Development and sustainability

Over the last few years, we have built up significant research strength in development and sustainability, including more than 20 academic staff engaged in economic analysis of these issues in a wide range of countries.

Dedicated research centre

The growing strength in our research in this area has led to the joint establishment, with the Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics, of a dedicated research centre, the Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability (CDES). CDES aims to promote internationally-recognised research into development problems. It looks to build partnerships between research, government and development organisations with a view to translating research endeavours into practice.

Research areas and topics

Thematically, development and sustainability spans a wide range of topics, including – but not limited to:

  • Agricultural policy analysis
  • Health
  • Microfinance
  • Active labour market policies
  • Design of environmental programs
  • Migration and remittances
  • Natural resource use and management
  • Endogenous growth
  • Multidimensional poverty

Geographically, our researchers have considerable expertise in South Asia (particularly India, Bangladesh and Nepal), East Asia (especially China and Indonesia) and the Pacific (Papua New Guinea and Timor Leste).

Key researchers in the area of Development and Sustainability include:

  • Gaurav Datt
  • Edwyna Harris
  • Lata Gangadharan
  • Asad Islam
  • Sisira Jayasuriya
  • Jeff LaFrance
  • Andreas Leibbrandt
  • Anke Leroux
  • Pushkar Maitra
  • Paul Raschky
  • Ranjan Ray
  • Paulo Santos
  • Russell Smyth
  • Rebecca Valenzuela
  • Liang Choon Wang
  • Michael Ward