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CDS Update

Welcome to the quarterly round-up of CDS activities, now being circulated to more than 750 colleagues and alumni. With many of us continuing to work mostly from home, it has been even harder than usual to keep track of the teaching and research activities of the Centre’s 57 staff and affiliated members. It has been harder still to keep up with the development-related research of more than fifty doctoral students, a hundred plus master’s students, and the 174 BSc in International Development with Economics students, currently studying at the University of Bath. Therefore, the contents of this newsletter represent a limited sample of a thriving hub of activity.
 
As of yesterday CDS had 1,542 followers on Twitter, thanks especially to Jordan Rydlewski, who is coming to the end of her turn as our Research & Communication Assistant. She is just one of more than forty International Development postgraduate students undertaking internships or ‘practicums’ this year. We are also delighted to announce the launch of the Bath Research into Development Fund (BRID) Fund, generously funded by an alumnus, which will finance up to six postgraduate practicums per year over the next three years, along with two undergraduate placements per year, and grants for doctoral field work, conference attendance and policy engagement. The BRID Fund will also support our recruitment of a sixth CDS Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA).

On 27 May CDS staff joined friends and family of Shahid Perwez in a memorial meeting to commemorate his life, cruelly cut short by Covid-19. Shahid worked with CDS from 2012-14 as the first PDRA and together with Susan Johnson produced the first of these newsletters. He may be only one of many taken by the pandemic but his death links CDS, in a very personal way, to the tragedy of it and to the task of throwing light on the wider processes of discrimination and injustice it reveals.

Last but not least, I’m happy to report that from August the role of CDS Director will become a job-share between myself and Michael Bloomfield, the hope being that this will help us better to realise the Centre’s full potential.

James Copestake (Director)
CDS Out and About
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Yixian Sun organised a mini-conference on ‘Development Finance in a Changing Global Context’ at the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics 2021 Conference, 2-5 July. In June, Yixian presented a paper on ‘Mask diplomacy?’: China’s COVID-19 aid and its changing role in international development’ at the DSA Annual Conference. He was also a panellist on a Global Goals webinar on ‘SDG Impact Assessment Implementing Sustainable Development Goals at Multiple Levels.’ In April, Yixian presented a paper on ‘The many aspects of sustainability governance: Unpacking consumers’ support for tea standards in China and the UK’ and ‘Greening China’s Belt and Road Initiative: From Norm Localization to Norm Subsidiarity’ at the International Studies Associations Annual Conference. Recently, Yixian recently discussed his research in a Sweaty Penguin podcast on ‘Tea’ and The Ecopolitics Podcast exploring ‘Great Power Politics and the Environment’.
 
Aurelie Charles has been accepted as a Research Fellow at the Earth System Governance, which is the largest social science research network in the area of governance and global environmental change. Aurelie has also been appointed as a Climate Outreach Public Engagement Ambassador for the University of Bath, leading up to the COP26 meetings.
 
Rosana Pinheiro-Machado and team have started fieldwork in Brazil for the project ‘New Consumer Cultures in the Global South’, funded by the Australian Research Council. Cristina Marins who is a Visiting Research Fellow at CDS, is working in collaboration with Rosana. In June, Rosana gave a Public Anthropology talk titled ‘From hope to hate: The rise of conservative subjectivity in Brazil’, at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. In May, Rosana gave an invited talk at the Brazilian Sciences Academy. Through the summer, Rosana will continue working with the NGO Article 19 to assess the Human rights infringements in the right to protest in Latin America. From 1st September Rosana and CDS will host three Brazilian PhD students as Visiting Research Fellows. In November, Rosana will give keynote talks at two conferences at the University of Queensland, Australia and Mecila, Germany.
 
Cynthia Kamwengo is supporting the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate to produce a paper on the potential for triangular co-operation with African countries. Cynthia was recently awarded a grant from the Development Studies Association (DSA) ECR Fund to support ‘Rethinking the Teaching of African Development Studies in UK Higher Education’. This is a collaborative project with Ben Radley, which during the 2021/2 academic year, will use student engagement and cross-cultural collaborative learning between academics to deconstruct and reconstruct the literatures and methodologies used to study and describe African countries. Specific focus will be on how academics can move away from the tendency to engage in deficit theorizing about African countries, by highlighting African literatures, innovations and successful policy lessons.
 
Ben Radley has signed a book contract with Oxford University Press for ‘Disrupted Development in the Congo: The Fragile Foundations of the African Mining Consensus’, due for publication in December 2022. Ben recently gave a presentation on his forthcoming manuscript to the PoLIS Research Seminar Series at the University of Bath. Ben has also given presentations on his research on the economic challenges and opportunities related to the renewable energy transition in Africa to the Sussex Energy Group at the University of Sussex and the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS). In May, Ben became a contributing editor for the journal Review of African Political Economy. In April, ROAPE published his interview with Congolese historian Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja reflecting on his political activism and scholarly work. The Conversation has also published Ben’s article on how foreign corporations and the state collude to stifle local capital accumulation and innovation in the mining sector in DR Congo.
 
Tigist Grieve was co-convenor of a round-table discussion on education and poverty as part of the Bristol Poverty Institute Conference, ‘Poverty and the Sustainable Development Goals: From the Local to the Global’, 27-29 April. Following the event, Tigist and colleagues published a blog on ‘Critical perspectives on Education and Poverty: Extending the Discussion’. Tigist has also written about UK aid cuts: a serious implication for the commitment made at the ICPD25 Nairobi Summit. On 15th June, Tigist was a witness at an International Development Committee meeting where she discussed the philosophy of aid and racism in the aid sector. Watch it here on Parliament TV.
 
Max Nino-Zarazua will be working over the summer with Jessica Reyes and Juan Carlos Romero Contreras (visiting students from the Autonomous National University of Mexico) to review progress on the Maya Declaration. This includes, reflecting on how access to financial services has influenced national capability to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic around the world. The Maya Declaration was signed by nearly a hundred developing and emerging countries on 28th September 2011 in Riviera Maya, Mexico. It represents a collective commitment to achieving universal and responsible access to financial services.
 
Ana Cecilia Dinerstein gave a keynote speech on 'The art of organising hope and international solidarity’ during the closing session of  the BUKO Network congress ‘Limits, possibilities and perspectives of global change and global solidarity to build a better practice’, Berlin, Germany. Ana was the panel convenor at the Global Tapestry of Alternatives Conference: Campus for Climate Action - Alternatives to Crisis hosted by Bath Spa University from May 10th to 12th. In April, Ana gave an invited talk on ‘Situating the decolonial in the global politics of hope’, during a roundtable discussion on Decolonising knowledge and participatory methodologies: framing the debate at the Epistemologies of the South, Knowledge Democracy and Participatory Research Conference hosted by CTPSR at Coventry University. Ana also gave a public lecture on ‘Prefiguration and hope: Utopia beyond Development’ on the advanced study course ‘Rethinking Development: Radical Alternatives and Concrete Utopias’, convened by the Department of Social Science and Business at Roskilde University, Denmark.
 
James Copestake gave a presentation with Fiona Remnant and Steve Powell titled ‘Causal mapping for evaluators: approaches, tools, controversies’ at the UK Evaluation Society Annual Conference in May. Causal Map was awarded the 2021 Ipsos Mori prize for Methodological Innovation in Evaluation. In June, James, Aurelie Larquemin and Rebekah Avard gave a presentation titled ‘Earn more, save more, borrow less? Evidence from rural Ghana on a microfinance ‘plus’ strategy to build women’s resilience to COVID and other shocks,’ at the DSA Annual Conference. Meanwhile, Bath SDR has kept busy with planned and ongoing QuIP studies in Ghana, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, UK and Zimbabwe. Online training was conducted for QuIP lead evaluators and analysts using Causal Map. Becky Huovinen (who secured her PhD  in development studies from Bath in 2014) has joined the core staff team.
 
Severine Deneulin is leaving the University of Bath to take up a new position at the Oxford Department of International Development and the Laudato Si’ Research Institute, Campion Hall, University of Oxford, where she will pursue research on the dialogue between development studies and religious traditions. Séverine will continue to teach and supervise students on the Professional Doctorate in Policy Research and Practice (DPRP) programme at the University of Bath.
PGR News
Saori Murakami was awarded a PhD in June, entitled ‘How can injustice be reduced in practice? A philosophical and empirical exploration of ways to promote justice.’ It was supervised by Sarah White and Aurelie Charles.

Ignacio Franco Vega has passed his PhD confirmation viva. His research titled, ‘How to promote condom us in Hostales in Lima: an experimental approach,’ is supervised by Melanie Channon and Eleonora Fichera. Vibhor Mathur also passed his PhD confirmation viva for his research titled, ‘Exploring the impact of an unconditional basic income on (un)freedom, (in)dignity and decent work with waste pickers in Hyderabad India,’ supervised by Neil Howard and Joe Devine.
 
DPRP student Sue Godt presented findings from her research to the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) on 21 May titled ‘Evolving political economy of development: global corporate provision of basic health and education services.’ She also contributed a piece to the March edition of Dawn Informs, entitled ‘Corporate Penetration of Basic Health and Education Service Delivery’. In June, MSc Humanitarianism, Conflict & Development student Sam Nadel discussed the UK government’s proposed cuts to foreign aid cuts on BBC News, in his role as Head of Policy & Advocacy at Oxfam.
 
CDS Events
CDS and the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTSPR) at Coventry University co-hosted a webinar on ‘Development Failures, Hidden Conflicts’ on 21 April.  Oliver Walton chaired the webinar where Gordon Crawford, James Kiven Kewir and Zainab Mai-Bornu explored the relationship between conflict and development, with examples from Nigeria, the Central African Republic and Cameroon.
 
CDS hosted a webinar on 12 March to launch a report on 'The Sustainable Development Goals and the University of Bath: An opportunity,' which makes eight specific recommendations on how the University of Bath can further align itself with the United Nations SDGs. Speakers at the webinar were Judith Randel (Development Initiatives) and the three authors of the report - Nicki Schantz, Aurelie Charles and James Copestake.   
Publications
Charles, A. and Sguotti, D. 2021. Sustainable Earnings: How Can Herd Behavior in Financial Accumulation Feed into a Resilient Economic System? Sustainability, Vol. 13(11): 5776.

Deneulin, S. 2020. ‘Religion and the Capability Approach’, in S. Osmani, M. Qizilbash and E. Chiappero-Martinetti (eds), The Cambridge Handbook of the Capability Approach, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 686-705.

Deneulin, S. 2021. Human Development and the Catholic Social Tradition: Towards an Integral Ecology. Religion and Development Research Series. Abingdon: Routledge.

Deneulin, S. Forthcoming. ‘Religion and Development: Integral Ecology and the Catholic Church Amazon Synod’, Third World Quarterly.

Dinerstein, A.C. 2021. The rising Green Tide, Fighting reproductive rights in Argentina, Radical Ecological Democracy.

Emanuelsson, E.A.C., Charles, A., Shivaprasad, P., 2021. A Regenerative Business Model with Flexible, Modular and Scalable Processes in A Post-Covid Era: The Case of The Spinning Mesh Disc Reactor (SMDR). Sustainability, Vol. 13: 6944.

Fesenfeld, L.P., Sun, Y., Wicki, M. and Bernauer, T. 2021. The Role and Limits of Strategic Framing for Promoting Sustainable Consumption and Policy, Global Environmental Change, 68: 102266.

Goodhand, J., Walton, O., Rai, J. and Karn, S., 2021. Marginal gains: borderland dynamics, political settlements, and shifting centre-periphery relations in post-war Nepal. Contemporary South Asia, pp.1-19.

Lauber, K., Rutter, H. and Gilmore, A.B. 2021. Big food and the World Health Organization: a qualitative study of industry attempts to influence global-level non-communicable disease policy, BMJ Global Health, 6: e005216.

Le Bourdon, M. 2021. Feeling global belonging: Sensorial experiences in global education. International Journal of Development Education and Global Learning, Vol. 13 (1), 32–45.

Matthes, B.K., Lauber, K., Zatoński, M., Robertson, L. and Gilmore, A.B. 2021. Developing more detailed taxonomies of tobacco industry political activity in low-income and middle-income countries: qualitative evidence from eight countries, BMJ Global Health, 6:e004096.

McGrath, S. and Deneulin, S. Forthcoming. ‘Education for Just Transitions Lifelong Learning and the 30th Anniversary Human Development Report’, International Review of Education.

Pinheiro-Machado, R. 2021. Girl, did you get home safely?: Care and safety for women in protests in Latin America, Article 19.

Pinheiro‐Machado, R. and Scalco, L. 2021. Humanising fascists? Nuance as an anthropological responsibility. Social Anthropology. Vol. 29 (2).

van der Ven, H., Sun, Y. and Cashore, B. 2021. Sustainable Commodity Governance and the Global South, Ecological Economics, Vol. 186: 107062.
CDS Blogs
On unpredictability: a call for solidarity by Joel Lazarus

Can we really grow our way out of the ecological crisis? by Nick Langridge

Losing our way, learning how others explain change, and planning a new book… by James Copestake
 
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