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Centre for Development Policy and Research

Centre for Development Policy and Research (CDPR)

The Centre for Development Policy and Research (CDPR) draws on the broad range of development expertise at the School of Oriental and African Studies to engage in innovative policy-oriented research and training on crucial development issues. Based in the Department of Development Studies, the Centre also partners extensively with specialists in the Department of Economics and other SOAS departments and actively collaborates with the London International Development Centre, a six-college consortium at the University of London geared to multi-disciplinary research.

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CDPR also collaborates with an extensive global network of researchers, based principally in developing countries, to carry out projects. While the Centre can competently cover a wide range of topics, its areas of concentration mirror the active research agendas of SOAS faculty. Thus, it can immediately mobilize expertise in the areas of globalization, international political economy, economic policy alternatives, conflict and development, food security and agrarian change, labour markets and employment, and governance and institutional change.

CDPR regularly publishes Development Viewpoints and Policy Briefs, which draw on background research by SOAS faculty members. These popular formats are designed to support critical thinking, spark discussion and debate, and highlight policy-relevant advances in research on major development issues. CDPR also seeks to direct its readership to the research output of various SOAS departments and centres and SOAS-related research networks.