Centre for Development Studies

Projects and activities

Researchers from CDS are actively engaged in projects that attract major funding grants and often involve collaboration with development donors and NGOs from around the world, as well as research councils. A selection of our most recent work shows the range and quality of our research activities.
 

International & Interdisciplinary Research Network: Labour in Transition (LITTINet)

Principal Investigator: Ana Dinerstein

The transition from orphanages to foster care in Thailand: a study that explores how child welfare interventions are transferred internationally and implemented across cultures.

Funder: British Council
Principal Investigator: Dr Justin Rogers
1 May 2018 - 26 June 2018

Combatting modern slavery through business leadership at the bottom of the supply chain

Funder: British Academy
Principal Investigator: Professor Andrew Crane
15 November 2017 - 15 March 2019

Building Inclusive Civil Societies with, and for, Young People in 5 Post-Conflict Countries

Funder: AHRC- GCRF Network Plus
Principal Investigator: Professor Paul Cooke (University of Leeds)
1 September 2017 - 31 August 2021

Mapping informal financial flows in the artisanal mining sector: the cases of Sierra Leone and Liberia

Funder: International Growth Centre
Principal Investigator: Roy Maconachie
June 2017 - September 2018

Healthy Housing for the Displaced

Funder: EPSRC
Principal Investigator: David Coley, SPS Co-I, Jason Hart
May 2017 - April 2020

Tackling the causes for flight? The changing features and effects of German refugee policy in Jordan

Funder: CBRL – Council for British Research in the Levant
Principal Investigator: Katharina Lenner
May 2017 - March 2018 

UNICEF Database on Social Policy Expertise in the MENA Region

Funder: UNICEF
Principal Investigator: Rana Jawad
Octpber 2016 - August 2017 

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

Funder: AHRC
Principal Investigator: Oliver Walton
November 2016 - May 2018

What can be learnt from the new pharmaceutical industry payment disclosures?

Funder: FORTE - Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and and Welfare
Principal Investigator: Dr Shai Mulinari (University of Lund)
January 2017 –  December 2019

Borderlands, Brokers and Peacebuilding in Sri Lanka and Nepal: War to Peace Transitions viewed from the margins

Funder: ESCR
Principal Investigator: Oliver Walton
November 2015 - October 2017

States of Emergency: Citizenship in Times of Crisis in Sierra Leone

Funder: ESRC
Principal Investigator: Luisa Enria
October 2016 - September 2018

Deployable Sustainable Energy Sources for Portable, Transportable Energy Supplies in Development Contexts

Funder: EPSRC GCRF  Institutional Funding
Principal Investigator: Chick Wilson
July 2016 - March  2017

SODIS(3D): Water treatment units for rural communities using 3-D printing, mathematical modelling

Funder: EPSRC GCRF - Institutional Funding
Principal Investigator: Emma Emanuelsson Patterson
July 2016 - March 2017

Healthy Housing for Refugees 

Funder: EPSRC CGRF Institutional Funding 
Principal Investigator: Jason Hart 
July 2016 - March 2017

Opening the door to formalization: small-scale diamond mining and rural economic development in Sierra Leone

Funder: International Growth Centre
Principal Investigator: Roy Maconachie
February 2016 - January 2017

Deepening governance and widening 'spaces' for change: community participation and natural resource transparency in post-conflict West Africa

Funder: Humanity United
Principal Investigator: Roy Maconachie
February 2016 - January 2018

Blazing the path to formalization: Artisanal Mining, Wealth Creation and Rural Livelihoods

Funder: Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI)
Principal Investigator: Roy Maconachie
February 2016 - July 2017
Amount: CND $200,000

Qualitative Impact Assessment Protocol for Social Impact Investing (QUIPS11)

Funder: ESRC-DFID
Principal Investigator: James Copestake
December 2015 - March 2016
Amount: £73,782

Urban inequality and youth wellbeing in Latin America's informal settlements

Funder: British Academy
Principal Investigator: Séverine Deneulin
October 2015 - September 2018
Amount: £26,520

Reconceptualising conflict and peacebuilding: new ideas and actors in a changing world

Funder: GW4
Principal Investigator: Oliver Walton
September 2015 - January 2016
Amount: £1,919.20

Fairtrade cocoa production  and gender in Ghana: a participatory video approach

Funder: Fairtrade Africa
Principal Investigator: Roy Maconachie
July 2015 - June 2016
Amount: £9,350

Social Movements and autonomous education: new pedagogical experiences

Funder: British Academy
Principal Investigator: Ana Dinerstein
March 2015 - September 2016
Amount: £9,960

Economic Empowerment of the Poorest Challenge Fund (Shiree) - Bangladesh

Funder: DfID via Ecorys UK
Principal Investigator: Joe Devine
April 2014 - March 2016

Financial capabilities: conceptualising and investigating their role and relevance for financial inclusion in Kenya

Funder: Financial Sector Deepening (FSD) Trust, Kenya
Principal Investigator: Susan Johnson
February 2014 - December 2015

Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Triple Line Consulting Ltd.

Funder: ESRC and the Technology Strategy Board
Principal Investigators: James Copestake, and Joe Devine
January 2013–December 2014
Amount: £102,182

Assessing Rural Transformations - ART

Funder: ESRC-DFID
Principal Investigator: James Copestake
October 2012–September 2015
Amount: £365,656

Financial services, social networks and financial practices: investigating use and impact. Pt 1

Funder: Financial Sector Deepening Trust, Kenya
Principal Investigator: Susan Johnson
October 2012–February 2013
Amount: £33,000

Impact assessment of financial market development through the lens of complexity theory

Funder: Financial Sector Deepening Trust, Kenya
Principal Investigator: Susan Johnson
October 2012–February 2013
Amount: £24,000

Youth livelihoods, activism and extractive industry in Sierra Leone

Funder: British Academy
Principal Investigator: Roy Maconachie
July 2012-June 2013
Amount: £7,000

Joint MFS II Evaluations at Country Level - Bangladesh

Funder: WOTRO Science for Global Development
Principal Investigator: Joe Devine
May 2012–April 2015
Amount: €659, 278

Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Oxford Policy Management

Funder: Technology Strategy Board
Principal Investigator: Susan Johnson
September 2010 - August 2012
Amount: £86,059

Urban growth, domestic fuel choices and sustainable forestry in Kano, Nigeria

Funder: DfID under Round 5 of the British Council DelPHE Scheme
Principal Investigator: Roy Maconachie
September 2010-September 2013
Collaborating partners: Bayero University Kano, and the Centre for West African Studies, University of Birmingham
Amount: £60,000

Wellbeing and Poverty Pathways

Funder: ESRC/DFID Joint Scheme Phase 2 1st call
August 2010-July 2013
Principal Investigator: Sarah White
Collaborating partners: Brunel University (Department of Psychology); Govind Ballabh Pant Social Science Institute (India); Oxfam Hong Kong; Hodi (Zambia); Chaupal (India).
Amount:£500,000

Systematic review of the impact of Microcredit on the income of poor people

Funder: DFID
July 2010-June 2011
Principal Investigator: James Copestake in collaboration with Richard Palmer-Jones (University of East Anglia)
CDS research theme: Markets, Microfinance and Inclusion
Amount:£43,820

Civil society, ethnic boundaries and theological resources: A case study of charismatic churches in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Funder:Templeton Foundation
July 2010-December 2011
Principal Investigator: Graham Brown
CDS research theme: Insecurity and Conflict
Amount: $100,000

Financial innovation and policy development in low and middle income countries

Funder: ESRC and the Technology Strategy Board
February 2010-January 2012
Principal Investigators: James Copestake and Susan Johnson
CDS research theme: Markets, Microfinance and Inclusion
Amount: £80,637

Understanding changing use in Kenya’s financial service markets: Quantitative analysis

Funder: Financial Sector Deepening Trust, Kenya
December 2009 – April 2010
Principal Investigator: Susan Johnson
CDS research theme: Markets, Microfinance and Inclusion
Amount: £14,120

Financial Sector Deepening Kenya: Impact assessment

Funder: Oxford Policy Management under contract from Financial Sector Deepening Kenya.
October 2009-December 2009
Principal Investigator: Susan Johnson
CDS research theme: Markets, Microfinance and Inclusion
Amount: approx £15,000

Responsible Wellbeing toolkit project

Funder: Oxfam Hong Kong, Action Research
April 2009–December 2009
Principal Investigator: Sarah White
CDS research theme: Wellbeing and Human Development
Amount: £15,000

Protecting Palestinian children

Funder: East-West Trust and Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL),
Principal Investigator: Jason Hart with Claudia Lo Forte
CDS research theme: Gender, Childhood and Youth
Amount: £6,000 awarded April 2009; £100,000 awarded January 2008 -2010

Discourses of affirmative action: A comparative study of India and Malaysia

Funder: British Academy Small Research Grant
2008-2009
Principal Investigator: Graham Brown, Co-applicant, with Dr R. Bajpai, SOAS
CDS research theme: Insecurity and Conflict
Amount: £5,443

Non-governmental public action - 'The movement of the unemployed in Argentina'; and 'Social movements and collective autonomy in Latin America'

Funder: ESRC
2005-2008
Principal Investigator: Ana Cecilia Dinerstein
Collaborating partner: Centre for Civil Society, London School of Economics
Amount: £60,000

Urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA) in Freetown: Food security and income generation in post-conflict Sierra Leone

Funder: British Council/DfID, under the DelPHE Scheme
2007-2008
Principal Investigator: Roy Maconachie (University of Bath) with Dr Paul Tengbe (Fourah Bay College Sierra Leone), Dr Kenny Lynch (University of Gloucestershire), Prof Tony Binns (University of Otago, New Zealand)
CDS research theme: Insecurity and Conflict
Amount: £90,000

Beyond the resource curse?: Diamond mining, global capitalism and local development in post-conflict Sierra Leone

Funder: Nuffield Foundation Small Grants Scheme Award SGS/34836
2007-2008
Principal Investigator: Roy Maconachie (University of Bath) with Dr Gavin Hilson (Reading University)
CDS research theme: Insecurity and Conflict
Amount: £7,236

Religion and Development (RaD)

Funder: DFID
2005-2010
University of Birmingham Research Programme Consortium (RPC)
Principal Investigator: Joe Devine and Sarah White. With collaborators in India and Bangladesh.
Total grant: £3.5 million

ESRC Research Group on Wellbeing in Developing Countries (WeD)

Funder: ESRC
2002-2007
Principal Investigator: James Copestake, Joe Devine, Susan Johnson, Sarah White, Ian Gough, Andy McKay, Allister McGregor. With collaborative institutions in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Peru and Thailand.
Total grant: £3.25 million.