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Module Reading List

Global Development Challenges, 2021/22, Semester 2
Dr Markus Fraundorfer
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

General Reading

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If you intend to buy books, the following text books are useful throughout the Development Studies Programme:


Assadourian, E., Prugh, T., and Starke, L. (eds) (2013) State of the world 2013 : is sustainability still possible? Worldwatch Institute. [ Chapter 1 - 'Beyond Sustainababble', by Robert Engelman ]

Chambers, R., 2017. Can we know better? : Reflections for development ISBN: 9781853399459 (pbk.) : £9.95; 9781853399442 (hbk.) : £24.95. Practical Action Publishing.

Clapp, Jennifer (2012) Food, Cambridge: Polity.

Cornwall, A., Gideon, J. and Wilson, K., 2008. Reclaiming feminism: gender and neoliberalism-special issue, edited by Andrea Cornwall, Jasmine Gideon and Kalpana Wilson. IDS bulletin39(6).

Hickel, J., 2017. The divide : a brief guide to global inequality and its solutions ISBN: 9781785151125 (hardcover); 1785151126 (hardcover); 9781785151132 (trade paperback); 1785151134 (trade paperback). Random House.

Hintjens, H. and Žarkov, D., 2014. Conflict, peace, security and development : theories and methodologies ISBN: 9780415844826 (e-book). Routledge.

Leach,M. (ed) (2015) Gender equality and sustainable development ISBN: 9781138921313, Routledge

Paupp, T.E., 2014. Redefining human rights in the struggle for peace and development. Cambridge University Press.

Selwyn, B., 2014. The global development crisis. John Wiley & Sons.

Selwyn, B., 2018. The struggle for development. John Wiley & Sons. (‘Chapter 2: 2 Capitalism and Poverty’)

Shiva, V., 2016. Who really feeds the world? ISBN: 9781783608225 (pbk.) : £14.99; 9781783608256 (ePub ebook) : £14.99; 9781783608249 (PDF ebook) : £84.00; 9781783608263 (Kindle ebook) : £14.99: The failures of agribusiness and the promise of agroecology. North Atlantic Books.

Willis, K., 2011. Theories and practices of development. routledge.

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Other general readings:

Ha Joon Chang & Ilene Grabel (2004) Reclaiming Development An Alternative Economic Policy Manual, Zed Books.

Collier, P. (2007) The bottom billion : why the poorest countries are failing and what can be done about it. Oxford: OUP.

Escobar, A., (2012 ) Encountering development : the making and unmaking of the Third World, New Jersey: Princeton University Press.

Kiely, R. (1995) Sociology and development: the impasse and beyond London: UCL Press

Langeweg, F., H. Hilderink, R. Maas, (2000) ‘ Urbanisation, industrialisation and sustainable development ’, RIVM Report 402002015, GLOBO report Series No 27, National Institute of Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven. Online:

Sachs, J. (2005) The end of poverty : how we can make it happen in our lifetime ISBN: 0141018666. New York: Penguin

Sachs W (1992) The development dictionary : a guide to knowledge as power. pp.174-194 London: Zed Available as an online course reading in Minerva

Sen, A, Development as freedom, OUP, 1999

Todaro, M. (2000) Economic development in the Third World Oxford: OUP

UNDP (2005) United Nations Human Development Report 2005: Human development report 2005 : international cooperation at a crossroads ; aid, trade and security in an unequal world New York, UNDP. Available online

Bastia, T. (2013) The Migration–Development Nexus: Current Challenges and Future Research Agenda. Geography compass. ISSN: 1749-8198 7(7): 464-477

Papaioannou, and M Butcher, International Development in a Changing World Acosta, Alberto (2017) “Living Well: ideas for reinventing the future”, Third world quarterly, 38 (12), pp. 2600–2616.

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Main Journals

The following journals are relevant and are available electronically from the library. You should get into the habit of browsing these journals regularly. Journal articles provide results of the latest in research and academic thinking, and so are particularly relevant for this course:

World development ,

Development and change ,

European journal of development research ,

Latin American perspectives ,

Third world quarterly ,

The journal of development studies ,

New internationalist ,

International journal of educational development ,

Gender and development ,

New political economy ,

Review of international political economy ,

Review of African political economy ,

Antipode ,

Geoforum ISSN: 0016-7185

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Electronic Sources

The following websites provide general and specific information on development issues:

Weekly Readings:

Week 1: Introduction: What is Development?

Week 2: Poverty

(Mis)Understanding Poverty? Does aid really aid the poor?

Week 3: Gender

Why does gender matter for development?

Week 4: Conflict

  • Fetherston, A.B., 2000. Peacekeeping, conflict resolution and peacebuilding: a reconsideration of theoretical frameworks. International peacekeeping. ISSN: 1353-33127(1), pp.190-218.
  • Ramsbotham, O., Miall, H. and Woodhouse, T., 2011. Contemporary conflict resolution. Polity. (Note: read chapter 7).
  • Menkhaus, K., 2008. The rise of a mediated state in northern Kenya: the Wajir story and its implications for state-building. Afrika Focus ISSN: 0772-084X21(2), pp.23-38.
  • Boege, V., Brown, A., Clements, K. and Nolan, A., 2009. Building peace and political community in hybrid political orders. International peacekeeping. ISSN: 1353-331216(5), pp.599-615.
  • Andreas Velthuizen (2015) Listen to us—we know the solution: mapping the perspectives of African communities for innovative conflict resolution, Conflict, security and development. ISSN: 1467-8802; 1478-1174, 15:1, 75-96, DOI: 10.1080/14678802.2015.1008219 To link to this article:
  • Greer, L.L., Jehn, K.A. and Mannix, E.A., 2008. Conflict transformation: A longitudinal investigation of the relationships between different types of intragroup conflict and the moderating role of conflict resolution. Small group research. ISSN: 1046-496439(3), pp.278-302.

Week 5: No Lecture/Seminar

Week 6: Global Health:What was so exceptional about HIV?

Week 7: Climate

  • Di Muzio, Tim (2015), Carbon capitalism : energy, social reproduction and world order ISBN: 9781783480982 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9781783480975 (cloth : alk. paper); 9781783480999 (electronic), London: Rowman & Littlefield International (Chapter 5, Global Carbon Capitalism).
  • Mitchell, Timothy (2011), Carbon democracy : political power in the age of oil ISBN: 9781844677450 (hbk.) : £16.99; 1844677451 (hbk.) : £16.99, London: Verso Books (Chapter 1, Machines of Democracy)
  • Speth, James Gustave and Haas, Peter M (2006), Global environmental governance ISBN: 1597260819 (pbk. : acid-free paper); 1597260800 (acid-free paper), Washington, DC: Island Press.
  • Acosta, Alberto (2017), “Living Well: ideas for reinventing the future”, Third world quarterly. ISSN: 0143-6597, 38 (12), pp. 2600–2616.
  • Hicks, Kathryn and Fabricant, Nicole (2016), “The Bolivian Climate Justice Movement. Mobilizing Indigeneity in Climate Change Negotiations”, Latin American perspectives. ISSN: 0094-582X, 43 (4), pp. 87–104.
  • Shiva, Vandana (2004), “Earth Democracy: Creating living economies, living democracies, living cultures”, South Asian popular culture. ISSN: 1474-6689, 2 (1), pp. 5–18.

Week 8: Food Security

  • Clapp, Jennifer (2012), Food, Cambridge: Polity.
  • Fouilleux, Eve, Bricas, Nicolas and Alpha, Arlène (2017), “’Feeding 9 billion people’: global food security debates and the productionist trap”, Journal of European public policy. ISSN: 1350-1763, 24 (11), pp. 1658–1677.
  • Webb, Patrick, Singh, Sudhvir, Wijesinha-Bettoni, Ramani, Shetty, Prakash and Lartey, Anna (2018), “Hunger and Malnutrition in the 21st century”, British medical journal. ISSN: 0959-8138; 1468-5833; 0959-8146; 0959-8154; 0959-535X; 1756-1833, 361, pp. 1–5.
  • Wittman, Hannah and Blesh, Jennifer (2017), “Food Sovereignty and Fome Zero: Connecting Public Food Procurement Programmes to Sustainable Rural Development in Brazil”, Journal of agrarian change. ISSN: 1471-0358, 17 (1), pp. 81–105.

Week 9: Environmental Sustainability

Week 10: Migration

This list was last updated on 27/11/2019