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 investigates 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 contacts

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Jodie Thorpe

Research Fellow, Cluster Leader

+44 (0)1273 915732



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Jodie Thorpe

Research Fellow, Cluster Leader

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Seife Ayele

Research Fellow

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Jing Gu

Research Fellow, Centre Director

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Evert-Jan Quak

Research Officer

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Amrita Saha

Post Doctoral Researcher

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Carlos Fortin

Research Associate

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Peter O’Flynn

Research Officer

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Spencer Henson

Professorial Fellow

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Edward Jackson

Honorary Associate

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Richard Jolly

Research Associate

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Raphael Kaplinsky

Emeritus Fellow

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Philip Mader

Research Fellow

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Lizbeth Navas-Aleman

Honorary Associate

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Ana Pueyo

Research Fellow

Martin Gardner

Project Support Officer

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Giel Ton

Research Fellow

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Dirk Willenbockel

Research Fellow



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