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Global Crises and Development

The next decade and beyond are an age of global crises. This group will focus on a set of questions related to the ‘global crises’ or poly-/perma- crisis of development. The distinction is that the crises are multiple, compound and interconnected thus an inter-disciplinary and 360-degree view from around the world is required.

Core Topics

Emerging questions include:

  • What is the core crisis?
  • Are developing countries experiencing one polycrisis or many separate crises?
  • What is cause and what is a symptom?
  • Is this likely to be a long crisis?
  • Can it be fixed?
  • Is it a crisis of capitalism, a crisis of governance or a crisis of ideas or simply the ongoing day-to-day crisis for many of the world’s population? In short, whose crisis is it?
  • Who frames the crisis cause and solutions?
  • Will there be a final collapse or a long period of dystopia, dysfunctions and suffering for millions of people?

This group will also focus on the study of development within the ‘global crises’. Questions include:

  • How can research respond to the frequent, interconnected and mutually reinforcing crises the world is facing, and is likely to face in years to come?
  • How do different approaches contribute to our understanding of crises and what to do about them?
  • How can these approaches help analyse and understand the idea of crisis differently?
  • Are these interpretations in tension or are they complementary?
  • Will research be able be truly inter- and trans-disciplinary and contribute to the understanding of policy and governance challenges?

The group aims to approach the crises by building a 360-degree view with inter-disciplinary perspectives from around the world.


Andy Sumner,
King's College, London and EADI President

Karina Batthyány,
the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO) and the University of the Republic, Uruguay

Patricia Gomes,
Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA)

Brendan Howe,
the Asian Political and International Studies Association (APISA) and Ewha Women’s University, Korea

Alfredo Saad-Filho,
King’s College London

Minah Kang,
Korean Association of International Development and Cooperation (KAIDEC) and Ewha Women’s University, Korea

Sebeka Plaatje,
South African Development Studies Association (SADSA) and the University of South Africa, Pretoria

Arief Anshory Yusuf,
Padjadjaran University, Bandung, Indonesia, and the Indonesian Regional Science Association