GLOBAL KNOWLEDGE FOR GLOBAL CHANGE

Globalisation

The Globalisation Team carries out research and policy work aimed at promoting sustainable economic growth to reduce poverty. Our work focuses on the dynamics of the global environment in which the private sector investment and growth necessary for poverty reduction is situated.

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Our starting point is an understanding that the global economy is experiencing an unprecedented shift in economic power from West to East, rapid technological transformation, increasing turbulence as a result of excessive global liquidity, and deep inequalities between and within countries. Policies for growth have to understand and respond to these challenges.

Our work highlights the magnitude of some of these changes — for example, the impact of China on global prices of manufactures and raw materials — but our analysis does not see globalisation processes as the blind operation of market forces. Our research places markets within the institutional context of rules and regulations that are established at multiple levels and through the interaction of multiple actors in the global economy.

Global rules and standards not only regulate global trade and finance, but also impact upon national economies through their requirements for banking systems, macroeconomic management, competition policy, intellectual property law and so on.

Furthermore, our team's research pays particular attention to the activities of powerful private sector actors at multiple points in the global economy, examining their roles in shaping global institutions and local economies.

This perspective enables us to identify new challenges in the global economy and to identify the multiple routes through which power and resource inequalities are reproduced within it. More positively, it helps to identify new opportunities and routes to challenging these inequalities.

Key contacts

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T: +44 (0)1273 915691

E: s.henson@ids.ac.uk

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T: +44 (0)1273 915693

E: c.huggett@ids.ac.uk

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Team Members

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E: c.huggett@ids.ac.uk

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T: +44 (0)1273 915700

E: d.willenbockel@ids.ac.uk

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E: e.robinson@ids.ac.uk

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E: h.schmitz@ids.ac.uk

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E: j.constantine@ids.ac.uk

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T: +44 (0)1273 915692

E: j.gu@ids.ac.uk

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T: +44 (0)1273 915732

E: j.thorpe@ids.ac.uk

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E: j.humphrey@ids.ac.uk

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IDS staff or research student

E: J.Garcia-Cardona@ids.ac.uk

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Stephen Spratt, IDS Research Fellow

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IDS staff or research student

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China-UK Cooperation on African Trade for Poverty Reduction

This IDS led project aims to evaluate changing trade and investment relations between China, and also the UK, with Kenya and South Africa and the consequences of these changes. More details

Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in Agriculture: Enabling Factors and Impact on the Rural Poor

This research will identify the key factors driving the effectivness of public-private partnerships (PPPs) at bringing sustained increases in income for smallholder farmers at scale and delivering positive development outcomes across rural communities. More details

Framework for Assessing the Impacts of Efforts to Enhance Access to Nutritious Foods

The objective of this research is to develop capacity and an analytical approach for the analysis of value chains-based initiatives aimed at enhancing access and consumption of nutritious foods by the poor and to use this learning to develop research proposals on leveraging value chains for nutrition. More details

Rent Management: the Heart of Green Industrial Policy

At the heart of green industrial policy is rent management: government creating and withdrawing opportunities for highly profitable investment. This project asks what the key factors are for rent management to succeed. More details

Business from the BRICS

The Rising Powers in International Development Programme is looking at the growing role of business from the BRICS countries in the field of international development cooperation. More details

Climate Change and Economic Growth: An Intertemporal General Equilibrium Analysis for Egypt

Due to the high concentration of economic activity along the low-lying coastal zone of the Nile delta and its dependence on Nile river streamflow, Egypt's economy is highly exposed to adverse climate change. More details

AgMIP Global Economic Model Intercomparison

The Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP) hosted by the Columbia University Earth Institute is a major international effort to assess the state of global agricultural modelling and to understand climate impacts on the agricultural sector. More details

Global Power Shift and Low Carbon Transformation

Two transformations are likely to dominate the first half of the twenty-first century. One is the shift in economic power from the West (North America and Western Europe) to the East (China and the East Asian production system). The second is the transition from a high to low carbon economy. More details

Political Economy of Low Carbon Investment in China and India

This project investigates whether and how coalitions of public, private and civic actors influence low carbon investment. More details

Who Drives Climate Policies in the Rising Powers?

This project is concerned with the political economy analysis of climate change policies. The central question of the project is who drives/obstructs climate change policies in the rising powers, paying special attention to renewable energy policies. More details

International Public Opinion Monitor

The International Public Opinion Monitor aims to understand how everyday citizens see the world in which live, and how their attitudes change (or not) over time. More details

China and International Development Cooperation

China is now the African continent's biggest trading partner, and also involved in a wide range of development cooperation projects including in agriculture, health and social policy. The Rising Powers in International Development Programme is looking at the growing role of China in the field of international development cooperation. More details

Pro-Poor Electricity Provision

This programme will develop and promote evidence-based policy and programme guidance on low carbon energy investments to benefit poor people, especially women and girls. More details

BRICS Economic Engagement Footprint Study

This project investigated the nature of economic relations between the BRICS and Africa, in order to quantify the development footprint, focusing on various elements such as trade, investment. finance, ODA and migration. The current phase aims to look at development finance and the role of BRICS development banks. More details

Low Carbon Innovation Paths in China, India and Europe

Mitigating climate change requires technological innovation. This project analyses the innovation paths pursued in Europe and Asia. More details

Development Studies Learning Partnership

The Development Studies Learning Partnership under the BRICS Initiative in 2011, enables collaborative learning between traditional and emerging actors in development, be they academics, researchers, practitioners or policy-makers. More details

Financing Renewable Energy in Developing Countries: Mechanisms and Responsibilities

Financing Renewable Energy in Developing Countries: Mechanisms and Responsibilities is a background paper that has been prepared for the European Report on Development (ERD) 2012. More details

Aid for Nutrition - How Much is Being Invested?

This project, funded by Action Against Hunger (AAH) includes a literature review of effectiveness of current nutrition spending, with a focus on which activities (and composition of activities) are required to meet 2015 targets and how these are currently defined by different donors. More details

Partnering for Better Food

This project aims to identify and support scalable public-private innovative partnerships in developing countries that bridge the gaps between agriculture and nutrition programmes to improve nutrition for the poor and undernourished. More details

What are the Effects of Free Trade Zones on Employment and Wages?

Systematic review funded by 3ie to look at the existing evidence on what the effects of free trade zones on employment and wages More details

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Policy Options to Enhance Markets for Nutrient-Dense Foods in Nigeria

This report analyses policy options for reducing undernutrition in Nigeria by improving the functioning of markets and the private sector in providing food. The report identifies specific constraints that inhibit businesses from providing these foods, and reviews experiences with five policy strategies to address this problem. More details

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Understanding and Enhancing the Role of Business in International Development

Political, private sector and development leaders broadly agree that business has a critical role to play in driving innovation, promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth and improving human wellbeing. More details

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Understanding and Enhancing the Role of Business in International Development: A Conceptual Framework and Agenda for Research

It is now commonplace for development policy makers to refer to the contributions of businesses to the achievement of development goals and the importance of collaborations between businesses and development agencies. More details

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Is Nutrition Losing Out in African Agricultural Policies? Evidence from Nigeria

Agricultural policies in many African countries focus on industrialising food value chains and substituting domestic products for imported ones. Yet experience in Nigeria shows that, by focusing on staple crops and neglecting vegetables, pulses and animal proteins, these policies are missing opportunities to address micronutrient undernutrition. More details

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The Role of Businesses in Providing Nutrient-Rich Foods for the Poor: A Case Study in Tanzania

This case study of a Tanzanian food processing business analyses the potential of mid-sized businesses to contribute to tackling undernutrition. Particularly among young children and pregnant mothers, undernutrition has lifelong consequences and impedes individuals’ health, wellbeing and life chances. More details

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Non-Profit Food Distribution: Working with Businesses to Reduce Undernutrition in Nigeria

In Nigeria, undernutrition is causing vast social and economic damage. To address this, poor people must have better access to a diet rich in essential nutrients. More details

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How does the Global Power Shift Affect the Low Carbon Transformation?

Two transformations are likely to dominate the first half of the twenty-first century. One is the shift in economic power from the West (North America and Western Europe) to the East (China and the East Asian production system). The second is the transition from a high to low carbon economy. More details

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Does China's Economic Rise Help or Hinder the Development of its Neighbours?

With its huge size, vast low-cost labour force, and deep industrial foundation, China has become a major producer of a wide range of manufactured goods. More details

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How Does Financial Regulation in Low-Income Countries Affect Growth and Financial Stability?

Without effective regulation, financial systems can become unstable, triggering crises that can devastate the real economy. However, there is another side to regulation. The primary purpose of finance is to facilitate productive economic activity. The avoidance of crises creates the foundation for this, but does not guarantee it is done well: financial regulation has a profound effect on the ability of the financial system to perform this function. More details

The Economic Engagement Footprint of Rising Powers in Sub-Saharan Africa

The Economic Engagement Footprint of Rising Powers in sub-Saharan Africa: Trade, FDI and Aid Flows

Estimates suggest that over the last decade both trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) from emerging economies to Africa ballooned. More details

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Learning Event on the Rising Powers for DFID Advisors, April-May 2012

The Learning Event brought together colleagues from DFID, IDS, and the BRICS, and aimed to facilitate the sharing and learning of experiences in international development and policy More details

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Rising Powers in International Development: Building an Agenda for Collaboration

IDS marked the launch of its Rising Powers in International Development (RPID) programme with a workshop which brought together participants from potential partner institutions in the BRICS countries. More details

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DFID-IDS Learning Event Report, December 2012: Understanding Health, Social Policy and Civil Society in the BRICS Countries

This document presents a summary of a series of meetings held at the DFID offices in London on 6 December 2012. More details

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Advisory Council Seminar IV, 2 July 2013: IDS Rising Powers in International Development Advisory Council Discussion

This document presents a summary of a discussion held on 2 July 2013 between members of the Advisory Council of the IDS Rising Powers in International Development (RPID) programme and IDS RPID staff members. More details

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The BRICS Countries and the Changing Nature of the International Development Policy Landscape: IDS Rising Powers in International Development Advisory Council Discussion

This document presents a summary of a discussion held on 4 December, 2012, between six members of the Advisory Council of the IDS Rising Powers in International Development (RPID) programme. More details

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Evaluating Experimental Policymaking: Lessons from China's Rural Health Reforms

The development of a rural health insurance system in China provides a test case to examine how experimental policy development can work in social and health policy. More details

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Brazil Public Opinion Monitor: Baseline Survey Results

These results aim to provide a baseline of opinions and perspectives on the economic and social development of Brazil, and on Brazil’s place in the wider world. More details

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Rising Powers in International Development: Building an Agenda for Collaboration

In May 2012, the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) marked the launch of it's Rising Powers in International Development (RPID) programme with a workshop which brought together participants from potential partner institutions in the BRICS countries to discuss an agenda for future collaboration in research, teaching, and policy work. More details

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Aid for Nutrition: Maximising the Impact of Nutrition-Sensitive Interventions

This paper develops a diagnostic framework to help prioritise nutrition-sensitive interventions in a situation where evidence is both limited and unevenly distributed. More details

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Policy Guidelines: Enhancing Markets for Nutrient-Dense Foods in Ghana

This report analyses policy options for promoting nutrient-dense foods to reduce undernutrition in Ghana. More details

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