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.
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.
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
Fossil Fuel Prices and Taxes, and Their Effects on Economic Development and Income Distribution in Viet Nam
The project aimed to explore the short and long run impacts of imposing additional fossil fuel taxes and removing respective existing subsidies on the Vietnamese economy. More details
Cost Benefit Analysis - Livelihoods Centred Disaster Risk Reduction
A systematic cost-benefit analysis of a community-based disaster risk management project led by Practical Action in two districts of Nepal over the period 2007 to 2010. More details
The Level of Sophistication and Technological Content of African Exports. Does Africa Benefit from South-South Trade?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Indian Public Opinion Monitor: Baseline Survey Results
The Indian Public Opinion Monitor (IPOM) is a longitudinal panel of opinion leaders from across India that aims to provide an ongoing monitor of opinions and perspectives on the economic and social development of India, and on India’s place in the wider world. More details
South Africa Public Opinion Monitor: Baseline Survey Results
The South African Public Opinion Monitor (SAPOM) is a longitudinal panel of 2,526 opinion leaders from across South Africa that aims to provide an ongoing monitor of opinions and perspectives on the economic and social development of South Africa and its place in the wider world. More details
What is the Economic Engagement Footprint of Rising Powers in Africa?
This Policy Briefing shows that economic engagement with countries in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is not that different to that of OECD countries. More details
IDS South Africa Events: Report from the Series of Events held by IDS and Partners in Johannesburg Preceding the 5th BRICS Summit in March 2013
This paper reports on a series of conferences, meetings and events held by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and its international partners in the build up to the 5th BRICS Summit in March 2013. More details
Policy Network Agenda Johannesburg, 20 March 2013: IDS Rising Powers in International Development Advisory Council Discussion
This document presents a summary of a discussion held on 20 March 2013 between five members of the Advisory Council of the IDS Rising Powers in International Development (RPID) programme and three IDS RPID staff members. More details
Is there hope for a green transformation?
Blog post published on the Globalisation and Development blog. More details
What is Business and Development? An Annotated Bibliography
This annotated bibliography provides an exhaustive collection of resources on the topic of Business and Development. More details
Development Finance Institutions and Infrastructure: Findings from a Systematic Review of Evidence for Development Additionality
By leveraging private investment, Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) aim to reduce the infrastructure financing gap in the developing world. This article summarises the findings of a Systematic Review of the evidence on the development impact of DFI support for private participation in infrastructure. More details
Mobilising Investment for Inclusive Green Growth in Low-Income Countries
Low income countries (LICs) require very large investments if they are to move to a trajectory of inclusive green growth. The most important sector for inclusive green growth is energy, both in terms of increasing generation from renewable sources, and improving the efficiency with which energy is used. This paper explores how additional private investment can be attracted into the energy sectors of LICs in both these areas at the scale and in the form needed. More details
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