J. Allister McGregor - Cluster Leader
Professor J.Allister McGregor uses his background in economics and anthropology to study the ways that systems of governance and the formulation and implementation of development policies impact upon poor people. His most recent work has been on conceptualising and then operationalising a social conception of wellbeing both as a way of critically analysing the persistence of poverty and as a means of re-evaluating development policy and practice.
He is currently using the wellbeing to framework in the ongoing study of fishing communities in South and Southeast Asia, where there are conflicts between conservation and poverty policy objectives. He has a programme of research collaboration with colleagues in Thailand and has a particular interest in the nature of development processes in that country.
Previous projects include: WeD; Norwegian Aid Evaluation; REME; Inland Fisheries
Resilience, Adaptability, and Transformability of Fishing Communities in the Face of the World Fisheries Crisis
An Economics of Wellbeing: What Would Economics Look Like if it were Focused on Human Wellbeing?IDS Working Paper 436 (2014)
This paper makes a number of fundamental proposals to reconsider economics by putting human wellbeing at the centre. More details
Evaluating Outside the Box: An Alternative Framework for Analysing Social Protection ProgrammesIDS Working Paper 431 (2013)
The evidence base on social protection programmes is expanding rapidly, largely pointing towards their positive impacts. More details
Time to Reimagine DevelopmentIDS Bulletin 42.5 (2011)
The major global crises of the past four years have collectively had a dramatic impact on people's lives and livelihoods – but have they also had a large impact on core ideas underlying mainstream development? More details
The Capability Approach and the Politics of a Social Conception of WellbeingEuropean Journal of Social Theory 13.4 (2010)
The capability approach constitutes a significant contribution to social theory but its potential is diminished by its insufficient treatment of the social construction of meaning. More details