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
- Rethinking accountability for digitised futures in Bangladesh
- Toward a relational turn in development theory and policy: a comparative analysis of two PAR interventions in the wake of COVID-19
- GNCA/ODA Additional funds for MEANA SP
- Conflict and peace-building in the MENA region: is social protection the missing link?
- Social Protection in the Syrian and Jordian Garment Industry
- WorkFREE: What can cash transfers contribute to the fight for decent work?
- Evaluating social and development interventions using the QuIP
- Bath Research into Development Fund
- Research Director and Intellectual Leadership - Centre of Excellence for Development Impact and Learning
Past research projects
- Social mobilisation for social policy: Building the policy-making of state and society in the Arab region
- 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, poverty and political economy researchers
- Michael Bloomfield
- Jean Boulton
- Louise Brown
- Aurelie Charles
- James Copestake
- Joe Devine
- Ana C Dinerstein
- Alinka Gearon
- Jennifer Golan
- Jason Hart
- Neil Howard
- Rana Jawad
- Joel Lazarus
- Katharina Lenner
- Roy Maconachie
- Mathilde Maitrot
- Ajit Mishra
- Arif Naveed
- Ben Radley
- Yixian Sun
- Jennifer Thomson
- Oliver Walton
- Geof Wood
- Asha Amirali
- Cameron Thibos
- Jennifer Thomson
- Mihika Chatterjee
- Richard Itaman