Welcome to CGD

We are the focal point for research and engagement with the politics of global development at the University of Leeds

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Research with impact

We are engaged in wide range of interdisciplinary and applied research on the most pressing global development challenges

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Working in partnership

We partner with a wide range of networks and organisations critically engaged with the politics of global development and the possibility of 'just' transformations for the future.

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Our Work

The Centre for Global Development was established in 1984 as an interdisciplinary network, integrating research and expertise across the University of Leeds, addressing the transformation of human societies in response to critical global challenges such as poverty, inequality and climate change.

We are now a hub for research and engagement on the politics of global development, rooted in the School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS).  We form one of the central pillars of our School’s aim to address the politics of global challenges.  We engage with critical understandings of past, present and future global transformations from the local to the global scale.  Intellectually we are unified by a commitment to analysing how politics and power produce and perpetuate multiple intersecting inequalities, as well as exploring  ideas and practices of ‘just’ transformations in human societies.

This work is rooted in critical development studies and the political economy of development.  We are no longer specifically focused on ‘developing’ countries or the ‘Global South’:  the interconnected challenges of poverty, inequality and climate change demand global understandings.

CGD has a long history of interdisciplinarity and membership is open across the University of Leeds.  Our core membership is in POLIS  in the social sciences and in critical development studies, but the nature of development studies means that we rarely work in isolation.  We actively seek collaboration between the natural and physical sciences, engineering, medical sciences and the humanities. Our researchers are actively involved in collaborations and partnerships with external agencies such as the UN, national governments, NGOs and civil society organisations.

 

POLIS is home to the British Journal of Politics and International Relations (BJPIR). Affiliated CGD staff Dr. Emma-Louise Anderson – is one of the five lead editors alongside Derek Edyvane, Jack Holland, Victoria Honeyman and Richard Hayton. CGD members – Alexander Beresford, Viktoria Spaiser, Yoshiharu Kobayashi and Markus Fraudorfer –  are among the team of Associate Editors. The vision is for BJPIR to be at the forefront of efforts to understand and address the politics of global challenges including the climate emergency, health, environmental change, resources, energy, rising inequalities and (in)security.

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The Food Systems Research Network for Africa (FSNet-Africa) is hosting this year’s second Summer School at the University of Leeds ...

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Dr Markus Fraundorfer talks climate crisis on a new episode of the Ilkley Literature Festival's Settee Seminars podcast series.

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CGD PGR Mariam Zaquout discusses her article published in Third World Quarterly discusses the experiences of emptiers from diverse socio-economic,...

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Dr Lata Narayanaswamy speaks with Imogen Foulkes in a new episode of the Inside Geneva podcast, and is featured in a written article on the conversation.

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Please join us on Thursday 17th November, 2pm (GMT) when Dr Sandra Bhatasara (University of Zimbabwe) will be in conversation...

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Please join us on Wednesday 16th November 15:30 – 17:15 for a research seminar on ‘Protecting the Amazon Rainforest: A...

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Please join us for this RiDNet brownbag career development workshop on ‘Career Opportunities with Research (beyond academia)‘. We will host Ruth...

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water@leeds recently published an article in the One Earth Journal showcasing a list of six priority global water research themes...

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