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Research Themes

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.

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Migration and Refugees in a Global Context

Although the integration of global markets now permits free movement of capital, goods and services, the same is not true of people. Migration in its various forms has become a central feature of international development in its economic, political, legal, social and cultural dimensions. Oxford now leads the world in research on this vital subject.

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Human Development, Poverty and Children

Human development – beyond per capita income, through health and education, to enabling productive, creative and autonomous lives – has been a core theme for the department since the pioneering work of Paul Streeten (QEH Director 1971–1978) and Frances Stewart (Director 1994–2004).

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Political Change, Conflict and the Environment

Work in this theme is mainly conducted by individual faculty members with their research students and post-doctoral fellows. Between 2003 and 2010 the DfID-funded Centre for Research on Inequality, Human Security and Ethnicity (CRISE) built on pioneering work in the department during the 1990s on the relationship between war and underdevelopment.

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Photo: G Aris, MPhil 2007-09

International Development: increasing well-being and reducing inequality in global society