Development Studies – Past, Present and Future

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Edited by: Alia Aghajanian and Jeremy Allouche
May 2016
Volume 47 Issue 2

At 50 years old, the Institute of Development Studies is ‘looking back, in order to look forward so too this IDS Bulletin aims to trace the history of certain topics in development studies by bringing together two generations of scholars – Research Fellows and students – to provide insight to our rich past and promising future. The nine articles in this issue represent this collaboration and consider the larger picture: Where is development studies today? Where has it come from? And what role have specific fields of research played in the development of development studies? Such an issue is certainly an ambitious task, since ideas in development theory and practice cannot be divorced from the broader assumptions, aspirations and beliefs of any given era.

Each article in this IDS Bulletin speaks to how topics in development studies have critically challenged the existing paradigms, particularly on expanding the focus of development from the ‘South’ to a universal approach. They all explore the intersectionality of different aspects to development, say the intersection of climate change and poverty, race and inequality, cities and violence. And also, reflective of the multidisciplinary approach to development in this issue, a wide range of topics are presented – from gender to urban violence to agriculture input subsidies – documenting how each of these have been tackled using a wide range of research tools, from ethnographies to econometric analysis.

 

Alia Aghajanian, Jeremy Allouche
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Melissa Leach
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Alia Aghajanian, Jeremy Allouche
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Richard Jolly, Ricardo Santos
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Tamahi Kato, Martin Greeley
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Rachel Godfrey-Wood, Lars Otto Naess
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Stephen Devereux, Ana Solórzano
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Jaideep Gupte, Hadeer Elshafie
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Maro Pantazidou, John Gaventa
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Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed, Jenny Edwards
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Naysan Adlparvar, Mariz Tadros
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Hani Morsi, Alison Norwood
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Jeremy Allouche
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