Economic Development and International Institutions

Development economics has been a long-standing research strength of the department, with innovative work ranging from rural poverty and enterprise technology, through macroeconomic policy and aid strategy, to international trade and foreign investment. This work is characterised by an emphasis on the testing of analytical models on primary empirical data.

In recent years, a new focus on the international economic institutions has emerged, addressing issues of financial governance, international taxation and environmental regulation.

The research groups working on this theme are the International Growth Centre (IGC), jointly with the Oxford Department of Economics and London School of Economics; and the Technology and Management Centre for Development (TMCD). There are also a number of senior scholars in the department with individual research projects in this field.


Fieldwork photo by Jean-Benoit Falisse, DPhil in International Development

In the media
Industrial cluster relocation: intra- and extra-cluster linkages using social network analysis...
Model or mirage? 'Good governance' solutions and the politics of reform in Ghana’s oil i...
Seed security and agro-biodiversity in eastern Ethiopia
A multidimensional approach to understanding Chinese HIV civil organisations
Diplomacy 2.0: framing of countries in times of crisis
The real deal with land deals: consensus building, women's autonomy and individual wellbeing...
Valuation of early-stage technology
Agricultural development, mechanization and rental markets: theory and empirics from Ghana and Eth...
Understanding innovation in Low Income Countries


Ivan Manokha
Departmental Lecturer in International Political Economy
Sudheesh Ramapurath Chemmencheri
Research Student
Diego Sanchez-Ancochea
Associate Professor of the Political Economy of Latin America
Ignacio Schiappacasse
Research Student
Luis Vargas Faulbaum
Research Student (PRS)
Christopher Woodruff
Professor of Development Economics


30 Nov, 2016
Harnessing STI progress for sustainable inclusive development: TMCD hosts inaugural Sino-UK Innovation and Development Forum
18 Nov, 2016
New book: The Quest for Universal Social Policy co-authored by Diego Sanchez-Ancochea
01 Nov, 2016
New article by Corneliu Bjola examines how to measure impact of digital diplomacy
14 Oct, 2016
Christopher Woodruff joins ODID as new Professor of Development Economics
30 Sep, 2016
Xiaolan Fu joins Leadership Council of UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network
19 Sep, 2016
New World Development paper co-authored by Christopher Adam, Douglas Gollin explores public investment in Tanzania
06 Jul, 2016
Paper co-authored by Xiaolan Fu ranked among 'Most Cited Articles' in World Development
06 Jun, 2016
Xiaolan Fu appointed to Governing Council of proposed new UN Technology Bank
17 May, 2016
Xiaolan Fu presents at World Summit on the Information Society Forum 2016
02 May, 2016
Xiaolan Fu speaks at high-level UN debate on SDGs


01 Sep, 2016
'G20: Trudeau is Canada’s diplomatic super-weapon as it bids to stay relevant'. Tristen Naylor writes for The Conversation
10 Jun, 2016
'China should continue to invest in science and technology'. Xiaolan Fu interviewed by China Daily
08 Jun, 2016
'To transform Africa’s economies, African companies matter too'. Zainab Usman writes in The Conversation
25 Apr, 2016
'Africa needs smart macroeconomic policies to navigate headwinds'. Christopher Adam writes for The Conversation
23 Mar, 2016
'Urbanisation in developing countries: a completely different kettle of fish'. Douglas Gollin and colleagues write in The Conversation
05 Nov, 2015
'The Politics of Economic Diversification in the Middle East'. Adeel Malik writes for Foreign Affairs
21 May, 2015
'Escaping the Middle East’s Violence Trap'. Adeel Malik co-authors article for Project Syndicate
02 Sep, 2014
'Conflict and Development in the Middle East'. Adeel Malik co-authors article for Huffington Post
06 Aug, 2013
'Egypt’s Economy of Dependence'. Adeel Malik co-authors article in New York Times
08 May, 2013
'An Arab Marshall Plan'. Adeel Malik co-authors article for Project Syndicate