Beyond Development: Local Visions of Global Poverty

In late 2016 the Poverty Research Network was awarded an exciting grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), to establish a Research Network for International Development. Beginning on 1 November 2016, the 24-month grant has internationalised the Poverty Research Network by holding workshop events at partner institutions in Bangladesh, Brazil, Mexico, Slovenia, and Senegal. These explore how different narratives of poverty and poverty reduction have been conceptualised and articulated in specific countries, to deepen our understanding of the social and political construction of poverty. These narratives are then be disseminated back to academics, practitioners and policymakers in Britain through a concluding international conference, to be held in Glasgow in 2018.

The project ultimately aspires to increase our understanding of how local contexts shape development; strengthen the voices of developing countries in governance; and promote alternative visions of current policy as set out in the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Project Team

Project core team

  • Principal InvestigatorJulia McClure, Assistant Professor in Global History, University of Warwick
  • Co-InvestigatorAnn Stewart, Professor, School of Law, University of Warwick

Steering Committee

  • Gurminder K. Bhambra, Professor of Sociology, University of Warwick
  • Daniel Branch, Professor in African History and Head of Department, University of Warwick
  • Camillia Cowling, Assistant Professor of Latin American History, University of Warwick
  • Anne Gerritsen, Professor in History, University of Warwick
  • Shirin M. Rai, Professor of Politics & International Studies, University of Warwick
  • Giorgio Riello, Professor of Global History and Culture and Director of the Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick
  • Leon Sealey-Huggins, Senior Teaching Fellow, School for Cross-faculty Studies, University of Warwick
  • Benjamin Smith, Reader of Latin American History, University of Warwick

Regional Leads

  • Brazil: Norberto Ferreras, Professor of American History, Universidade Federal Fluminense (Rio de Janeiro)
  • South-East Europe: Julija Sardelic, Postdoctoral Resarcher, School of Law and Social Justice, University of Liverpool
  • Bangladesh: Firdous Azim, Professor of English and chair of the Department of English and Humanities, BRAC University (Dhaka)
  • West Africa, regional lead Omar Gueye, Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar, Senegal
  • Mexico: Benjamin Smith, Reader of Latin American History, University of Warwick