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

Barriers to youth employment in South Africa
Politics of the poor: banking on Universal Basic Income in India
Land for Industry: State-Society Relations in Agrarian Maharashtra
Inclusive Digital Model Project
Trade in Environmentally Sound Technologies: Implications for Developing Countries


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
06 Apr, 2016
Secret diplomacy - concepts, contexts and cases: new book co-edited by Corneliu Bjola