Researching the politics of development

Who We Are

A global partnership

Led from The Global Development Institute at the University of Manchester, ESID has been a pioneering global partnership. We set out to strengthen the links between Northern and Southern research institutions, making sure that our work was informed by the best in-country knowledge and expertise, and attempting to level an international academic playing field which has so far privileged Northern authors.

Our collaborative research and institutional support has had a particular emphasis on facilitating access by senior Southern researchers to Northern peer-reviewed journals and publishers, and stimulating the fieldwork and writing capacity of promising young researchers. The ultimate goal was for Southern partners to develop independent capacity for the analysis of their countries’ most pressing development challenges.

Our research has covered 26 countries and we have 7 global research partners:

Our  multinational research network also included many valued research associates and reputed institutions from across the world: University of DhakaJawaharlal Nehru UniversityIndian Statistical Institute (Delhi)Institute of Rural Management (Ahmedabad)National Institute of Urban Affairs (India)Cambodia Development Research Institute (CDRI)University of SheffieldUniversity of SussexUniversity of BirminghamSchool of Oriental and African StudiesThe Open UniversityInstitut Barcelona d’Estudis InternacionalsErasmus University – The HagueCentre for Policy Dialogue; University of ZambiaCentre for Basic Research; Economic and Policy Research CentreMakerere University (Uganda)Johns Hopkins UniversityClark University; and International Development Research Centre – Ottawa.