequal distribution of global public goods, and the disproportional impact that environmental degradation and climate change are having on the most vulnerable groups.

The global power dynamics have shifted, and traditional development themes have become intersected by a broad range of global issues. While these changes are certainly not new, the field of development studies has, according to the plenary session’s participants [at the EADI 14th General Conference], been insufficiently able to respond to them. Now, more than ever, it needs to redefine its identity and set clear boundaries for what it should and should not do.

(The Broker reporting from the EADI General Conference 2014: Responsible Development in a Polycentric World. Inequality, Citizenship and the Middle Classes)

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Publications on the Future of Development Studies

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Videos & Podcasts on the Future of Development Studies

EADI Resources

EADI Policy Paper Series by Gilles Carbonnier and Tiina Kontinen:
North-South Research Partnership. Academia Meets Development? (2014)

EADI Vision Paper:
Development Studies, Accreditation and EADI (2005)

Discussion Paper (Juhani Koponen, Tiina Kontinen):
Rethinking development studies (2004)

Country Profiles (from 2005):
Czech Republic, Poland, United Kingdom