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Knowledges for development

Group members in this sub-theme are interested in understanding the political, cultural, institutional and post/de-colonial geographies of (international) development knowledges and practices. This research recognises the pluralising landscape of global development politics and how different knowledges - for example, lay, scientific, western, non-western - gain authority in this landscape. Main areas of research include the (re-)emergence of South-South cooperation, transition of the so-called 'traditional' donors, financialisation and private sector-led development, and the role of civil society.

Research projects

Research projects currently being undertaken on this theme include:

The difference a species makes: converting to camels in northern Kenya

The difference a species makes: converting to camels in northern Kenya

The aim of this research is to examine what happens when the pastoralists of northern Kenya replace one animal (a cow), with another, more drought resistant one (a camel). A 'shift' to camels has become increasingly common over the past ten-twenty years, and has been understood by observers as 'a means to build climate resilience'. The present research investigates the complex processes involved in the shift, and the extent to which it meets expectations of 'building climate resilience'.

Earlier projects