Research at the department seeks to explore two key poles of development: inclusive development, i.e. the policies, politics and economics of ensuring that the broad population share in the benefits of growth and wealth; and national development, i.e. the policies, politics and economics of promoting and sustaining economic growth. Under these broad areas the research of the Institute’s staff focuses around the DID research clusters. These research clusters contribute to an understanding of the larger, unifying question of how economies/societies move from lower-value added, less durable and less inclusive modes of economic and political organization to higher value-added, durable, and broadly inclusive modes. The clusters are:
Political Institutions in Emerging Economies
Poverty, Inequality and the New Middle Classes in Emerging
- Political Institutions in Emerging Economies
- Poverty, Inequality and the New Middle Classes in Emerging Economies
- Natural Resources and Emerging Economies
- Gender Relations in Emerging Economies
- Private Sector Development in Emerging Economies
Natural Resources and Emerging Economies
This research cluster is focused on the issues of poverty and inequality in middle-income countries and in particular the new and emerging lower middle classes who are likely to be vulnerable to economic slows downs pushing them back towards poverty. The cluster focuses on such issues as the social and political implications of poverty in middle-income countries, contested changes in global inequality as a result of growth in emerging economies and the social and political implications of the emerging lower middle classes.
Eduardo J. Gomez
Susan Fairley Murray
Gender Relations in Emerging Economies
This research cluster is concerned with how high primary commodity prices are both driven by the growth of emerging economies, and are yielding unprecedented natural resource revenues for many emerging economies. How do resource-rich countries manage these revenues, economically and politically? Who benefits from them? Do they consolidate economic development and democracy, or do they undermine them?
Andres Mejia Acosta
Raul Aldaz Pena
Private Sector Development in Emerging Economies
This cluster asks in what way gendered configurations of power influence development processes and social policy and vice versa. Changing gender relations are likely to shape local and global economies as well as politics, while such changes are fomented both from below (through activism and local and transnational movements) and above (through gender planning and law reform). IDI research takes a feminist analysis of such processes from an interdisciplinary perspective.
Susan Fairley Murray