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Bath research project recognised by RIBA

Thu Feb 01 12:51:00 GMT 2018

An interdisciplinary project led by researchers at our University has won a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Research Award. read more »

New Study Maps Donor Aid to the Occupied Palestinian Territories 2012 to 2014/15

Fri Jan 19 11:30:00 GMT 2018

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Funding awarded for project tackling modern slavery in global supply chains

Fri Dec 15 15:51:00 GMT 2017

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New book examines weak governance in Bangladesh

Fri Nov 03 09:50:00 GMT 2017

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Grant awarded for research with young people in post-conflict societies

Thu Nov 02 10:30:00 GMT 2017

Dr Pete Manning has received a four year award to investigate the role and efficacy of civil society organisations as they support young people in societies that have experienced conflict. read more »

Middle East and North Africa Social Policy Network wins social science innovation grant

Thu Oct 26 17:19:00 BST 2017

The Middle East and North Africa Social Policy network (MENASP) has won a Carnegie Corporation grant for Social Science Innovation in the Arab Region. The $450,000 grant is a joint collaboration with the British Council (New York) and the Faculty of Political Sciences at the University of Cairo (Egypt). read more »

University develops new cheap, sustainable water treatment devices for developing countries

Mon Jul 17 13:38:00 BST 2017

A multi-disciplinary research project at the University of Bath hopes to develop an efficient, portable and low cost continuous treatment system for contaminated drinking water for poor rural communities in developing countries. read more »

CDS working to connect development studies with Indian Social Policy

Tue Jul 11 14:15:00 BST 2017

In May 2017, the Indian Social Policy Network held its second workshop in New Delhi, part of a series of collaborative workshops and conference symposia running since 2013 involving the UK Development Studies Association and the UK Social Policy Association. read more »

Funding awarded for West African gold mining project

Mon Jul 10 17:46:00 BST 2017

Dr Roy Maconachie has received a grant for a new research project that will map informal financial flows in gold mining communities in the Mano River Union Region. read more »

University film scoops Higher Education Oscar

Fri Jul 07 15:13:00 BST 2017

An in-house University film scoops a top national award at the British Universities Film and Video Council (BUFVC) read more »

Healthy Housing for refugees in extreme climates

Mon Jun 05 15:33:00 BST 2017

The living conditions of refugees living in extreme climates could improve as a result of an international research project led by the University of Bath. read more »

Chatham House event highlights influence on business of global environmental campaigns

Fri Jun 02 15:12:00 BST 2017

New researcher in our Department of Social & Policy Sciences, Dr Michael Bloomfield, spoke at Chatham House, London on the expanding role of business in global environmental politics. read more »

New book published on extreme poverty, growth and inequality in Bangladesh

Wed May 17 10:17:00 BST 2017

We are pleased to announce the publication of an edited collection entitled Extreme Poverty, Growth and Inequality in Bangladesh. The book builds on the experience of a programme set up to engage specifically with the extreme poor. read more »

Gender and Fairtrade film nominated for top award

Wed Mar 22 09:11:00 GMT 2017

A film produced by Dr Roy Maconachie and Simon Wharf from the University’s Department of Social & Policy Sciences and Computing Services Audio Visual Unit has been nominated for a prestigious British Universities Film and Video Council Learning on Screen Award 2017. read more »

First QuIP Evaluator Training

Fri Feb 17 14:10:00 GMT 2017

Bath Social & Development Research held its first two day Lead QuIP Evaluator training course, held on 6 & 7 February in the rooms of the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution. read more »

New book - Social Sciences for an other politics: Women theorising without parachutes

Thu Feb 16 16:58:00 GMT 2017

This thought-provoking edited collection will appeal to students and scholars of gender studies, social, Marxist and Feminist theory, postcolonial studies and politics. read more »

A new social contract for MENA (Middle East and North Africa) countries: Experiences from Development and Social Policies

Fri Dec 09 16:12:00 GMT 2016

The two-day conference, which featured keynote speakers from UNICEF, the World Bank and Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, was the third international meeting of the IPR’s MENA Social Policy Network. read more »

Professor Kaushik Basu - Honorary Degree, Public Lecture and Workshop

Tue Nov 15 10:48:00 GMT 2016

In a specially organized event on 9 November 2016, Professor Kaushik Basu was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, as part of the University’s 50th anniversary celebrations. read more »

Dr Jason Hart and doctoral student Fran Johnson give briefing at the UK Home Office

Fri Oct 07 15:47:00 BST 2016

On 5th August 2016 Dr Jason Hart and his doctoral student Fran Johnson gave a briefing to the UK Home Office. This briefing was requested by a government unit tasked with monitoring and evaluating the Syrian Vulnerable Person resettlement programme. read more »

Living on the Margins: Using literary comics to understand the role of borderland brokers in post-war transitions

Fri Oct 07 15:15:00 BST 2016

Oliver Walton has received a PACCS Innovation Award from the AHRC and ESRC for a new 18-month project that uses literary comics to understand the role of ‘borderland brokers’ in post-war transitions. read more »

Social enterprise spin out providing quality impact assessment to the development sector

Fri Oct 07 10:25:00 BST 2016

Bath Social Development Research Ltd was set up in April as a social enterprise to provide credible and flexible 'reality checks' to assess whether development interventions are achieving their intended goals. read more »

Prestigious ESRC award for new Sierra Leonean Ebola response research

Mon Oct 03 20:48:00 BST 2016

Dr Luisa Enria has joined the Centre for Development Studies at the University of Bath having won a prestigious ESRC Future Research Leaders fellowship. read more »

Dr Dinerstein takes part in cooperative practices in urban spaces workshop

Wed Jul 06 13:14:00 BST 2016

On 25 June 2016, Dr Ana Cecilia Dinerstein in collaboration with Dr Graham Taylor (University of the West of England) and Jeanne van Heeswijk and Annet van Otterloo, from Freehouse, South Rotterdam, Netherlands, convened a workshop on the issue of the social harbour. read more »

Dr Jason Hart delivers international aid TEDx Talk

Mon Apr 25 10:23:00 BST 2016

Dr Jason Hart has delivered a lecture as part a TEDx event. In the lecture Jason spoke about reclaiming compassion and rethinking aid. read more »

Extreme poverty project wins Outstanding International Leadership award

Fri Apr 15 11:18:00 BST 2016

The DFID and SDC funded project Economic Empowerment of the Poorest has been announced as the winner of the Outstanding International Leadership category at the British Expertise International Awards 2016, held in London on 11 April read more »

Dr Jason Hart featured in UNA-UK 'Global Development Goals' publication

Wed Mar 23 15:15:00 GMT 2016

'Corporate tax, inequality and international development' featured in the latest UNA-UK Global Development Goals publication read more »

Professor Sarah White wins prestigious British Academy/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship 2016/17

Fri Mar 04 16:29:00 GMT 2016

Her project, ‘Relational wellbeing: Restoring the Subject to Subjective Wellbeing’, provides an opportunity to consolidate and advance the strong profile of work at Bath on interdisciplinary approaches to wellbeing, especially in developing countries, that has been pursued in SPS since 2002. read more »

Formalising informality? New research on artisanal and small-scale mining in West Africa

Wed Feb 10 10:09:00 GMT 2016

Dr Roy Maconachie has won funding for two new research projects into the formalisation of small-scale informal mining in West Africa. read more »

Concrete alternatives to capitalism considered on campus

Mon Feb 08 12:49:00 GMT 2016

On Friday 29 January 2016, over 60 people gathered to discuss alternatives to capitalism. The workshop, entitled ‘Marx in the Key of Hope’, was organised by Dr Ana Dinerstein and Harry Pitts from the Department of Social & Policy Sciences, with help from Nicky Stubbs and Lesley McKay. Ana and Harry received Academic-Led Collaboration funding from the South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC) to host the event. read more »

Department hosts inequality and social policy in Latin America research day

Tue Feb 02 15:10:00 GMT 2016

On 25-26 January, Dr Séverine Deneulin hosted a doctoral workshop and research day on ‘Urban Inequality, Youth and Social Policy in Latin America’ at the University of Bath. read more »

Dr Roy Maconachie to research mining, wealth and livelihoods in Ghana

Tue Oct 27 09:09:00 GMT 2015

Dr Roy Maconachie has been awarded a research grant from the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI) for a project entitled: Blazing the path to formalisation: Artisanal Mining, Wealth Creation and Rural Livelihoods in Ghana. read more »

Dr Oliver Walton to research war to peace transitions in Sri Lanka and Nepal

Tue Oct 27 08:32:00 GMT 2015

Dr Oliver Walton is part of a team that has received an ESRC grant worth £450,000 over two years to research war to peace transitions in Sri Lanka and Nepal. read more »

Book launch: Embracing Complexity: Strategic Perspectives for an Age of Turbulence

Wed Sep 30 15:35:00 BST 2015

Centre for Development Studies Visiting Fellow, Dr Jean Boulton has launched her new book entitled: Embracing Complexity: Strategic Perspectives for an Age of Turbulence. read more »

Creating a 21st Century utopian society

Fri Aug 21 14:45:00 BST 2015

Dr Ana Dinerstein has been speaking about the challenges of creating a 21st Century utopian society. She argued that the task at present is the creation of 'concrete utopias', which require collective action by those striving for a better future. read more »

New research film about religion and social welfare in the Middle East

Mon Jul 06 10:38:00 BST 2015

Dr Rana Jawad has produced a short film which takes a fresh look at religion and social welfare in the Middle East. read more »

New Book Release: Dollarisation of Poverty Rethinking Poverty Beyond 2015

Thu Jul 02 14:23:00 BST 2015

In his recent book, Dollarisation of Poverty Rethinking Poverty Beyond 2015, Palash Kamruzzaman offer a fresh lens on global poverty reduction debates, and argues for multi-faceted and contextualised understanding of poverty as a must for the future global development agenda. read more »

Centre for Development Studies increasing the impact of impact assessment

Mon May 18 11:14:00 BST 2015

Researchers in our Centre for Development Studies have been awarded a sought after place on a pilot Innovation to Commercialisation programme (ICURe) run by the SETsquared Partnership. read more »

Successful launching of the Sociology Special Issue 2014: Sociology and the Global Economic Crisis at the BSA Annual Conference 2015

Wed Apr 29 17:24:00 BST 2015

Sociology Special Issue 2014: Sociology and the Global Economic Crisis, co-edited by Dr Ana C. Dinerstein with Dr Gregory Schwartz (University of Bristol) and Graham Taylor (University West of England) was launched in a Special Plenary at the British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2015 on Wednesday 15 April at Glasgow Caledonian University. read more »

Development studies ranked in global top 50

Wed Apr 29 09:47:00 BST 2015

Development studies at the University of Bath has today been placed within the top 50 in the world, according to the QS Top Universities global rankings. read more »

Inaugural Qualitative Methods Symposium held at the Univeristy of Bath

Wed Feb 04 16:40:00 GMT 2015

This first symposium, 'Quality in Qualitative Research and Enduring Problematics' was held at the University of Bath on 27th January 2014, and provided a unique opportunity for qualitative researchers from many fields of research, including health, social policy, psychology, politics and education, to share research and discuss key methodological challenges. read more »

International workshop on challenge funds

Thu Dec 11 11:12:00 GMT 2014

The Centre for Development Studies supported workshop at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations in London on 5 December 2014. read more »

Ebola's catastrophic consequences on Sierra Leone’s small-scale mining sector

Wed Nov 05 08:38:00 GMT 2014

Dr Roy Machonachie from the Centre for Development Studies on how Ebola is having a devastating impact on Sierra Leone’s informal mining sector, which provides a livelihood to some of the country’s poorest people. read more »

Wellbeing and Quality of Life Assessment: A Practical Guide (Practical Action Publishing) edited by Sarah C. White and Asha Abeyasekera

Tue Sep 30 16:05:00 BST 2014

This new book published on 3rd October, 2014 aims to provide a practical resource for people engaged in social or development policy or practice who are considering integrating ‘wellbeing’ or ‘quality of life’ in their work in the global South and North. read more »

Doctoral Candidate wins international award for research on statelessness

Fri Sep 26 12:03:00 BST 2014

Jason Tucker, a postgraduate researcher in the Department of Social & Policy Sciences, has been awarded the inaugural UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Award for Best Doctoral Research on Statelessness. read more »

Dr Sarah White featured in UNA-UK 'Global Development Goals' publication

Thu Sep 25 11:47:00 BST 2014

Dr White's article 'Wellbeing in international development' is featured in the Global Development Goals 2014 publication by The United Nation Association - UK (UNA-UK) read more »

New virtual library for MENA Network

Wed Sep 24 11:11:00 BST 2014

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Social Policy Network has launched a new virtual library read more »

Third CITICON Workshop to be held in Buenos Aires

Mon Sep 22 12:30:00 BST 2014

Cities in a Connected World Network (CITICON) has been established by the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) with the aim of building a global and interdisciplinary network of scholars whose research is concerned with building sustainable, peaceful cities. read more »

Meeting with the Pope to discuss ‘Global Common Good’

Thu Jul 24 14:32:00 BST 2014

Senior Lecturer in International Development, Dr Séverine Deneulin, was one of a select group of international experts to be invited to the Vatican to discuss how societies can create more inclusive economies at an event convened by Pope Francis last week. read more »

Opinion blog: Promoting wellbeing is the core business of government

Wed Jul 09 14:00:00 BST 2014

University of Bath Opinion Blog post following the think tank Centre Forum pursuit of happiness mental health wellbeing report read more »

Opinon blog on the Malaysian 'Allah dispute'

Tue Jun 24 10:25:00 BST 2014

Dr Graham Brown discusses the decision by Malaysia's high court to uphold a government ban on Christians using the word 'Allah' to refer to their God. read more »

MSc students attend Global_ID summer school in Spain

Sun Jun 22 15:52:00 BST 2014

Five students from the MSc International Development programme have just returned from a two-week intensive summer school on participatory video at Universitat Jaume I in Spain. read more »

Sociology undergraduate to present poster at the International AIDS conference

Fri Jun 20 16:45:00 BST 2014

Sociology undergraduate Dilly Lota will be presenting a poster at the International AIDS Conference 2014 based on preliminary results of her dissertation. read more »

Report on social protection in the Arab region published

Thu Jun 19 10:39:00 BST 2014

Dr Rana Jawad’s recent report on ‘Social Protection in the Arab Region: emerging trends and recommendations’ has been published by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Bureau for Arab States. read more »

Research student to visit Center for Health and Human Rights

Tue Jun 17 18:51:00 BST 2014

Tim Williams, a final year PhD candidate in the Department of Social & Policy Sciences, has been awarded funding through the Global Partner Research Scholarship Scheme. read more »

Research centre hosts Israel-Palestine eye-witness panel debate

Fri May 23 14:30:00 BST 2014

The Centre for Development Studies organised a dynamic panel debate on 'Israel-Palestine: Eye-Witness Accounts' that took place on Wednesday 21 May. read more »

Academic to continue work on extreme poverty

Wed May 21 11:30:00 BST 2014

Dr Joe Devine has been awarded £143,180 to continue his work on extreme poverty as part of the Stimulating Household Improvements Resulting in Economic Empowerment (SHIREE) programme. read more »

Report published on how financial services can be designed for low income markets

Wed May 14 17:06:00 BST 2014

Financial Sector Deepening Kenya has published two papers arising from a commissioned research project undertaken by Dr Susan Johnson on Financial services, social networks and financial practices: investigating use and impact. read more »

Global Development Goals: what next?

Mon Apr 07 13:37:00 BST 2014

CDS held a successful and very lively public event on 3 April 2014 debating the future of the Global Development Goals. read more »

Wellbeing and Poverty Pathways: India briefing paper published

Wed Mar 26 17:29:00 GMT 2014

Wellbeing and Poverty Pathways has published its third briefing paper presenting key findings and policy recommendations from the data collected in field research undertaken in the state of Chhattisgarh, India between 2011 and 2013. read more »

CDS Blog: Development numbers: the political economy of data production from “above” and “below”

Tue Feb 11 11:33:00 GMT 2014

CDS Director Susan Johnson has contributed the most recent post to the Centre for Development Studies DevLog. Development numbers: the political economy of data production from “above” and “below” explores two recent books on development statistics that address what seem to be polar ends of the spectrum of number generation. read more »

CDS welcomes new Visiting Professor John Hailey

Wed Feb 05 11:33:00 GMT 2014

John Hailey, Cass Business School, brings extensive international researching and consulting experience to his new position as CDS Visiting Professor. read more »

Dr Graham Brown appointed Faculty Associate Dean, Research

Thu Jan 30 11:33:00 GMT 2014

Dr Graham Brown, Reader of International Development, has been appointed Associate Dean, Research for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences read more »

Resources and reflections from Wellbeing and Subjectivity in International Development Conference

Mon Jan 27 11:33:00 GMT 2014

The Wellbeing and Poverty Pathways research team from the Centre for Development Studies at the University of Bath hosted the final conference, ‘Wellbeing and Subjectivity in International Development’ as the beginning of the end for the three and a half year project. read more »

CDS Blog: Buen Vivir and “post-extractivism” in Andean countries: notes on the search for a real alternative to “alternative development”

Mon Jan 27 11:33:00 GMT 2014

CDS PhD Candidate Roger Merino Acuna has contributed the most recent post to the Centre for Development Studies DevLog. Buen Vivir and “post-extractivism” in Andean countries: notes on the search for a real alternative to “alternative development” explores the good life and its history within indigenous people of the Andes of Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru. read more »

CDS Blog: Still a future for development discourse?

Mon Jan 13 11:33:00 GMT 2014

Centre for Development Studies blog post by Prof James Copestake: Still a future for development discourse? read more »

Research to continue on financial markets and capabilities in Kenya

Thu Jan 09 11:33:00 GMT 2014

Dr Susan Johnson has won further funding from the Financial Sector Deepening Trust in Kenya (FSDK) for two research projects. read more »

Wellbeing and Poverty Pathways project hosting final conference in Oxford

Mon Jan 06 11:33:00 GMT 2014

The Wellbeing and Poverty Pathways research team from the Centre for Development Studies at the University of Bath are this week hosting their final conference, ‘Wellbeing and Subjectivity in International Development’ at Regent’s Park College, Oxford. read more »

New book released - Poverty Reduction Strategy in Bangladesh

Thu Jan 02 15:17:00 GMT 2014

SPS Teaching Fellow Dr Palah Kamruzzaman has released a book on poverty reduction strategies in Bangladesh. read more »

CDS Blog: Why the Gender Dummy doesn’t speak: Explaining the gender gap in financial inclusion

Sun Dec 15 11:33:00 GMT 2013

Centre for Development Studies blog post by Dr Susan Johnson: Why the Gender Dummy doesn’t speak: Explaining the gender gap in financial inclusion. read more »

Second postgraduate symposium hosted by research students

Mon Oct 14 15:07:00 BST 2013

The second annual Department of Social & Policy Sciences symposium saw postgraduate research students and faculty members come together on Friday 20 September to share their research and exchange ideas. read more »

PhD student report presented to Rwanda’s Ministry of Education

Tue Sep 10 16:38:00 BST 2013

A research report written by Timothy Williams, PhD candidate in International Development, was recently used to inform education policy in Rwanda. read more »

CDS KTP to help fight global poverty

Wed Jul 31 11:33:00 BST 2013

Two researchers from the Centre for Development Studies (CDS) have been awarded a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Triple Line Consulting, a company which works with public and private sector agencies to reduce global poverty and promote environmentally sustainable development. read more »

Academics feature in Academy of Social Science briefing

Mon Jul 01 15:50:00 BST 2013

Professor James Copestake and Dr Susan Johnson from our Department of Social & Policy Sciences and Dr Andrew Weyman from the Department of Psychology feature in this month’s Academy of Social Science Professional Briefing: The Impact of Social Science Research. read more »

Symposium held to discuss wellbeing and quality of life

Mon Jun 03 17:04:00 BST 2013

How wellbeing and quality of life are featuring in NGOs’ work in practice was the focus of a one-day symposium entitled Wellbeing, quality of life and NGOs: tools, tensions and taking the next steps. read more »

James Copestake Inaugural Lecture: Brand Aid? Development finance and African agriculture

Fri May 31 10:43:00 BST 2013

In this lecture, Professor James Copestake highlighted the growing business-orientation of aid and explored the scope for being more transparent about its impact. read more »

Dr Jason Hart awarded British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship

Fri Mar 22 12:06:00 GMT 2013

Dr Jason Hart, Senior Lecturer in International Development in the Department of Social & Policy Sciences, has been awarded a Mid-Career Fellowship by the British Academy, the UK's National Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences. read more »

New Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Triple Line Consulting

Mon Feb 11 10:47:00 GMT 2013

Professor James Copestake and Dr Joe Devine, in collaboration with Triple Line Consulting, have been awarded funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the UK Technology Board for a two-year partnership. read more »

Fieldwork begins for ESRC/DFID Assessing Rural Transformations project

Wed Feb 06 18:31:00 GMT 2013

The first round of fieldwork has begun in Ethiopia and Malawi on the latest Centre for Development Studies (CDS) project to win ESRC/DFID funding. read more »

Report on wellbeing and poverty in Zambia published

Fri Sep 28 17:51:00 BST 2012

This latest report from Wellbeing and Poverty Pathways sets out the 'pre-story' of the project's approach to wellbeing assessment and presents preliminary findings on objective and subjective wellbeing in rural Zambia. read more »