International Development Studies is an exploration of what it is to ‘do’ development studies as a distinct discipline. It introduces and addresses the fundamental questions that everyone engaged with development - whether student, researcher or practitioner - must ask:
What is ‘development’ and why do we wish to study it?; How do the many theoretical, methodological, and epistemological approaches relate to research and practical studies in development?; How are development research and practice linked?
Intended Audience: Accessibly written, with extensive use of case study material, this book is an essential primer for students of development studies who require a concise, penetrating overview of its foundations. It is also core reading for students and practitioners concerned with the design of studies in the course of policy analysis, sector reviews, or project formulation, management, and evaluation.
- Chapter 1: What is ‘Development’?
- Chapter 2: What is the Purpose of Development Studies?
- Chapter 3: What can we ‘Know’ in Development Studies?
- Chapter 4: What is the ‘Big Picture’ in Development Studies?
- Chapter 5: What is ‘Rigour’ in Development Studies?
- Chapter 6: How are Research and Practice Linked in Development Studies?
- Chapter 7: What is the Future for Development Studies?