Essex Workshop on Development

Linking development research and practice

Join us at our interdisciplinary Essex Workshop on Development (EWOD). Every month, faculty and PhD students across all our departments are joined by external practitioners to discuss current research on development from both an academic and a policy perspective.

Our workshops are open to everyone.

EWOD aims


  • Give scholars the opportunity to present their work and receive constructive feedback from an interdisciplinary audience.
  • Generate and strengthen interdepartmental ties.
  • Generate and strengthen necessary working links with the development practitioner community.
  • Create awareness of common research themes and impact opportunities that may lead to joint, interdisciplinary research projects in the future.


Upcoming workshops

The humanitarian/development nexus in the context of mass and protracted displacement

With 68.5m people displaced according to UNHCR’s statistics for 2017, 22.4 across an international border, there are attempts to operationalise international co-operation in the shape of burden and responsibility sharing in situations of large scale movements or protracted displacement through the drafting of the Global Compact on Refugees, due to be endorsed by the UN General Assembly in September 2018.

  • Speaker: Professor Geoff Gilbert (University of Essex)
  • Date: Wednesday 31 October 2018
  • Time: 2pm - 3pm
  • Room:  NTC.3.06

Feedback will be provided by:

  • Renee Reichl Luthra, Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology and Director for the Centre for Migration Studies, University of Essex

Women legislators and economic performance

There has been a phenomenal global increase in the proportion of women in politics in the last twenty years. There is evidence that raising the share of women politicians has substantive impacts on the composition of government spending, but scarcely any evidence of how it influences economic performance.

  • Speaker: Professor Sonia Bhalotra (University of Essex)
  • Date: Tuesday 20 March 2019 
  • Time: 11am
  • Room:  5S.3.8

Feedback will be provided by:

  • Dr Martin Steinwand (Department of Government, University of Essex)
  • Dr. Magdalena Randall-Schab (Westminster Foundation for Democracy)

Past workshops

Exploring informal economy business models in sub-Saharan Africa.

Professor Diane Holt (University of Essex)

Feedback was provided by:

  • Professor Suma Athreye (Essex Business School, University of Essex)
  • Christopher Suckling (Senior Analyst, IHS Markit)

Do exogenous shocks derail ex-combatant reintegration?

Professor Ismene Gizelis (University of Essex)

Feedback was provided by:

  • Larissa Fast (Humanitarian Policy Group, Overseas Development Institute)
  • Judith Bueno de Mesquita (Human Rights Centre, University of Essex)

The interplay between NGO accountability and ‘development’: The implications of means-ends decoupling

Professor Teerooven Soobaroyen (University of Essex)

Feedback was provided by:

  • Megan Renoir (Senior Research Officer, Facilitating Financial Sustainability, Peace Direct)
  • Professor Ismene Gizelis (Department of Government, University of Essex)

Developing Countries, Public Goods Provision, and Global Climate Cooperation - When Weak States Tilt the Outcomes at the UNFCCC

Dr Federica Genovese (University of Essex)

Feedback was provided by:

  • Dr Alina Averchenkova (Co-Head Climate Policy, Grantham Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics)
  • Dr Karen Hulme (Professor in the School of Law and Director for Centre for Environment and Society, University of Essex)

Accountability for Public Health through the Universal Periodic Review of the UN’s Human Rights Council

Judith Bueno de Mesquita (University of Essex)

Feedback was provided by:

  • Dr Gina Yanitell Reinhardt (Department of Government, University of Essex)
  • Marianne Lilliebjerg (Deputy Director, Amnesty International)

Presenting your work

Does your research focus on issues of development? Do you need feedback on your research project from both the academic and policy side?

All faculty members and PhD students at Essex can present their work at EWOD, as long as it focuses on issues of development, and they're willing to share a working manuscript with the EWOD group in advance of the workshop.

If you'd like to present, email us with the title and abstract of your topic. We'll be in touch to discuss the next steps.

Get in touch
Dr Florian Kern
Dr Thoko Kaime