International Development Research Group

  • Universitetsvej 1

    4000 Roskilde

    Denmark

Organization profile

Organisation profile

In the International Development Research group we investigate local, national and global inequalities and development challenges and successes.  Crises of finance, development and environment interact in powerful ways, and reflect major structural imbalances between finance and the real economy; between the developed countries and poor developing societies; and between human political and economic systems on the one hand and the earth’s ecosystems on the other. At the same time, growth rates and, to some extent, human development improvements in some countries in the global south indicate significant change. Our research deals with geopolitical conflict, food shortages, threats to human security and political unrest, and with innovation, improvement and new agendas set by developing nations. We study new forms of governance, rising economic powers, transnational networks, and new actors and alliances in North-South relations.  We prioritize understanding the agents and institutions that can challenge existing hegemonic orders and deep-seated inequalities of power, ethnicity, gender and class.

Within development research, conventional understandings and types of explanation are being revisited, reflecting the need for inter-disciplinary research and paradigmatic changes. In our research group we are concerned with new forms of identity politics and study discourses of culture that are mobilized at local, national, regional and global levels as alternative fields for political contestation, as ethnic or national manifestations, or as strategies in response to global insecurities.

Well-established and persistent drivers of conflict in the form of deprivation and exclusion have been compounded by novel phenomena such as networks of illicit business enterprises, transnational politicized religion and diaspora politics linked to global migration. This has created new South-South patterns of interaction within religion, media, and private enterprise with diaspora networks providing conduits and resources for transnational business and political interaction. It has also set new agendas for existing institutions such as the United Nations, NGOs, regional organizations, and transnational social movements. We are interested in the way that international development will reconfigure itself in the new era of Sustainable Development Goals.

In the group we question conventional modes of governance and response to global development challenges. We engage with the presence of 'new' actors who are critical of the management oriented, blueprint approaches of 'traditional' actors that generally fail to properly address contextuality and local variability. Future research areas will include the negotiation of politics in state and non-state institutions, innovative development initiatives and development interventions in relation to social and political fragility in contexts of both state and civil society.

We conduct research on the following themes:

· Policies and practices of international aid flows (goods and ideas, North-South aid flows, new development actors, donor-recipient country relations, global health)

· Natural resources, climate change and adapting societies (social science approaches to the environment, climate change, resilience, conservation, farming/agriculture)

· Dynamic local, national and transnational configurations of state, conflict and citizenship (North/South political contestations, governance, sovereignty, democracy, diaspora, political movements and violence)

· Processes of economic re/distribution and global flows (political economy, media, consumption, poverty, health, investments, labour, industry)

· Remapping gendered and racial identities (gender, identities, sexuality, race, women in politics)

· Impacts of migration and diasporas on the political, economic, social and cultural dynamics of both sending and receiving societies

Publication network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Research Output 1990 2019

Halal Food: A History (Oxford University Press)

Fischer, J., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Bustan.

Research output: Contribution to journalLiterature reviewResearchpeer-review

Kosher and Halal Business Compliance

Lever, J. & Fischer, J., 2019, Oxon: Routledge.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Light Manufacturing in Ethiopia: The apparel export industry

Whitfield, L. & Staritz, C., 17 Jan 2019, The Oxford Handbook of the Ethiopian Economy. Cheru, F., Cramer, C. & Oqubay, A. (eds.). Oxford University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

Projects 2002 2021

Activities 1997 2018

Syrian refugee children in the Middle East and Europe

Michelle Pace (Speaker), Somdeep Sen (Speaker), Eric Komlavi Hahonou (Speaker)
19 Apr 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationLecture and oral contribution

APAD conference 2018. International Conference on Migrations, Development and Citizenship

Michelle Pace (Speaker), Eric Komlavi Hahonou (Organizer), Nikolai Ruge (Speaker), Guenole Oudry (Speaker), Ketil Fred Hansen (Speaker), Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen (Speaker)
23 May 201825 May 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation and participation in conference

International Development Research Group (Organisational unit)

Somdeep Sen (Member)
20182020

Activity: MembershipMembership in committee, council, board

Press / Media

Somalia connection in sugar smuggling syndicate revealed

Jacob Rasmussen

01/07/2018

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Kenya efter valget: Kenyattas kontrolregime når nye alarmerende højder

Jacob Rasmussen & Marie Ladekjær Gravesen

04/05/2018

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Three bits of advice for blockchain advocates who think they understand aid

Tobias Hagmann & Adam Moe Fejerskov

07/03/2018

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Prizes

EliteForsk 2015: Modtager af EliteForsk Rejsestipendie på 250.000 kr.

Adam Moe Fejerskov (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

KRAKA prisen

Signe Arnfred (Recipient), 11 May 2012

Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions