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John Gaventa - Director of Research

Edward Jackson is Honorary Associate affiliated with the Business, Markets and the State research cluster. His current research interests include youth employment, impact investing and innovative finance and their evaluation, social enterprise, local governance, and community-university partnerships.

A former faculty member in public policy, international affairs and African studies, and associate dean, at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, Professor Jackson has also served as a management consultant and program evaluator to development agencies, foundations, governments, NGOs and universities in 50 countries on all continents, with a special focus on West and Southern Africa, and South and Southeast Asia.

His recent publications include a report on youth employment in Africa for the MasterCard Foundation, a series of working papers on evaluating impact investing for the Rockefeller Foundation, and an evaluation of the governance programs of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, all co-written with colleagues. He is also co-editor, with four other colleagues, of Knowledge, Democracy and Action: Community-University Research Partnerships in Global Perspectives (Manchester University Press, 2013).

Ted Jackson has earned honours and awards for his leadership and innovation in program evaluation, community development, development management, graduate teaching, and community-campus engagement. He holds Ed.D and M.Ed degrees in adult education from the University of Toronto and a BA (Hons) in psychology from the University of Western Ontario.

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Participation in Economic Decision-Making: A Primer

This primer is designed to help programmes that aim to build participation into economic decision-making to better understand what ‘participation’ means. More details

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