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
- WorkFREE: What can cash transfers contribute to the fight for decent work?
- Social mobilisation for social policy: Building the policy-making of state and society in the Arab region
- Evaluating social and development interventions using the QuIP
Past research projects
- New policy responses to extreme poverty in Bangladesh: What difference does it make?
- UNICEF database on social policy expertise in the MENA region
- MENA social policy research network
- Deployable sustainable energy sources for portable, transportable energy supplies in development contexts
- SODIS(3D): Water treatment units for rural communities using 3-D printing, mathematical modelling
- Qualitative Impact Assessment Protocol for Social Impact Investing (QUIPSII)
- Fairtrade cocoa production and gender in Ghana: a participatory video approach
- Economic empowerment of the poorest challenge fund (Shiree) - Bangladesh
- Financial capabilities: conceptualising and investigating their role and relevance for financial inclusion in Kenya
- Knowledge transfer partnership with Triple Line Consulting Ltd.
- Assessing Rural Transformations - ART
- Financial services, social networks and financial practices: investigating use and impact. Part 1
- Impact assessment of financial market development through the lens of complexity theory
- Joint MFS II evaluations at country level - Bangladesh
- Knowledge transfer partnership with Oxford Policy Management
Development policy, practice and political economy researchers
- Michael Bloomfield
- Jean Boulton
- Louise Brown
- Aurelie Charles
- James Copestake
- Severine Deneulin
- Joe Devine
- Ana C Dinerstein
- Alinka Gearon
- Jennifer Golan
- Jason Hart
- Neil Howard
- Rana Jawad
- Cynthia Kamwengo
- Katharina Lenner
- Roy Maconachie
- Mathilde Maitrot
- Ajit Mishra
- Arif Naveed
- Ben Radley
- Yixian Sun
- Jennifer Thomson
- Oliver Walton
- Geof Wood