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
International Growth Centre
Technology & Management Centre for Development
Social interactions and stability of social preferences
Business power and agency in global governance
South-South trade and the political economy of tea in Sri Lanka
Assisting job search in low-employment communities
MNEmerge project: MNEs and global development
Perceived income inequality and corruption
Social interactions and stability of social preferences


Christopher Adam
Professor of Development Economics and Head of Department
Manhal Ali
Research Officer: Productivity and Development, The Readymade Garment Productivity Project
Cinar Baymul
Research Student
Corneliu Bjola
Associate Professor of Diplomatic Studies
Sophie Boote
Research Assistant
Mihika Chatterjee
Research Student
Carmen Contreras Romero
Research Student
Frances Cossar
Research Student
Cheryl Doss
Senior Departmental Lecturer in Development Economics and Associate Professor


14 Jun, 2019
New UNCTAD report explores how countries can build digital skills to support sustainable development
07 Jun, 2019
New book co-authored by Xiaolan Fu explores impact of Chinese, European MNEs in Africa
23 May, 2019
New article co-authored by Xiaolan Fu examines impact of interactions between innovation players
25 Apr, 2019
New book co-edited by Adeel Malik offers detailed picture of ‘crony capitalism’ in Middle East
24 Apr, 2019
Xiaolan Fu gives keynote on multinationals and local capacity building
04 Apr, 2019
Increasing trade in clean technologies holds great potential for developing countries, new report finds
01 Feb, 2019
New book by Tristen Naylor examines ‘social closure’ and management of international society
17 Jan, 2019
New book by DPhil Ilan Manor explores digitalization of public diplomacy
21 Dec, 2018
New book co-edited by Corneliu Bjola explores use of digital technology for disinformation
19 Dec, 2018
Article co-authored by Xiaolan Fu about impact of returnees on Chinese firms wins IBR Best Journal Paper Award


15 Apr, 2019
'Nueva diplomacia: cómo son los embajadores 2.0'. Corneliu Bjola writes about diplomatic engagement online for Argentina's Noticias
05 Feb, 2019
'New means of workplace surveillance'. Ivan Manokha writes for Monthly Review on the history and current state of play in employee surveillance
08 Jan, 2019
'The specter of bots and trolls'. DPhil Ilan Manor and Patrick Thewlis write for the Jerusalem Post
30 Oct, 2018
'Opposing labour market Uberculosis'. Ivan Manokha writes for openDemocracy on the significance of the recent strike by Uber workers
30 Oct, 2018
'How not taxing the rich got Pakistan into another fiscal crisis'. Adeel Malik writes for Al Jazeera
15 Jun, 2018
'If you overuse memes (like the Russian embassy in London) you risk further controversy'. Corneliu Bjola cited in article in The Hill
03 May, 2018
'Cambridge Analytica’s closure is a pyrrhic victory for data privacy'. Ivan Manokha writes for The Conversation
09 Apr, 2018
'Diplomacy has been "weaponized" with memes, trolling, online polls'. Corneliu Bjola cited in NBC news article 9 April
08 Mar, 2018
'Chinese company files more European patent applications than any other'. Xiaolan Fu comments for China Daily
19 Dec, 2017
'Reaping the benefits of digital public diplomacy'. Corneliu Bjola and Ilan Manor write for the Jerusalem Post