The Centre for Development Studies (CDS) research (including action research and knowledge transfer partnerships) involves collaboration with official donors, NGOs and consultancy firms.

Our research aims to provide critical but constructive insights into how development organisation operate and interact.

The political economy of governance and power relations across state, market and civil society are central to this theme, including analysis of evolving welfare and security regimes at local, national and global levels.

This theme also draws CDS staff into development consultancy and professional evaluation, including through Bath Social and Development Research Ltd, a spin-off non-profit company specialised in qualitative impact evaluation.

Current research projects

Past research projects

Development policy, practice and political economy researchers