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The Routledge Handbook of Global Development

ISBN 9780367862022
Published February 28, 2022 by Routledge
776 Pages 35 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This Handbook provides a comprehensive analysis of some of the world’s most pressing global development challenges – including how they may be better understood and addressed through innovative practices and approaches to learning and teaching.

Featuring 61 contributions from leading and emerging academics and practitioners, this multidisciplinary volume is organized into five thematic parts exploring: changes in global development financing, ideologies, norms and partnerships; interrelationships between development, natural environments and inequality; shifts in critical development challenges, and; new possibilities for positive change. Collectively, the handbook demonstrates that global development challenges are becoming increasingly complex and multi-faceted and are to be found in the Global ‘North’ as much as the ‘South’. It draws attention to structural inequality and disadvantage alongside possibilities for positive change.

The Handbook will serve as a valuable resource for students and scholars across multiple disciplines including Development Studies, Anthropology, Geography, Global Studies, Indigenous and Postcolonial Studies, Political Science, and Urban Studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction, PART 1: Changing development configurations, 1. Introduction: changing development configurations, 2. Deglobalization, 3. Retroliberalism and development, 4. Development in the Global North, 5. Debt, 6. OECD DAC development cooperation, 7. South-South Cooperation, 8. Multilateral development banks: old and new, 9. Northern and Southern non-governmental organizations, 10. Philanthropy, 11. Social enterprise and inclusive economic development, PART 2: Sustainability and the environment, 12. Introduction: sustainability and development, 13. Planetary boundaries, 14. Anthropocene, Capitalocene, and climate change, 15. More-than-human development, 16. Gender, sexuality, and environment, 17. Extractivism, 18. Resource conflict, 19. The extinction crisis, 20. Transnational environmental crime and development, 21. Indigenous rights, new technology and the environment, 22. Sustainable food systems, 23. Renewable energy, 24. Transboundary governance failures and Southeast Asia’s plastic pollution, 25. Sustainable development discourse, PART 3: Inequality and inequitable development, 26. Introduction: inequality and inequitable development, 27. Poverty: no meeting of minds, 28. Global financial systems and tax avoidance, 29. Global extractivism and inequality, 30. Spatial inequality and development, 31. Land grabbing and exclusion, 32. Forced displacement and resettlement, 33. Human mobility and climate change, 34. Educational inequality and development, 35. Gender inequality and development, 36. Gender inequality and development pedagogy, 37. Violent development in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, PART 4: Game changers of Global Development?, 38. Introduction: game changers of Global Development?, 39. COVID-19 and global health systems, 40. Health and illness, 41. Disability-inclusive development, 42 Citizenship, rights, and global development, 43. Housing and development, 44. Global value chains and development, 45. International and internal migration, 46 Forced migration and asylum seeking, 47. Development and conflict, 48. Children, youth, and development, 49. Ageing and development, PART 5: Reimagining futures, 50. Introduction: reimagining futures, 51. Finding perspective through our more-than-human kin, 52. Activism and development studies pedagogy, 53. Tensions of decolonizing development pedagogies, 54. Decolonial gender and development, 55. Community based service learning for development, 56. Capacity development and higher education, 57. Adaptive programming, politics and learning in development, 58. Southern research methodologies for development, 59. Community economies, 60. Geonarratives and countermapped storytelling, 61. Poetry as decolonial praxis

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Kearrin Sims is a lecturer in Development Studies at James Cook University, Australia.

Nicola Banks is a senior lecturer in Global Urbanism and Urban Development at the Global Development Institute, University of Manchester.

Susan Engel is an associate professor in Politics and International Studies at the University of Wollongong, Australia.

Paul Hodge is a senior lecturer in Geography and Environmental Studies at The University of Newcastle, Australia.

Jonathan Makuwira is a professor in Development Studies and Deputy Vice Chancellor of Malawi University of Science and Technology.

Naohiro Nakamura is a senior lecturer in Geography at the University of the South Pacific, Fiji.

Jonathan Rigg is a professor in Geography at the University of Bristol, UK.

Albert Salamanca is a senior research fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute’s Asia Centre, Thailand.

Pichamon Yeophantong is a senior lecturer at the University of New South Wales, Canberra.


"This path-breaking Handbook moves thinking from its conventional ‘international development’ approach to a genuinely ‘global development’ framing. Drawing on contributions from a diverse and broad-based set of authors (not just the usual suspects) it examines today’s big issues – sustainability and inequality – and explores the war of ideas that is needed if we are to reimagine and redirect human and planetary futures. The Handbook’s chapters powerfully critique the retroliberalism that shapes contemporary policy and action and introduce the reader to emancipatory and transformative ways of understanding global problems and changing what individuals, communities, businesses and states can do. This is a ‘must-have-on-my-bookshelf’ publication."

David Hulme, Professor of Development Studies at the University of Manchester, Executive Director of the Global Development Institute; CEO of the Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre, UK

"Gradual changes in the political economy of the global order and the unprecedented increase in climate, health and biodiversity risk demands a collective rethink of the fundamentals of international development. In this watershed contribution, that not only distils problems of the current development machine but charts new ways ahead, the Handbook of Global Development is provocative and inspiring. Drawing from a new generation of development leadership and foregrounding fresh voices from the across the world, the book breaks new ground by setting out new modes of thinking supranationally, alternative ways of acting on transnational grand challenges and lays out innovative teaching approaches that, taken together, reshape the paradigm of global connections and challenges."

Susan Parnell, Global Challenges Research Professor in the School of Geography at the University of Bristol and Emeritus Professor at the African Centre for Cities (ACC) at the University of Cape Town

"This is a timely and invaluable handbook for anyone working in global development, or anyone wishing to. The contexts, actors, narratives, and challenges shaping development are constantly changing. It is incumbent on all of us – from students to the more experienced – to continually consider our own practice and positionality. Are we really “doing good” for the world’s poorest and most disadvantaged? How can we do better? By taking a wide-ranging, multi-disciplinary approach, and explicitly addressing critical cross-cutting issues such as climate change, inequality and population growth, the chapters in this volume provide a rich resource to guide ongoing reflection and learning on these difficult questions. I can’t recommend it highly enough."

Praveena Gunaratnam, DrPH, Global Public Health Specialist and Human Rights Activist

 "This book is a valuable guide through a range of pressing issues for policy experts and students alike, who are grappling with the future of development from within and beyond the sector. Its established and emerging authors explore big questions like what to make of deglobalisation, changing donor systems and aid chains, and whether neoliberalism is really dead or just evolving. The book is a must-read for practitioners and scholars aiming to keep ahead of global trends, like the future of development finance and sustainable development."

Dr Amrita Malhi, Senior Advisor Geoeconomics, Save the Children

"The Routledge Handbook of Global Development stands poignantly at the cutting-edge of new thinking on challenges, prospects, possibilities, and desired development futures. Contributors have done a splendid job in bringing to the fore of academia and public policy the most recent challenges of Anthropocene and existentialism, extractivism and violence of development, migration and Covid-19, decolonization and many other topical themes; opening up important epistemological questions in the field of global development. This is a must-read Handbook and resource for scholars and policymakers alike, which fundamentally refreshes and nourishes the mind of all those who care to know the state of the world we live-in."

Professor Dr. Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni, Chair of Epistemologies of the Global South, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence, University of Bayreuth 

"This Handbook provides an invaluable resource for all those concerned with contemporary global challenges. It goes beyond the usual description of the world’s problems to address head on the ways in which these can be addressed through pedagogy, policy and practice. Importantly, in making a critical intervention into a field that is currently in flux it reveals shifting geographies of power and global relations. This truly international and interdisciplinary volume includes contributions from leading scholars in their field that illuminate the multiple influences and dynamics of contemporary development thinking and practice. It moves beyond despondency, to provide innovative and more hopeful engagements with global concerns, ones that can work towards advancing more equitable and sustainable futures. This Handbook encourages us to reflect more deeply on the ideologies and practices that have for so long characterised international development and development studies."

Professor Uma Kothari, Professor of Migration and Postcolonial Studies, Global Development Institute, University of Manchester, UK