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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 Economies
  • Natural Resources and Emerging Economies
  • Gender Relations in Emerging Economies
  • Private Sector Development in Emerging Economies
Political Institutions in Emerging Economies

This research cluster explores the motivations and strategies of key development actors, in the government and the private sphere, the formal and informal institutions they build and maintain, how it affects the policy making process and how it shapes policy outcomes. Some of the themes include but are not limited to privatization, trade and industrial policy, technological and innovation policies, the political management of public finances, and corruption, transparency and accountability. 

Contact

Andres Mejia Acosta

Staff

Ingrid Bleynat

Eduardo J. Gomez

Nahee Kang

Peter Kingstone

Robert Picciotto

Research students

Maria Sol Parrales Lopez

Kahee Jo

Artur Borkowski

Susanne Mulbah

Sofia Gonzalez De Aguinaga

Raul Aldaz Pena

Lukas Schlögl

Poverty, Inequality and the New Middle Classes in 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.

Contact

Andy Sumner

Staff

Ingrid Bleynat

Eduardo J. Gomez

Paul Segal

Susan Fairley Murray

Jelke Boesten

John Taylor

Research students

Ben Hunter

Lukas Schlögl

Dharendra Wardhana

Natural Resources and 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?

Contact

Paul Segal

Staff 

Andres Mejia Acosta

Research students

Paul Benfield

Barney Walsh

Ifesinachi Okafor-Yarwood

Raul Aldaz Pena

Susanne Mulbah

Moustapha Doukoure

Gender Relations 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.

Contact

Jelke Boesten

Staff

Susan Fairley Murray

Research students

Dharendra Wardhana

Kim Beecheno

Private Sector Development in Emerging Economies

The private sector accounts for many of the jobs, investment, and trade in emerging economies and firms from such countries are learning how to compete with larger and more established firms from the developed world. This research cluster studies the dynamics of private sector development, examining the links between macroeconomic phenomena, such as market liberalization, government policies, and firm behaviour.

Contact

Luciano Ciravegna

Staff

Nahee Kang

Peter Kingstone

Susan Fairley Murray

Research students

Sheik Naveed Ahmed

Moustapha Doukoure

Sofia Gonzalez De Aguinaga

Artur Borkowski

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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