International Development Research Group

  • Universitetsvej 1

    4000 Roskilde


Organization profile

Organisation profile

Development Studies, and the field of development, is transforming rapidly as conventional understandings of development and geographical boundaries are challenged. In the International Development Research Group (IDRG) we use an empirically based, multidisciplinary approach to grapple with these changes in order to generate new understandings and explanations and advance critical development theory. The research group is rooted in the International Development Studies Program at Roskilde University that was established in 1985. It is the oldest and one of the largest programs of its kind in Scandinavia. IDRG scholars investigate development trends, challenges and achievements in relation to local, national and global inequalities. Emphasizing fieldwork, IDRG draws upon and develops contextual analysis and grounded theorization.

IDRG scholars have expertise in anthropology, area studies, cultural studies, development economics, gender studies, geography, history, international political economy, political science and sociology. Our research currently deals with issues ranging from resource contestations, to global aid flows and neo- and postcolonialism. Much of this work, while still drawing on local and national dynamics, is also concerned with global entanglements. This includes a focus on the proliferation of new actors and technologies in development and the manner in which they impact traditional power hierarchies and reconstitute North-South relations. Further, we prioritize understanding the agents and institutions that can challenge existing hegemonic norms and orders as well as deep-seated inequalities of power, ethnicity, race, gender and class. Projects involving IDRG researchers have been funded by, among others, the Danish Council for Independent Research, Danida, Horizon 2020, the Dutch Research Council, the Carlsberg Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Our current research foci are as follows:

  • Policies and practices of international aid flows
  • Natural resources, climate change, sustainable development, resource conflicts and environmental politics
  • Poverty, economic development and industrial policy
  • Dynamic local, national and transnational configurations of state, conflict and citizenship
  • Social movements, civil society and radicalism
  • Labor markets, informal worker organizations and social protection
  • Processes of economic redistribution and global flows
  • Human security and humanitarianism
  • The complex interrelationships between local actors and global discourses
  • Health and the politics of food and nutrition
  • Remapping gendered and racial identities
  • Impacts of migration and diasporas on the political, economic, social and cultural dynamics of both sending and receiving societies
  • Policies and practices in rural and urban development, informality and illegal trade
  • South-South development and new actors in development

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

Research Output 1990 2020

Managing meat and non-meat markets in India

Fischer, J., 2020, (Accepted/In press) The Routledge Companion To Anthropology in Management. Mir, R. & Fayard, A-L. (eds.). Routledge

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

Abiy Ahmed Won the Nobel Peace Prize. Now He Needs to Earn It.

Hagmann, T. & Tronvoll, K., 17 Oct 2019, In : International New York Times.

Research output: Contribution to journalContribution to newspaper - Newspaper articleCommunication


African-owned firms and investment in learning: Local firms in the Ethiopian floriculture export sector

Melese, A. T., 15 Oct 2019, Roskilde University. 192 p.

Research output: Book/ReportPh.D. thesisResearch


Projects 2002 2021

Activities 1997 2019

American Association of Geographers

Paul Austin Stacey (Speaker)
6 Apr 2019

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

5th Nordic Conference on Development Research

Nina Torm (Speaker), Lone Riisgaard (Speaker)
27 Jun 2019

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

6th ILO Conference on Regulating for Decent Work

Nina Torm (Speaker)
8 Jul 201910 Jul 2019

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

Press / Media

Vælgermøde om bæredygtig økonomi

Thorkil Casse


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Kina går sine silkevejs-kritikere i møde

Laurids Sandager Lauridsen


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media


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