Books

IDS researchers write or edit an array of new book tiles every year published by external publishers including; Practical Action, Palgrave, Earthscan, Zed and many more. Their works covers many development themes including gender, participation, agriculture, science and technology, etc.

Below is a list of recent titles.

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This is the front cover to the book, 'Food Riots, Food Rights and the Politics of Provisions'.

Food Riots, Food Rights and the Politics of Provisions

Thousands of people in dozens of countries took to the streets when world food prices spiked in 2008 and 2011. What does the persistence of popular mobilization around food tell us about the politics of subsistence in an era of integrated food markets and universal human rights? More details


This is the front cover to the book, 'Can We Know Better?: Reflections for Development'.

Can We Know Better?: Reflections for Development

This book is intended for all who are committed to human wellbeing and who want to make our world fairer, safer and more fulfilling for everyone, especially those who are ‘last’. It argues that to do better we need to know better. It provides evidence that what we believe we know in international development is often distorted or unbalanced by errors, myths, biases and blind spots. More details


Agronomy for Development book cover

Agronomy for Development: The Politics of Knowledge in Agricultural Research

Over the last decade there has been renewed interest in food security and the state of the global food system. Population growth, climate change and food price spikes have combined to focus new attention on the technologies and institutions that underpin the production and consumption of food that is varied, nutritious and safe. More details


This is the front cover to the book, 'Flows and Practices: The Politics of Integrated Water Resources Management in Eastern and Southern Africa'.

Flows and Practices: The Politics of Integrated Water Resources Management in Eastern and Southern Africa

Book (2017)

For the past two decades, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) has been the dominant paradigm in water resources. This book explores how ideas of IWRM are being translated and adapted in Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. More details


This is the cover to the book, 'Pathways to Sustainable Agriculture'

Pathways to Sustainable Agriculture

This free book highlights some of the major findings that have emerged over the last decade of the STEPS Centre’s research on sustainable agriculture. More details


This is the front cover to the book, 'The Social Realities of Knowledge for Development: Sharing Lessons of Improving Development Processes with Evidence'.

The Social Realities of Knowledge for Development: Sharing Lessons of Improving Development Processes with Evidence

This edited collection of peer-reviewed papers explores critical challenges faced by organisations and individuals involved in evidence-informed development through a diverse set of case studies and think-pieces. More details


This is the front cover to the book, 'Taxing Multinational Enterprises as Unitary Firms'.

Taxing Multinational Enterprises as Unitary Firms

The international tax system needs a paradigm shift. The rules devised over 80 years ago treat the different parts of a multinational enterprise as if they were independent entities, although they also give national tax authorities powers to adjust the accounts of these entities. More details


This is the front cover to the book 'The Aid Lab'.

The Aid Lab: Understanding Bangladesh's Unexpected Success

From an unpromising start as 'the basket-case' to present day plaudits for its human development achievements, Bangladesh plays an ideological role in the contemporary world order, offering proof that the neo-liberal development model works under the most testing conditions. More details


This is the front cover to the Making All Voice Count (MAVC) summary, 'Taking scale into account in transparency and accountability initiatives'.

Taking Scale into Account in Transparency and Accountability Initiatives

Research Report Summary (2016)

This research summary is based on one section of a longer research paper by Jonathan Fox. Both the summary and the paper have been co-produced by the Empowerment and Accountability Research Programme – led by the Institute of Development Studies and funded by UK aid from the UK government –and Making All Voices Count. More details


This is the cover of the book ''A Practical Guide to Implementation Research on Health Systems'.

A Practical Guide to Implementation Research on Health Systems

This is an open access resource targeted primarily at post-graduate students intending to undertake field research on health systems interventions in resource-poor environments. More details


This is the front cover to 'Precarious Lives: Food, Work and Care After the Global Food Crisis'.

Precarious Lives: Food, Work and Care After the Global Food Crisis

IDS-Oxfam Report (2016)

This report finds that the global food crises of 2007-11 has brougth about lasting changes to the relationship between the work people do and the food they eat - the costs of which have gone uncounted. More details


This is the image of the book, 'The Power of Maps: Bringing the Third Dimension to the Negotiation Table'.

The Power of Maps - Bringing the Third Dimension to the Negotiation Table

Participatory 3D modelling (P3DM) is one of the most remarkable innovations of the late 20th century. It is remarkable because it brings together three elements that many would consider incompatible – local spatial and natural resource knowledge, geographic information systems (GIS) and physical modelling. 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


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Ejecting Women from Formal Politics in the 'old-new' Egypt 2011-2012

Women the world over are being prevented from engaging in politics. Women’s political leadership of any sort is a rarity and a career in politics rarer still. More details


Non-IDS publication

Resistance, Revolt, and Gender Justice in Egypt

Unlike past and future uprising's during this protest, it was the women who shouted the slogans and the men who tagged along. More details


This is the cover to the report, 'Disability inclusion'.

Disability Inclusion

GSDRC Topic Guide (2015)

This guide summarises some of the most rigorous available evidence on the key debates and challenges of disability inclusion in development and humanitarian response. More details


This is the cover to the report, 'Evaluation of the Strategy for Support via Swedish
Civil Society Organisations 2010-2014'.

Evaluation of the Strategy for Support via Swedish Civil Society Organisations 2010-2014

Report (2015)

This report synthesises the findings and recommendations from an evaluation of Sweden’s Civil Society Strategy 2010–2014 as implemented by Swedish civil society organisations and their national partners in three countries – Nicaragua, Pakistan and Uganda. More details


This is the cover to the report, 'Evaluation of the Strategy for Support via Swedish
Civil Society Organisations 2010-2014'.

Evaluation of the Strategy for Support via Swedish Civil Society Organisations 2010-2014: Final Country Report - Nicaragua

Report (2015)

This report shares the findings and recommendations from an evaluation of Sweden’s Civil Society Strategy 2010–2014 as implemented by Swedish civil society organisations and their national partners in Nicaragua, as one of three country studies. More details


This is the cover to the report, 'Evaluation of the Strategy for Support via Swedish
Civil Society Organisations 2010-2014'.

Evaluation of the Strategy for Support via Swedish Civil Society Organisations 2010-2014: Final Country Report - Pakistan

Report (2015)

This report shares the findings and recommendations from an evaluation of Sweden’s Civil Society Strategy 2010–2014 as implemented by Swedish civil society organisations and their national partners in Pakistan, as one of three country studies. More details


This is the cover for 'Citizen-led Innovation for a New Economy'.

Citizen-led Innovation for a New Economy

This collection of eleven cases from Canada and the United States gives expression to the ideal of a new economy based on fairness and environmental sustainability. Grappling with complex problems in their local communities, organized citizens are forging innovation, prying open cracks in the prevailing economic system and seizing opportunities to redirect economic life. More details


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