Engaged Excellence in Development Studies

Published on 8 January 2019

An important question for schools of Development Studies (DS) is how to undertake research that is both rigorous in its own right, and relevant and useful to those whose lives and futures are potentially affected by the new evidence, insights and concepts it generates. In other words, how do we do research within DS that is engaged with society, not detached from it?

In this chapter, we articulate and explore an approach to DS which combines high quality, conceptually and empirically innovative research, with deep and extensive engagement with particular local and global actors through our practices, partners and students. We term this approach ‘engaged excellence’.

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This chapter comes from the book Building Development Studies for the New Millennium which can be purchased Palgrave McMillan.


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Oswald, K., Leach, M and Gaventa, J. (2019) 'Engaged Excellence in Development Studies' in Baud, I., Basile, E., Kontinen, T., von Itter, S. (Eds.) Building Development Studies for the New Millennium, London: Palgrave MacMillan


Katy Oswald

Research Officer

John Gaventa

Research Fellow and Director, Action for Empowerment and Accountability (A4EA) programme

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