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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
. 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.
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.
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.