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Paper 1: Development Economics

Co-ordinator: Dr Ha-Joon Chang

This paper focuses on: the goals and measurement of development; different approaches to development economics; the international economy, globalisation and developing countries; theories of the market and the state; theories of growth, structural change, and technical progress; industrialisation and trade strategies; poverty and income distribution; finance and corporate governance; and the development experiences of different regions.

Assessment is by means of one 4000-word essay and one two-hour examination.

Indicative reading:

  • Chang, H.-J., Kicking away the ladder: development strategy in historical perspective, Anthem Press, 2002.
  • Chang, H.-J., (ed.), Rethinking development economics, Anthem Press, 2003.
  • Kozul-Wright, R. & Rayment, P., The Resistible Rise of Market Fundamentalism, Zed Press, 2007.
  • Stiglitz, J.E., Making Globlization Work, Allen Lane, 2006.
  • Wolf, M., Why Globalization Works, Yale University Press, 2004.


Paper 2: Institutions and Development

Co-ordinator: Dr Shailaja Fennell

This paper explores the role of institutions in human development. The course is devised using a wide canvas with the intention of exploring the manner in which institutions have been conceptualised and analysed across individual disciplines in the social sciences. The lecture course brings together theoretical perspectives alongside both historical and current evidence on the interrelations between institutional structures and social and economic actions. The course undertakes an institutional analysis drawing on concepts and frameworks provided by the disciplines of economics, sociology, political science, law and anthropology. The lectures examine the institutions of the state, notably the role of the bureaucracy and judiciary; societal institutions such as NGOs and social groups, customary norms such as culture and caste that affect human development. Individual lectures explore institutions such as the market, firm and the state, examine the perspectives of different academic schools such as New Institutional Economics, Marxism, Human Development and Capability theory on institutional changes, and give due consideration to how key development concerns such as poverty, environment and education can be examined through an institutional lens.

Assessment is by means of one 4000-word essay and one two-hour examination.

Indicative reading:

  • Chang, H.-J., Kicking away the ladder: development strategy in historical perspective, Anthem Press, 2002.
  • Fennell, S. 2009. Rules, Rubrics and Riches: the interrelationship between the legal reform and international development. Routledge.
  • Kabeer, N., Reversed realities: gender hierarchies in development thought, Verso, 1994.
  • North, D.C., Institutions, institutional change and economic performance, Cambridge University Press, 1990.
  • World Development Report 2002, Building institutions for markets, World Bank/Oxford University Press, 2001, (


Paper 3: Sociology and Politics of Development

Co-ordinator: Dr Maha Abdelrahman

This core paper introduces students to a critical reading of classical as well as alternative theories of development. It also brings to the fore the challenges these theories have faced from different quarters such as the post-development, anti-globalization and social movements approaches. The paper scrutinizes debates on substantive topics including the role of the post-colonial state in development, the contribution of international development organizations to shaping the discourse on development, feminist attempts to influence the development process, multinational corporations and corporate social responsibility, civil society and NGOs, political Islam and development, competing policy approaches to child labour, and the relationship between development and democracy.

Assessment is by means of one 4000-word essay and one two-hour examination.

Indicative reading:

  • Bayat, A., Making Islam Democratic: Social Movements and the Post-Islamist Turn, Stanford University Press, 2007.
  • Brohman, J., Popular Development: Rethinking the Theory and Practice of Development, Blackwell Publishers, 1996.
  • Chandhoke, Neera, State and Civil Society: Explorations in Political Theory, 1995.
  • Crush, J., Power of development, Routledge, 1995
  • Harrison, D. The sociology of modernization and development, Routledge, 1991.
  • Escobar, A., Encountering development: the making and unmaking of the Third World, Pluto, 1995.
  • Jolly, R., UN Contributions to Development Thinking and Practice. Indiana University Press, 2004.
  • Hoogvelt, A. Globalization and the Postcolonial World: The New Political Economy of Development, John Hopkins University Press, 2001.
  • Kabeer, N., Reversed realities: gender hierarchies in development thought, Verso, 1994.
  • Keane, J., Global civil society, Cambridge University Press, 2003
  • Keck, M. and Sikkink, K., Activists beyond borders: advocacy networks in international politics. Ithaca NY and London: Cornel University Press, 1998.
  • Lieten, K and Ben White (eds), Child Labour: Policy Options. Amsterdam: Askant, 2001.
  • Mamdani, M., Citizen and Subject: Contemporary Africa and the Legacy of Late Colonialism Princeton University Press, 1996.
  • Richard, P. Unholy Trinity: the IMF, World Bank and WTO, Zed Books, 2003.
  • Roberts, T.J. and Hite, A., eds. From modernization to globalization: perspectives on development and change, Blackwell, 1999.
  • Smith, B.C., Good Governance and Development, Palgrave, 2007. Wetherly, P.,Marxism and the State: An Analytical Approach, Palgrave, 2005.


Paper 4: Globalisation, Business and Development

Co-ordinator: Professor Peter Nolan

This paper contains three sections. Section 1 examines the revolution in the nature of the large firm since the 1970s and the role that large firms have played in the globalisation process. Section 2 examines the multiple contradictions that have emerged during the recent era of globalisation, including the environment, inequality, finance, and the concentration of business power. Section 3 examines the prospects for global regulation in the light of the impact of globalisation upon the West, the Muslim world and East Asia.

Assessment is by means of one 4000-word essay and one two-hour examination.

Indicative reading:

  • Peter Dicken, Global Shift, 7th edition, London, Guilford Press, 2015
  • Peter Nolan, China at the Crossroads, Cambridge, Polity, 2004
  • Charles Tripp, Islam and the Moral Economy, Cambridge, Cambridge UP, 2006
  • Martin Wolf, Why Globalisation Works, London, Yale UP, 2004



Paper 5: Cities and Development

Co-ordinator: Dr Graham Denyer Willis

This course deals with the configuration, practice and politics of power, broadly defined, in cities. With an emphasis on cities of the Global South and Latin America, we look to how cities are changing -‘developing’- via transformative processes in recent, contemporary and in-coming political moments. This course considers the relationship between citizens, the state and the market in ‘the urban’, delving into the consequences and disparate politics of the ‘slum’. Lectures combine theory and empirics, engaging and providing examples from contemporary urban concerns around the world and across questions such as race, globalization, sovereignty, violent groups (including police), and the restructuring of cities in a world of technology and social media. Literature provided here is indicative and subject to some change.

Assessment is by means of one 4000-word essay and one two-hour examination.

Indicative Reading:

  • Al Sayyad, N. & Roy, A. Urban Informality: Transnational Perspectives from the Middle East, Latin America, and South Asia. Lexington Books, 2004
  • Bateson, R. (2012). Crime victimization and political participation. American Political Science Review, 106(03), 570-587

  • Denyer Willis, G. (2015). The Killing Consensus: Police, Organized Crime and the Regulation of Life and Death in Urban Brazil. Berkeley: University of California Press
  • Friedmann, J. (2010). Place and Place-Making in Cities: A Global Perspective. Planning Theory and Practice, 11(2), 149-165
  • Goffman, A. (2009). On the run: Wanted men in a Philadelphia ghetto. American Sociological Review, 74(3), 339-357
  • Hayden, D. (1997). The power of place: Urban landscapes as public history. Cambridge: MIT press
  • O’Donnell, G. (1993). On the State, Democratization and Some Conceptual Problems: A Latin American View with Glances at Some Postcommunist Countries. World Development, 21(8), 1355-1369
  • Roberts, B. R. (2005). The Social Context of Citizenship in Latin America. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 1(1), 38-65
  • Roy, A. (2009). Why India Cannot Plan it’s Cities: Informality, Insurgence and the Idiom of Urbanization. Planning Theory, 8(1), 76-87
  • Scott, J. (1998). Seeing like a State. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.



MPhil Optional Papers

Although there may be some variation from year to year, the following have been offered in recent years or will be offered in 2017-2018:

Full Papers

Half Papers

All half papers must be taken with another half paper with the proviso that one module falls in the Michaelmas term and the other in the Lent term. Some papers may be subject to prerequisites.




One full optional paper may be replaced with a 12000-word dissertation.


Paper 13: Financial Organisation and Economic Growth

Co-ordinator: Mr Michael Kuczynski

This course is concerned with the interaction between financial activity and the process of economic growth at a national and international level, and at different levels of national income per person. In classes and seminars over three academic terms the course covers the following topics:

  • i) what functions banks and other financial intermediaries perform in a national economic context, how they compute, and how they have been and should be regulated if they are to perform their function in relation to economic activity appropriately;
  • ii) the relationship between formal intermediation and informality, and the role of different intermediaries and varying forms of financing over the microeconomic 'product cycle' and at different stages in the macro growth process;
  • iii) the notion of dynamic efficiency in the process of economic growth, and what it implies for optimal rates of investment and savings;
  • iv) the relationship between financial activity on the one hand and personal, corporate, and public financing choices and savings rates on the other hand; and hence the impact of financial activity on economic growth and on personal income distribution;
  • v) the dynamics of actual; and optimal domestic and external asset accumulation and indebtedness in the process of economic growth;
  • vi) the nature and causes of crises in financial activity and in national economic performance;
  • vii) the design and functioning of suitable policies, both macro and micro, mainly in money and credit, in public finance, and in exchange-rates, tariffs and other external interventions. Issue of theory of banking and financial intermediation; consumer credit, corporate spending, public-sector finance and problems of regulation.

The emphasis of the course is on international, cyclical and dualistic (centre-periphery, regulated-unregulated) issues. Examples are drawn from OECD and NIC emerging market experience.

This paper is assessed by means of two 4000-word essays.

Indicative reading:

  • Levine, R., 'Financial development and economic growth: views and agenda', Journal of Economic Literature 2, 1997, pp. 688-726.
  • Stiglitz, J., 'Financial markets and development', Oxford Review of Economic Policy 5, 1989, pp. 55-68.
  • World Bank, World Bank Development Report, 1989.


Paper 14: Philosophical Issues in Economic Development: Ethics, Capabilities and Rationality

Co-ordinator: Dr Gay Meeks

This has now become a half paper for 2017-18. The course covers debates about happiness, fairness, equality and freedom in relation to human welfare; rival perspectives on rational choice, a core economic concept; and ways of trying to judge the acceptability of competing theories about economic systems. Topics include: happiness measurement and the pros and cons of a utilitarian position on policy options; other theories of social choice, drawing on rights and needs, including Rawls’ justice account and Sen's capabilities framework; whether or not there is a conflict between seeking equality and pursuing freedom; limitations of the rational self-interest assumption and how to treat altruism and charitable aid; the significance of bounded and twisted rationality and of irrational exuberance; the case for and against using assumptions, as economists frequently do, that are not strictly true; skepticism, induction, refutation and paradigms; and how satisfactorily facts can be distinguished from values. The focus will be on weighing up grounds for alternative points of view; and the approach involves analysis of often quite short extracts from the work of leading authors (e.g. Williams, Rawls, Dasgupta, Broome, Keynes, Friedman, Popper and – most often - Sen).

This paper is assessed by means of one 4000-word essays.

Indicative reading:

  • Glover, J., 'Utilitarianism and its critics', Macmillan, 1990. Sandal,M , 'Justice:What's the Right Thing to do?', Penguin Books, 2009.
  • Sen, A.K., Development as Freedom, Oxford University Press, 2002. Sen, A.K., 'Equality of What?', in A.P. Hamlin (ed.), Ethics and Economics, Vol. II, Edward Elgar, 1996.
  • Sen, A.K., 'Description as Choice', Oxford Economic Papers, 1980.



Paper 15: Education and Human Development 

Co-ordinator: Dr Tadashi Hirai

Education is one of the key dimensions of Human Development. But grasping its full meaning and reach is not an easy task. Education is an interdisciplinary field, ranging from philosophy of education and pedagogy to school management and impact evaluation of specific policy interventions. Within this context, the objective of this paper is to delve into key contemporary education issues relevant to human development. It builds on the education lectures offered within Paper 2. It starts with some foundational issues about the link between education and human capital theory and education and economic growth contrasting it with the literature on education and emotions. It applies important policy lessons from the Capability Approach to current debates on inclusive education, empowerment and quality of education.

Assessment is by means of two essay (5,000 words)


Paper 30: Justice and Development

Co-ordinator: Professor Barry Rider

This paper seeks to address, from a comparative perspective, a number of key issues relating to justice in the broad context of development. The study of these issues is primarily from the standpoint of those concerned with legal justice, but it properly comprehends relevant moral, social, economic and political considerations. It also has regard to the institutions and instrumentalities of justice and in particular the deliverability of justice in developing and transition economies. The paper focuses on the following broad areas: justice as a concept; the institutions of justice; specific legal issues in development such as stability, security, integrity, human rights and the environment; stability in financial systems; governance and transparency; the control of corruption; serious crime, and other destabilising factors including terrorism. Wider issues such as the impact of globalisation and technology are addressed in the context of these specific areas of concern. While the context is legal, no prior knowledge of law or its institutions is required or expected.

Assessment is by means of two 5000-word essays.

Indicative reading:

  • Allan, T.R.S., Law, liberty, and justice, Clarendon Press, 1993.
  • Clayton, M. and Williams, A., Social justice, Blackwell, 2004.
  • Eatwell, J., and Taylor, L., Global finance at risk, Polity Press, 2000.
  • Hinterseer, K., Criminal finance, Kluwer, 2002.
  • King, R and Kendall, G., The state, democracy and globalisation, Palgrave, 2004.
  • McLeod, I., Legal theory, Palgrave, 2003.



Paper 31: Trans-national Criminal Justice and Development

Co-ordinators: Professor Barry Rider and Dr Frank Madsen

This paper provides the theoretical, legal and practical background to evaluate the importance of criminal networks in international relations. In the first seminars, the structure and operation of contemporary governance mechanisms, the nature of theoretical, criminal, and institutional theories, and the emergence and development of trans-national organized crime will be considered. The important difference between international crimes that are not the subject of this paper and trans-national crimes, which are, will be analysed. The course is inter-disciplinary and will repose on the consideration of human dignity in a Kantian sense as a theoretical and visible under-pinning of global justice. In summary: the paper introduces three worlds. First, The world of imaging or how scholars theorise trans-national organised crime; i.e. theoretical networks. Second, the world of fluxes or how networks obtain control of, transport, and commercialise persons and goods; i.e. criminal networks. Finally, the world of information; i.e. interdiction networks.

Assessment is by means of two 5000-word essays.



Paper 43: Development Issues in Sub-Saharan Africa

Co-ordinator: Mr Richard Sidebottom

Though extremely heterogeneous, countries in Sub-Saharan Africa remain some of the most underdeveloped and poverty stricken countries in the world. This paper will combine historical and economic theoretical perspectives with an updated evaluation of current political, institutional, business and social dynamics.

The objective is to provide an appreciation of the wide variation in historical, political, social and economic sources of the SSA development paradigm(s) and to thoroughly investigate the prevailing discourse of problem diagnosis and policy prescription.

By explicitly linking practical examples and case studies to themes covered in core Development MPhil papers, such as Globalisation and Institutional development, this course aims to illustrate concepts and facilitate understanding of key development concepts without duplicating content.

Assessment is by means of two 5000-word essays.

Indicative reading:

  • Berendsen, B., Dietz, T., Nordholt, HS & van der Veen, R., eds, 2013, Asian Tigers, African Lions: Comparing the Development Performance of Southeast Asia and Africa, BRILL, LEIDEN • BOSTON
  • Chabal P., & Daloz, J.P., 1999, Africa Works: Disorder as Political Instrument, Indiana Univ Press
  • Collier, P., 2008, The Bottom Billion, OUP, Oxford Easterly, W, 2006, The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill & So Little Good, Oxford Univ Press
  • Juma, C., 2011, The New Harvest – Agricultural Innovation in Africa, OUP, Oxford, 2011ISAAA, 2013, International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications last accessed 15 May 0915
  • Meredith, M., 2005, The State of Africa, Free Press
  • Moyo, D., 2009, Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a better Way for Africa, Penguin, London
  • Ndulu, B.J., O’Connell, S.A., Bates, R.H., Collier, P., & Soludo, C., 2009, The Political Economy of Economic Growth in Africa 1960-2000, OUP, Oxford
  • Noman, A., Botchwey, K., Stein, H., & Stiglitz, J., Good Growth & Governance in Africa, 2012, OUP, Oxford, pp 51-175
  • Stein, H, 2003, Rethinking African Development, in Rethinking Development Economics, Chang, H-J (eds), Anthem Press, UK
  • WESTBURY, A., PAGE, J & ASSAN, J. 2013, Is Africa Rising or not? A discussion of economic opportunities and development challenges in Africa, April 25, 2013,



Paper 340: Gender and Development

Co-ordinator: Dr Maryam Tanwir

This paper will explore the real world contexts of gender relations between women and men who occupy the lowest possible positions in a class hierarchy in developing societies. Using a unique historical and anthropological lens, the paper will trace gender relations through practices, values, ideas, technologies and other areas of social organization. The paper will examine how development impacts upon men and women at the bottom of the social and economic pyramid in different ways. Men and women both create and maintain society and contribute to development. They have separate and distinct (yet interdependent) roles, and they profit and suffer from development trajectories disproportionately.   

This course is unique as it views ‘gender’ as an issue that is relevant to both men as well as women and hence, will focus its analysis on men and women together. This paper will investigate if gendered behaviour can be explained by our biological and evolutionary roots. It will retrace how development has impacted upon women and men from a historical, anthropological, evolutionary, economic, political, legal, cultural and religious perspective. It will also examine the impact of the evolution of agriculture, manufacturing and mining on men and women, and the dynamics of power relations between the sexes. The paper will study gender relations underpinning the organisation of informal networks in developing societies. It will examine the role of gender on aggression, warfare and terrorism. Lastly, there will be an analysis of the association between gender differences, prostitution and the service industry.

The main thrust of the course will be to argue that gender relations are core to ideas of development policy and implementation and that studying development through a gender lens is critical to understanding the dynamics at play in developing countries. The course aims to equip students with the theoretical and analytical skills required to understand gender issues in policy-making and development practice. Due to the versatile themes addressed the paper will feature contributions from a variety of lecturers including Professor Peter Nolan, Professor Ravi Kanbur, Professor Ashwani Saith, Dr Shailaja Fennel, Dr Nitya Khemka, and Dr Maryam Tanwir.

The paper will be jointly run by Dr Tanwir and Dr Khemka who will hold weekly reading sessions with the class.

Assessment is by means of one 5000-word essay.

Indicative reading:

  • Fukuyama, Francis (2011) The Origins of Political Order: From Prehumen Times to the French Revolution (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • Potts, M and Hayden, T (2008) Sex and War: How Biology Explains Warfare and Terrorism and Offers a Path to a Safer World (Dallas, TX: BenBella Books)
  • Wilson, Edward (1978) On Human Nature (Harvard University Press)
  • Fukuyama, Francis (1998) "Women and the Evolution of World Politics," Foreign Affairs 77 no. 5 (Sept.-Oct. 1998).
  • Kabeer, N (1994) Reversed Realities: Gender Hierarchies in Development Thought (Verso, 1994)
  • Moser, C (1993) Gender Planning and Development: theory, practice and training (Routledge)
  • Nalini Visvanathan et al. (eds.) (1997) Women, Gender and Development Reader (Zed Books)

Paper 350: Religion and Development

Co-ordinator: Dr Michael Tai

Three centuries after being consigned to the ash heap history by the European Enlightenment, religion is back.  The Enlightenment thinkers elevated reason to the primary source of authority and legitimacy, and faith came to be seen not only as incompatible with science but  irrelevant to human development, peace and prosperity.  It was believed that humanity, armed with reason alone, would march forward, making sure progress toward Utopia; there was no problem that human ingenuity could not solve.  This faith in humanism was badly shaken by two devastating world wars but continued to be the guiding light in the era of capitalist globalization.  Meanwhile, economics became a discipline that relied heavily on mathematical models in which ethics play little or no part at all, and where man in society is treated essentially as homo economicus who makes rational choices based on price alone.  The logic of globalization advanced into every corner of the world with seemingly little resistance from local religious beliefs and practices.  But deepening wealth and income inequality, financial crisis and global warming have debunked many orthodox economic theories and called into question the legitimacy of capitalist modernity.  At the same time, Hindu nationalism and political Islam are on the rise along with rapid growth of Christianity in many parts of the Global South.  The Chinese too are revisiting their own Confucian tradition as a possible remedy to the money worship that has sprung up in the transition to free markets.  Some see the religious resurgence as a reaction against globalization, fueling debate about the role of religion in society, politics and economics.

But what do religious beliefs contribute to debates on economic development? And what kind of a response do religious traditions offer to dominating paradigms of globalization and deepening injustice?  This course will examine in what ways, and to what extent, religious beliefs affect development and how secular institutions devoted to development engage with religious issues and faith-based actors.  It is organized around topics representing dimensions of development debates (e.g. poverty alleviation, environmental concerns, migration, conflict and reconstruction) which will stimulate discussion on what/how religious traditions and religious groups can contribute conceptually and practically.  Each lecture will discuss a theme, where appropriate taking a particular religious tradition or traditions as a case study. This will allow students to contribute to the discussion from their own cultural contexts or their own faith tradition (if they have one).  The class will discuss ethical issues arising from technology, explore the relationship of religion to human development and consider to what extent religious values are relevant to policy decisions.  It will focus on justice, participatory freedom, and economic development, and consider such environmental principles as resource sustainability, environmental protection, and respect for all forms of life.  It will look at what religion commends for agricultural technology, energy policy, global climate change, financial crisis and war, and whether it can provide alternative visions of the good life in the age of globalization.

Assessment is by means of one 5000-word essay and participation in the bi-monthly seminar.



Paper 400: Development of Central Asia and the Caucasus

Co-ordinator: Dr Siddharth S. Saxena

This paper addresses political, economic, cultural and industrial development in Central Asia, the Caucasus and also broadly in the connected realms of Eurasia. These contiguous regions and their neighbours are of both historical and contemporary significance. Central Asia has a mystical resonance in the world imagination carved by the writings of the Orientalists and the biographers of the Great Game. Following that, the Soviet period, in contrast to a millennia old ‘globalised’ connectivity of the region, signalled a substantial shift in political and economic systems and focused more on internal development. Region also became part of a larger structure of the apparatus of the Cold War. The recent dissolution of the Soviet Union and emergence of sovereign Central Asian and Caucasus nation-states has again pushed the re-set button. The new resurgence has given rise to high rates of growth in some of the countries, partly fed by discovery of the very large reserves of oil, natural gas and rare-earth metals, together with blooming agricultural production, manufacturing and transport hubs across all countries point to new development configurations in the 21st century. However some of the countries drastically lag behind.

Assessment is by means of two 5,000 word essays.

Indicative Reading: 

Turko-Persia in Historical Perspective (School of American Research Advanced Seminars) Robert L. Canfield (Editor), Cambridge University Press (2002)

E. Allworth, ed., Central Asia: One Hundred Twenty Years of Russian Rule, rev. ed. (Durham, NC: Duke U. Press, 1989)

Thomas Barfield, The Perilious Frontier: Nomadic Empires and China (1989)

V.V. Barthold and T. Minorsky, Four Studies on the History of Central Asia (1958)

Sally Cummings, Understanding Central Asia: Politics and Contested Transformations (Routledge 2012)

Nicola Di Cosmo, Ancient China and Its Enemies: The Rise of Nomadic Power in East Asian History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2002

Renee Grousset, The Empires of the Steppe: A History of Central Asia (1970)



Paper 600: Food, Agriculture and Development

Co-ordinator: Dr Ksenia Gerasimova

Format: Half paper, 8 weeks, the course will be accompanied by seminars run by the newly formed CRASSH interdisciplinary group “Food: field to table”

Aims and objectives: the course intends through a complex and controversial subject of food to bring students’ attention to discuss how issues of international development interplay in practice. Through this specific issue we will discuss much broader dilemmas of sustainable development, such as balancing economic growth, feeding the world while conserving nature; spreading new technologies and sustaining local cultures; managing risks, advocacy science and restoring public trust in science. The aim is to show that these questions go beyond the discussion of global capitalism in traditional two-dimensional format.

Lecture 1. Introduction: Global Crises and Politics of Food

Lecture 2. Global Food Supply and Demand

Lecture 3. Different Systems of Production and their Economic, Social and Environmental Aspects

Lecture 4. Pesticides: Pros and Against

Lecture 5. Land Grabs for Food Production

Lecture 6. Food Labelling

Lecture 7. Malnutrition, Food Aid and Hunger Politics

Lecture 8. Food as Cultural Policy

Assessment is by means of one 4000-word essay.


  • Allan, J. (2013) Handbook of land and water grabs in Africa: foreign direct investment and food and water security. Routledge: N.Y.
  • Bain, B. (2005) ‘What is Organic? Powerful Players want a Say’, New York Times. November 1, 2005.
  • Brundtland, G. (1987) Our Common Future. Oxford University Press.
  • Demarest, L. (2012) Food Price Rises and Political Instability. CRPD Working Paper N17 (Jan).
  • Desroches, P., Shimizu H. (2012) Locavore Dilemma. N.Y.
  • Food Advisory Committee (2002) Food Advisory Committee review of food labelling 2001.
  • Garnaut, R., Shutian G., Guonan M., The Third Revolution in Chinese Countryside, Cambridge University Press.
  • Heap, B. (2003) GM Crops and the Third World. In GM Crops The Scientists Speak. Proceedings of the 2002 Cambridge Conference on Genetically Modified Crops and Food, organised by the Cambridge Society for the Application of Research. Ed. By Brian J. Ford. Cambridge: Rothay House, pp. 79-87.
  • Huddleston, B. , McLin, J. (1978) Political Investments in Food Production. Bloomington.
  • Lang T., Barling, D. (2012) Food Security and Food Sustainability: Reformulating the Debate. The Geographical Journal. 178(4): 313-326.
  • Lockie, S., Carpenter D. (2010) Agriculture, biodiversity and markets: livelihoods and agroecology in comparative perspective. Earthscan: L.
  • Nally, D. (2014) Governing precarious lives: land grabs, geopolitics and food security. The Geographical Journal.
  • Nestle, M. (2006) What to Eat. N.Y.
  • Nicholson, G. (2001) The Food Chain. L.: Phoenix.
  • Madgof F., Tokar B. (2010) Agriculture and food in crisis: conflict, resistance, and renewal. NY.
  • Paarlberg, R. (2013) Food Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know. Oxford University Press.
  • Perkins, J. (1997) Geopolitics and the Green Revolution. Wheat, Genes and the Cold War. Oxford University Press.
  • Roberts, P. (2008) The End of Food. Houghton Mifflin.
  • Ruttan V. (2004) ‘Controversy about Agricultural Technology: Lessons from the Green Revolution’, International Journal of Biotechnology, 6(1): 43-54.
  • Sharman A.R. (2005) Hunger: an Unnatural History. N.Y.
  • Shiva, V. (2012) Making Peace with the Earth. Beyond Resource, Land and Food Wars, New Delhi.
  • Smith D., Phillips J. (2000) Food, Science, Policy and Regulation in the Twentieth Century. International and Comparative Perspectives. Routledge: L.
  • Trueba, I., MacMilan A. (2013) How to End Hunger in Times of Crises, FastPrint.
  • Watson, J., Caldwell M. (2005) The Cultural Politics of Food and Eating. Malden. M.A.



Paper 800: Anthropology in Development 

Co-ordinator: Dr Riall Nolan

This paper will be dealing with two interrelated matters: how (for better or for worse) does development “work”, and what can anthropology tell us about that; and specifically how can anthropology be used to improve the planning, implementation and analysis of development efforts. It is not assumed that students have an existing background in anthropology, however there is the assumption that students are interested in doing more than merely providing a “critique” of development.

Assessment is by means of one 5,000-word essay.

Indicative Reading:

  • Cooper, Frederick & Randall Packard 2005, “The History and Politics of Development Knowledge,” in Edelman, Marc & Angelique Haugerud (eds) 2005, The Anthropology of Development and Globalization, Malden, MA, Blackwell.
  • Crewe, Emma & Elizabeth Harrison 1998, Chapter 2, “An Intellectual Heritage of Development,” in Whose Development? An Ethnography of Aid, London, Zed Books.
  • Crewe, Emma & Richard Axelby 2013, Chapter 1: “Introduction: hope and despair,” in Anthropology and Development: Culture, Morality and Politics in a Globalised World, Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press.
  • Crewe, Emma & Richard Axelby 2013, Chapter 3: “The social and political organization of aid and development,” in Anthropology and Development: Culture, Morality and Politics in a Globalised World, Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press.
  • De Haan, Arjan 2009, How the Aid Industry Works, Sterling, VA, Kumarian Press. (All)



Paper 900: International Humanitarianism and Development

Co-ordinator: Professor Raymond Apthorpe (Visiting Professor, LSE)

Revised details to be confirmed

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We are delighted and proud to see that the Centre has gone from no.8 (2015) to no.6 (2016) to no.4 (2017) in the field of Development Studies in the QS Survey. This would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work from everyone within the Centre.

Message from the director: You will be pleased to know that we have moved up from 8 in 2015 to 6 this year in the QS world ranking for Development Studies. This is a remarkable result and a great tribute to the tremendous efforts of the whole team of teachers and administrators. It's a fantastic result! Professor Peter Nolan

Congratulations to PhD student Nungari Mwangi who was awarded the 2016 Andrew E Rice Award from the Society for International development!

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