Development in Practice Books

Series Editor: Brian Pratt

Each title in the Development in Practice Books series offers a focused overview of practice-relevant analysis, experience, and research on key topics in development.


Development in Practice is one of the few internationally respected development journals that publishes articles that draw on credible research that informs practice and is written in such a way as engages practitioners – i.e. praxis. I write this as an academic and with feeling.

John Hailey, Professor at Cass Business School, City University London, UK

Development in Practice is at the interface between those who do development and those who write and research it. This is a vital space for interaction. I find myself several times a year informing graduating students, whether doctoral or masters, about the journal, and some of these send in articles. The practice of sending academic articles to practitioners and vice versa helps to maintain this space as a unique one between the worlds of practice and scholarship. No other journal I know in the field has a similar remit. Thus Development in Practice maintains the profile of the kinds of development practices and questions that more scholarly journals think are too 'general' or too 'specific' or not 'theoretical' enough. It thus maintains a dialogue at the interface of practice and research. This is really indispensable in a field like international development studies, where the pressure to become academically 'rigorous' and 'theoretically challenging' can end up pulling research away from practices on the ground, and the daily development struggles of those in the 'frontline' whether in policy or in application in specific local contexts.

Helen Hintjens, Institute of Social Studies, the Netherlands

Development in Practice is so highly regarded by some of the world's leading development thinkers that they publish their work in it. Present an activist, a practitioner and key influencers in policy institutions with a list of Development in Practice articles and it's likely they have read more than one - ask anyone who teaches development what their students have most enthusiastically read and quoted, including students on short courses from government institutions as well as those on secondment from NGOs, and chances are Development in Practice will feature in their top ten. Pieces like Sarah White's article on participation, for example, have inspired thousands of practitioners who were struggling to match their experiences with the rhetoric about participation. This is what makes this a journal of choice for those who want to communicate with the audiences of people who shape development.

Andrea Cornwall, Professorial Fellow, IDS, UK