1st Edition

Polycrisis and Economic Development in the Global South

Edited By Hebatallah Adam, Ravinder Rena Copyright 2025
    300 Pages 40 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Global polycrisis refers to the simultaneous occurrence of multiple interconnected crises. It is marked by the convergence and interaction of combined events, such as geopolitical tensions, economic instability, environmental degradation, public health emergencies, and social disturbance. In this context, this book explores the challenges and opportunities encountered by the Global South amid political instability, climate change, humanitarian crises, technological advancements, and regional cooperation.

    The book adopts a multidisciplinary framework, integrating theoretical studies with empirical cases from various southern regions in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. This approach helps to foster an in-depth understanding of the complex challenges associated with development in these regions. The book emphasises the perspectives and experiences of Global South countries, providing a platform for their voices to be heard. This allows readers to gain a more nuanced understanding of the unique contexts, perspectives, and successful experiences of countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Furthermore, it investigates issues such as governance, security, migration, development, and emergent technologies, illuminates the role of regional organisations in fostering regional integration, peace, and stability and ultimately, provides a comprehensive and refined analysis of the Global South that challenges prevalent stereotypes and offers new perspectives on the world's complex realities today.  It includes case studies that enhance the practical relevance of the book, offering real-world examples that illustrate the theoretical concepts and highlighting successful approaches to addressing development challenges.

    The book will appeal to scholars, researchers and students interested in comprehending and addressing the challenges encountered by the Global South in a time of global polycrisis.

    Introduction Part I: The Development Paradox: Models of Development in the Global South in a World of Polycrisis 1.Interrogating the Role of Colonialism and Deculturation in the Sustained Underdevelopment of the Global South Stanley Timeyin Ohenhen and Princewill Chukwuma Abakporo 2. The Resource Curse and the World Commodity Boom: Modern Chances to Overcome and Traps in the Global South Countries Julia Kovalchuk and Petr Kasatkin 3. Migration and Brain Drain: Balancing Human Capital Gains and Losses in the Global South Anushka Lydia Issac and Smita Tripathi Part II.  Political Instability, Conflict and the Global South 4. Internally Displaced Persons and Economic Vulnerability in Developing Countries: Some Policy Implications Muhammad Ramzan Sheikh, Sana Sultan, and Irfan Hussain 5. Herdsmen-Farmer Conflict-Induced Internal Displacement, Humanitarian Crisis, And Effects on Development in Benue State-Nigeria Rita Iorbo 6. The Afghan Conundrum: ‘Just’ War, Fragmented Sovereignties, & Political Double Binds Ambreen Agha 7. Impact of the Cross-Strait Relations Tensions on Global South: The Case of China and Taiwan Manoj Kumar Panigrahi Part III.  Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability in the Global South 8. Gender-Just Transition and Green Growth Nexus: Perspectives from Africa Hebatallah Adam 9. Climate Crisis and its Impact on the Global South: The Case of Brazil and India Priti Agarwal 10. Does the Global South's Economic Complexity and Environmental Policy Stringency Affect Its Carbon Footprint? Nupur Nirola and Arth Agarwal 11. Climate Change and Living Conditions in the Global South: Evidence from Dynamic Panel Data Ambrose Nnaemeka OMEJE, Ravinder Rena, and Ikenna Paulinus NWODO Part IV.  Technological Advancements and Digital Divides in the Global South 12. Digital Divide: Understanding the Disparities between Global North and Global South Igor M. Stepnov, Petr I. Kasatkin and Tatiana V. Kole-snikova 13. Examining the Interplay Between Technology and Trade in South Countries Through a Structural Gravity Model Estimation Mamta Kumari Part V.  Regional Cooperation and Integration Among Regions of the Global South 14. Global Partnerships for a Sustainable Future: China's Role in Latin America's Energy Rafael Ferraz dos Santos, Victor Hugo Souza de Abreu, Sandra Oda, and Andrea Souza Santos 15. Foreign Direct Investment and Economic Development: The Case of Global South Economies Ash Narayan Sah and Avisha Malik Part VI.  Global South Countries' Perspectives and Experiences 16. Post-Pandemic Polycrises in Malaysia: A Bibliometric Review Stephen T Homer 17. India’s Quest for Leadership of Global SouthDebendra Sahu 18. Postcolonial Urbanism: Making and Unmaking of World-Class City in Amaravati Maanvender Singh, Bikku, Aqsa Agha, Ugen Bhutia, and Chandna Deka


    Hebatallah Adam is a Professor of Economics, Founder and Director of Jindal Centre for the Global South (JCGS) at Jindal School of International Affairs (JSIA), O.P. Jindal Global University, Haryana, India.

    Ravinder Rena is a Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Management Sciences, Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa.