Business, Markets and the State

The debate on business, markets and states in development has a long history, marked by enormous controversy. Many problems of underdevelopment result from market failures, and often business has contributed to these failures, leading to a backlash against markets and against business.

More recently, there has been recognition that business and markets have a major impact on human development and the natural environment, with new market-focused solutions, initiatives and partnerships emerging. However, there are big knowledge gaps.

This IDS cluster will investigate how and under what conditions businesses and market systems enable or constrain pathways that deliver development and curb inequalities, and the role of the state in these processes, and is currently developing its programme of work through the IDS Business and Development Centre.

IDS Business and Development Centre

With a focus on priorities for research and practical action, the Business and Development Centre will generate new evidence on:

  • impacts of business and markets on development and inequality
  • most effective areas for business and markets to play a positive role
  • the role of states regulators, enablers and partners.

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Key contact

Photo of Jodie Thorpe, Globalisation research fellow

T: +44 (0)1273 915732

E: j.thorpe@ids.ac.uk

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Team Members

Photo of Ana Pueyo

T: +44 (0)1273 915681

E: a.pueyo@ids.ac.uk

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Photo of Carlos Fortin

T: +44 (0)1273 915608

E: c.fortin@ids.ac.uk

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T: +44 (0)1273 915693

E: c.huggett@ids.ac.uk

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Photo of Dirk Willenbockel

T: +44 (0)1273 915700

E: d.willenbockel@ids.ac.uk

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Honorary Associate Ted Jackson

E: t.jackson@associate.ids.ac.uk

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T: +44 (0)1273 915678

E: e.wach@ids.ac.uk

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T: +44 (0)1273 915779

E: e.wilson@ids.ac.uk

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Photo of Jing Gu

T: +44 (0)1273 915692

E: j.gu@ids.ac.uk

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Photo of Jodie Thorpe, Globalisation research fellow

T: +44 (0)1273 915732

E: j.thorpe@ids.ac.uk

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E: l.navas-aleman@associate.ids.ac.uk

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Maddalena Procopio, IDS

T: +44 (0)1273 915620

E: m.procopio@ids.ac.uk

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Photo of Mar Maestre Morales, Globalisation

T: +44 (0)1273 915724

E: m.maestremorales@ids.ac.uk

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Photo of Philip Mader, Research Fellow, Business, Markets and the State

T: +44 (0)1273 915646

E: p.mader@ids.ac.uk

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Raphie Kaplinsky Emeritus Fellow

E: r.kaplinsky@emeritus.ids.ac.uk

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T: +44 (0)1273 915880

E: r.jolly@ids.ac.uk

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IDS Research Fellow Seife Ayele

T: +44 (0)1273 915806

E: s.ayele@ids.ac.uk

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T: +44 (0)1273 915691

E: s.henson@ids.ac.uk

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E: s.griffith-jones@emeritus.ids.ac.uk

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Stephen Spratt, IDS Research Fellow

T: +44 (0)1273 915799

E: s.spratt@ids.ac.uk

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