Skip to main content

Module Reading List

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

General Reading

Top of page

If you intend to buy books, the following textbooks 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.

Top of page

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.

Top of page

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

Top of page

Electronic Sources

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

Weekly Readings:

Week 1: Introduction: What is Development?

Week 2: Food Governance

  • Menezes, F. 2011. “Social Participation in the Zero Hunger Program: The Experience of CONSEA”, in: Graziano da Silva, José, Eduardo del Grossi, Mauro, Galvão de  França, Caio (eds), The Fome Zero (Zero Hunger) Program. The Brazilian Experience, Brasília: Ministry of Agrarian Development, pp. 249–266, available from   
  • Veiga Aranha, A. 2011. “Fome Zero: a project turned into a government strategy”. In: Graziano da Silva, José, Eduardo del Grossi, Mauro, Galvão de França, Caio (eds), The Fome Zero (Zero Hunger) Program. The Brazilian Experience, Brasília: Ministry of Agrarian Development, pp. 87–112, available from   

Week 3: Gender

Why does gender matter for development?

  • Ehrenreich, B. and A. Russell Hochschild (eds) (2003), Global woman : nannies, maids and sex workers in the new economy ISBN: 1862075883, London: Granta Books. The whole book is excellent but the introduction provides a very good overview of the intersections between gender and development in the context of globalisation.   
     OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (AJ 12/01/2022)  
  • 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).

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

  • Kabeer, N. (1994) Reversed realities : gender hierarchies in development thought ISBN: 0860915840 (pbk); 0860913848 . London: Verso. – especially the introduction.
  • Pearson, R. (2005), ‘The Rise and Rise of Gender and Development’ in Kothari, U. (ed.) A radical history of development studies : individuals, institutions and ideologies ISBN: 1842775251 (limp); 1842775243 (cased). Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva.
  • Wallace, T. and C. March (eds) (1991) Changing perceptions : writings on gender and development ISBN: 0855981377 (pbk); 0855981369, Oxford: Oxfam. This book provides a good overview of key issues with short chapters adapted from longer pieces of work. The whole book is very good but I would recommend the following:
    1. Brett, ‘Why gender is a development issue’, p. 1;   
    2. Elson, ‘Structural adjustment: its effect on women’, p. 39  
    3. Hlupekile Longwe, ‘Gender awareness: the missing element in the Third World development project’, p. 149 
    4. C.O.N. Moser, ‘Gender planning in the Third World: meeting practical and strategic gender needs’, p. 158 
    5. L.C. Mayoux, ‘The poverty of income generation: a critique of women’s handicraft schemes in India’, p. 219  
    6. Antrobus, ‘Women in Development’, p. 311    

Week 4: Poverty

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

See also:

  • Budabin and Richey (2018) ‘Advocacy Narratives and Celebrity Engagement: the Case of Ben Affleck in Congo’, Human Rights Quarterly 40 (2): 260-86
  • Richey and L.B. Christiansen (2018) ‘Afropolitanism, celebrity politics, and iconic imaginations of North–South relations’, African Affairs 117(464): 238-60

Week 5: No Lecture/Seminar

Week 6: Economic Crimes

 For the seminar:

Week 7: Environmental Security

Dyer, Hugh C. (2001) ‘Environmental Security and International Relations: The Case for Enclosure’, Review of international studies. vol 27, no 3.

Deudney, D. (1990) ‘The Case Against Linking Environmental Degradation and National Security’, Millennium. vol 19, no 3.

Homer-Dixon, T. (1991) ‘On the Threshold: Environmental Changes as Causes of Acute Conflict’ International security. vol 16, no 2, pp. 76-116.

For the seminar:

Barnett, Jon (2001) The meaning of environmental security: environmental politics and policy in the new security era (London: Zed Books) Politics Q-0.7 BAR   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Dalby, Simon (2002) ‘Security and Ecology in the Age of Globalization’ Security and ecology in the age of globalization Issue 8 (Woodrow Wilson Centre), Summer, 2002, pp. 95-108; & (Columbia International Affairs Online, 2002) EBL Politics C-6.9 DAL   Available online 

Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) (Woodrow Wilson International Center - including ECSP publications)

Lowi, Miriam R. and Brian R. Shaw (2000) Environment and security: discourses and practices (London: Macmillan) POL Q-07 LOW

Page, Edward A. and Michael Redclift, Human security and the environment: international comparisons (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Pub, 2002) Geography K-25 PAG    

Week 8: Environmental Sustainability

For the seminar:

Embedding the environment in post-2015 sustainable development goals:  

Additional reading:




Week 9: Migration

Week 10: Education

Lecture Reading:

Andreotti, V., (2006), ‘Soft versus critical global citizenship education’, Policy and Practice: A Development Education Review, pp. 40-51 Available online

Arnove, R. (2020) Imagining what education can be postCOVID19. Prospects 49: pp.43–46

Dyer C. (2016) Evolving approaches to educating children from nomadic communities. Prospects. 46(1), pp. 39-54

*Freire, P. (1970) ‘Chapter 2- The ‘banking’ concept of education as an instrument of oppression’. Pedagogy of the oppressed, Harmondsworth: Penguin Books.   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Harber, C., (2014) ‘Chapter 1-Education and Development: Introductory ideas’, Education and International Development: theory, practice and issues, Oxford: Symposium Books   OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (IK 09/02/2022) 

Hatley, J., (2019) ‘Universal values as a barrier to the effectiveness of global citizenship education: A multimodal critical discourse analysis’, The International Journal for Development Education and Global Learning 11(1), pp.87-102 Available online 

*McGowan T. and Unterhalter, E., (2021), ‘Introduction’, Education and International Development: An Introduction, London: Bloomsbury, pp 1-17   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

*The United Nations, (2020), Policy Brief: Education during COVID-19 and beyond, Published August 2020;

For the seminar:

Andreotti, V., 2006, ‘Theory without practice is idle, practice without theory is blind’: the potential contributions of post-colonial theory to development education’, The Development Education Journal 12 (3);  

Golmohamad, M., ‘Education for World Citizenship: Beyond national allegiance’, Educational Philosophy and Theory, 41(4), pp. 466-486.  

Le Bourdon, M., (2020) ‘The Role of Informal Spaces in Global Citizenship Education’, The Bloomsbury Handbook of Global Education and Learning, London, Bloomsbury, pp 402-415    

This list was last updated on 05/01/2022