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Critical Concepts in Development Studies


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Low Carbon Development

Low Carbon Development

1st Edition

Frauke Urban, Johan Nordensvard
August 31, 2016

If—as many environmental experts maintain—global climate change is the greatest challenge of our times, the need for a serious, and universal, commitment to low-carbon development is more urgent than ever. Low-carbon development might be described as climate-friendly growth that enables humanity to...

Gender, Poverty, and Development

Gender, Poverty, and Development

1st Edition

Sylvia Chant, Gwendolyn Beetham
September 15, 2014

Serious research into the problematic and contested relationship between notions of gender, poverty, and development continues to blossom. Indeed, the work of scholars in this cross-disciplinary field supports numerous international journals, regional organizations, and global conferences. Moreover...

Energy, Poverty, and Development

Energy, Poverty, and Development

1st Edition

Benjamin K. Sovacool
June 27, 2014

Incredibly, close to one-quarter of humanity lives without electricity or other modern forms of energy, while as many as one-third of the world’s population relies (at least in part) on traditional biofuels, such as cow dung or firewood, at great cost to its health, security, and economic welfare....

Agricultural Development

Agricultural Development

1st Edition

Christopher B. Barrett
December 15, 2011

Virtually all national cases of rapid, widespread progress from poverty to wealth have been causally associated with the transformation of agricultural systems. From eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Europe and North America to late twentieth-century East Asia, striking increases in agricultural...

Gender and Development

Gender and Development

1st Edition

Janet Momsen
June 19, 2008

It is increasingly apparent that the growing challenges facing development scholars, policy-makers, and practitioners in the twenty-first century require a more sophisticated understanding of the importance of gender than has hitherto been the case. At a time when the forces of globalization are...

Development Economics

Development Economics

1st Edition

Christopher B. Barrett
August 23, 2007

Development economics is in many senses the most fundamental field within the discipline of economics, focused on understanding how resource allocation, human behaviour, institutional arrangements, and private and public policy jointly influence the evolution of the human condition. As the opening...

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