From International to Global Development: New Geographies of 21st Century Development

The Centre for Accountability and Global Development warmly invites you to the research centre's inaugural lecture featuring guest lecturer Professor David Hulme from the University of Manchester

  • Tue 14 May 19

    15:30 - 17:00

  • Colchester Campus


  • Event speaker

    Professor David Hulme, Professor of Development Studies, Global Development Institute, University of Manchester

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars
    CAGD Inaugural Lecture

  • Event organiser

    Essex Business School

  • Contact details

    Professor Thankon Arun

The inaugural lecture brought to you by the Essex Business School's Centre for Accountability and Global Development which will address the shifting geographies of development across economic, social and environmental dimensions and consider their implications for the 'where' of development.

Inaugural lecture abstract

A variety of recent research suggest that we are currently witnessing a profound and ongoing redrawing of the global map of development and inequality. 

Some convergence in aggregate development indicators for the global north and south during this century challenge, now more than ever, the north-south binary underlying international development.

Yet coverage claims do not adequately capture change in a world where development inequalities are profound.

Between-country inequalities remain vast, while within-country inequalities are growing in many case.

Professor Hulme argues that the term 'converging divergence'  may be a more appropriate description of what is now occurring than 'global convergence', which does not fully capture the significant inequalities, both between and within countries, which are still present

Particular attention will be given in this lecture to exploring the implications of shifting geographies, and what those mean for the spatial nomenclature and reference of global development.


This is a free event. You welcome to bring your colleagues, classmates and friends along.

Guest speaker bio

Professor David Hulme is Professor of Development Studies at the University of Manchester where he is Executive Director of the Global Development Institute, CEO of the FutureDAMS research centre and CEO of the Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre.

For the past 30 years he has worked on projects such as in the areas of;

  • rural development,
  • poverty and poverty reduction,
  • microfinance
  • role of NGOs in conflict/peace and development
  • environmental management
  • social protection
  • the political economy of global poverty

His main focus has been on Bangladesh but he has worked extensively on across South Asia, East Africa and the Pacific.

David has published extensively on

  • global poverty
  • rural development
  • microfinance
  • NGOs
  • environment management
  • social protection

His most recent books include What Works for Africa's Poorest? (Poliy Press, 2015) and Global Poverty (Routledge, 2015)

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