John Gaventa 2017

John Gaventa - Director of Research

Professor John Gaventa is a political sociologist, educator and civil society practitioner with over 30 years of experience in research, teaching and facilitation, and organisational leadership in North and South.

Currently Director of Research at the Institute of Development Studies, he previously served as Director of the Coady International Institute and Vice President of International Development at StFX University in Canada (2011-2014). Prior to that, he was a Fellow in the Power, Participation and Social Change team at IDS, and Director of the Development Research Centre on Citizenship, Participation and Accountability, based at IDS.

Linking research and practice, he has written and worked extensively on issues of citizenship and citizen engagement, power and participation, governance and accountability, and leadership for social change in a number of countries around the world. His most recent books include Citizen-Led Innovation for a New Economy (forthcoming with Alison Mathie), Globalising Citizen Engagements (co-editor with Rajesh Tandon) and Citizen Action and National Policy Reform (co-editor with Rosemary McGee), both published by Zed Books.

A former Rhodes Scholar and MacArthur Prize Fellow, in 2011 he also received the Tisch Civic Engagement Research Prize for his distinguished scholarship on civic learning, citizen participation and engaged research. In 2012, he was awarded an OBE for his service to Oxfam Great Britain, where he was chair from 2006 – 2011. He holds a DPhil degree from Oxford University.

In this project, IDS will draw upon and expand its rich experience at the forefront of thinking about participation in development, and our emerging work at the intersection of participation and markets. We will co-create along with the Economic Advancement Program (EAP) at the Open Society Foundations (OSF), a deeper understanding of participation in economic advancement in general, as well as how EAP can bring participatory approaches into its own practice.

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The next World Social Science Report due to be published in 2016 will focus on the critical contemporary issues of inequalities and justice.

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Promoting greater citizen participation in local governance through international dialogue and exchange.

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This is the cover to IDS Bulletin 47.6, 'Engaged Excellence'.

Engaged Excellence

IDS Bulletin 47.6 (2016)

Who defines what good quality research is? How, why and who should we co-construct knowledge with? What counts as impact? How do we build enduring partnerships? The articles in this IDS Bulletin aim to answer these questions based on IDS’ approach of ‘engaged excellence’. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Challenging Inequalities: Pathways to a Just World. World Social Science Report 2016

The processes influencing declines or increases in inequality are global and interlinked, the responses to these processes are specific, heterogeneous and uneven. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Consequences and Futures of Inequalities (an introduction to Part II)

If we continue on the pathway of growing inequality, what will the consequences be? What are the possibilities of alternative pathways which take us to a fairer world? What will be the critical tipping points along the way? More details

IDS publications on international development research

Untangling Economic and Political Inequality: the Case of South Africa

South Africa illustrates the deep interconnections of economic, social and political inequalities, ones which can only be broken through new forms of political action. More details

This is the front cover to Innovation 5, 'Can Participation ‘fix’ Inequality?
Unpacking the Relationship Between the Economic and Political Citizenship'

Can Participation ‘fix’ Inequality? Unpacking the Relationship Between the Economic and Political Citizenship

Innovation Series 5 (2016)

This paper, based on a lecture given at the University of Sussex, UK, takes on the issue of growing inequality. More details