We have a different agenda to traditional development studies in the UK and wider afield. In keeping with our origins as a King’s Global Institute, our department specifically focuses on middle-income developing countries and ‘emerging economies’ – the fast growing economies where foreign aid is largely irrelevant.
Our research seeks to explore critical perspectives on economic growth, modernisation and ‘progress’. We aim to do so by exploring context-specific economic, social and political change in these countries rather than applying prescriptive models of development.
We pursue this through consideration of two key poles of development:
- inclusive development: the policies, politics and economics of ensuring the broad population share in the benefits of growth and wealth
- national development: the policies, politics and economics of promoting and sustaining economic development within a global context.
Our research expertise spans political science, sociology, social anthropology, development economics, history, geography and management. Meanwhile, our work has received financial support from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Medical Research Council (MRC), Department for International Development (DfID), Wellcome Trust, Leverhulme Trust, and British Academy, amongst others.nWe also have strong regional expertise and collaborations in China, India, Latin America and Southeast Asia.
Our staff and international collaborators focus around a set of research groups. These groups contribute to an understanding of how societies move towards more inclusive modes of economic, social and political development, and what holds this back.