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


Shaomeng Li
Research Officer, TMCD
Adeel Malik
Islamic Centre Lecturer in the Economies of Muslim Societies
Ivan Manokha
Departmental Lecturer in International Political Economy
Sudheesh RC
Research Student
Diego Sánchez-Ancochea
Professor of the Political Economy of Development
Ignacio Schiappacasse
Research Student
Luis Vargas Faulbaum
Research Student (PRS)
Christopher Woodruff
Professor of Development Economics


29 Jun, 2017
TMCD research on new way of valuing early-stage technology wins Best Paper award
22 Jun, 2017
New VoxDev platform aims to distil best of development economics research
16 Jun, 2017
TMCD signs new MoU with Chinese Academy of Science to continue research collaboration
12 Apr, 2017
Xiaolan Fu speaks on impact of emerging technologies at UN, ILO meetings
29 Mar, 2017
ODID's digital diplomacy researchers recognised in #SODD16 review
25 Jan, 2017
New book - Tanzania: The Path to Prosperity co-edited by Christopher Adam
15 Dec, 2016
TMCD completes MNEmerge project with high-level policy engagement conference at UNIDO
10 Dec, 2016
Valpy FitzGerald speaks at UK Global Tax Transparency Summit
02 Dec, 2016
ODID researchers co-host workshop on Twitter diplomacy at UN Office in Geneva
30 Nov, 2016
Harnessing STI progress for sustainable inclusive development: TMCD hosts inaugural Sino-UK Innovation and Development Forum


03 Jan, 2017
'Why the rise of wearable tech to monitor employees is worrying'. Ivan Manokha writes for The Conversation
23 Nov, 2016
'"Doing Business" Should Stop Promoting Tax Competition'. Valpy FitzGerald co-authors critique of World Bank report in Project Syndicate
29 Sep, 2016
'China’s G20 summit: how not to do message control'. Tristen Naylor writes for
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