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The Routledge Handbook of Global Development

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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 60 contributions from leading academics and practitioners, this multidisciplinary volume is organised 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

Global development

Kearrin Sims, Nicola Banks, Susan Engel, Paul Hodge, Jonathan Makuwira, Naohiro Nakamura, Jonathan Rigg, Albert Salamanca, and Pichamon Yeophantong

Part 1: Changing development configurations

Susan Engel and Kearrin Sims

1. Introduction: changing development configurations

Susan Engel and Kearrin Sims

2. Deglobalisation

Walden Bello

3. Retroliberalism

Warwick E Murray and John Overton

4. Development in the Global North

Etienne Nel

5. Debt

Éric Toussaint

6. OECD DAC Development Cooperation

Heiner Janus

7. South-South Cooperation

Laura Trajber Waisbich and Emma Mawdsley

8. Multilateral Development Banks

Susan Engel and Patrick Bond

9. Northern and Southern NGOs

Nicola Banks and Badru Bukenya

10. Philanthropy

Linsey McGoey

11. Social Enterprise and development

Narayan Gopalkrishnan and Hurriyet Babacan

Part 2: Sustainability and the environment

Albert Salamanca and Pichamon Yeophantong

12. Introduction: sustainability and the environment

Albert Salamanca and Pichamon Yeophantong

13. Planetary boundaries

Ilan Kelman

14. Anthropocene, Capitalocene and climate change

Antonio G.M. La Viña and Jameela Joy M. Reyes

15. More-than-Human development

Andrew McGregor and Ashraful Alam

16. Gender and the environment

Susie Jolly

17. Extractivism

Henry Veltmeyer

18. Resource conflict and development

Feifei Cai and Pichamon Yeophantong

19. The extinction crisis

Hilary Whitehouse

20. Transnational environmental crime and development

Lorraine Elliott

21. Indigenous rights, new technology and the environment

Mia Chung and Pyrou Chung

22. Sustainable food systems

Sango Mahanty

23. Renewable energy

Eko Priyo Purnomo, Aqil Teguh Fathani and Abitassha Az Zahra

24. Transboundary Governance Failures of Southeast Asia’s Plastic Pollution

Danny Marks

25. Sustainable development discourse

Thomas McNamara

Part 3: Inequality and inequitable development

Jonathan Rigg and Kearrin Sims

26. Introduction: inequality and inequitable development

Kearrin Sims and Jonathan Rigg

27. Poverty and poverty lines

Jonathan Rigg and Kearrin Sims

28. Global financial systems and tax avoidance

Rachel Etter-Phoya, Moran Harari, Markus Meinzer, and Miroslav Palanský

29. Global extractivism and inequality

Etienne Roy Grégoire and Pascale Hatcher

30. Spatial inequality and development

Edo Andriesse and Kristian Saguin

31. Land grabbing and exclusion

Philip Hirsch

32. Forced Displacement and Resettlement

Diana Suhardiman

33. Human mobility and climate change

Andreas Neef and Lucy Benge

34. Educational inequality and development

Youyenn Teo

35. Gender inequality and development

Archana Preeti Voola and Bina Fernandez

36. Gender inequality and development pedagogy

Sara N. Amin, Christian Girard and Domenica Gisella Calabrò

37. Violent development in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

Anna Hayes and Kearrin Sims

Part 4: Game Changers?

Nicola Banks, Jonathan Makuwira and Kearrin Sims

38. Introduction: Game changers

Nicola Banks and Jonathan Makuwira

39. COVID-19 and global health systems

Stephanie M. Topp

40. Health and Illness

Pranee Liamputtong and Zoe Sanipreeya Rice

41. Disability-inclusive development

Jonathan Makuwira

42. Citizenship, rights and global development

Diana Mitlin, Jack Makau, Sophie King and Tom Gillespie

43. Housing and development

Poonam Pritika Devi and Naohiro Nakamura

44. Global value chains and development

Aarti Krishnan

45. International and internal migration

Tanja Bastia and Ron Skeldon

46. Forced migration and asylum seeking

Joseph Besigye Bazirake and Carolina Suransky

47. Development and conflict

Jessica R. Hawkins

48. Children, youth and development

Vandra Harris Agisilaou

49. Ageing and development

Penny Vera-Sanso

Part 5: Reimagining Futures

Paul Hodge and Naohiro Nakamura

50. Introduction: reimagining futures

Paul Hodge and Naohiro Nakamura

51. Finding perspective through More-than-Human kin

Michelle Bishop and Lauren Tynan

52. Activism and development studies pedagogy

Tolu Muliaina

53. Tensions of Indigenous-led development pedagogy

Bernard Kelly-Edwards, Kevin Gavi Duncan, and Paul Hodge

54. Decolonial gender and development

Yvonne Underhill-Sem

55. Community based service learning for development

Kate Lloyd, Laura Hammersley and Rebecca Bilous

56. Capacity development and Higher Education

Krishna Kumar Kotra and Naohiro Nakamura

57. Adaptive programming, politics and learning in development

Aidan Craney, Lisa Denney, David Hudson and Ujjwal Krishna

58. Southern research methodologies for development

Johanna Brugman Alvarez and Leakhana Kol

59. Community Economies

Jenny Cameron and Isaac Lyne

60. Geonarratives and countermapping

Joseph Palis

61. Poetry as decolonial practice

Sarah Wright

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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 the Wollongong, Australia.

Paul Hodge is 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 


"With the globalization of negative externalities in development and the widening gap between the North and the South, challenges such as climate change, poverty, financial instability, and the COVID-19 pandemic have come to pose serious threats to human, national and global security. This Handbook presents a collection of very insightful ideas and perspectives on how to address these challenges. Combining theoretical analyses of these cross-cutting problems with practical pedagogies, the Handbook will be of extreme interest to students seeking a better understanding of contemporary global development."

Professor Jiyong Jin, Professor of Political Science and Deputy Dean, School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Shanghai International Studies University


"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