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 on crucial development issues. The Centre partners extensively with development specialists in the Department of Development Studies and the Department of Economics and other SOAS departments.
CDPR has recently launched a new series of publications under the title of ‘Brazil in Focus’. These publications will be produced by researchers both at SOAS and in institutions across Brazil. Starting with a focus on economic policies, this effort is intended to strengthen research expertise on Brazil within SOAS and build closer cooperation with like-minded development specialists in Brazil.
‘Brazil in Focus’ Publications
Inaugural Publication, April 2015:
- Garment Sweatshop Regimes: The Informalisation of Social Responsibility over Health and Safety Provisions, Working Paper 30
- Are Ethical Initiatives Successful in the Indian Garment Industry? A Focus on Homeworkers, Development Viewpoint No. 83
- Can Conventional Macroeconomic Policies Prevent Persistent Stagnation in the European Union?, Policy Brief No. 7
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, Policy Briefs and Working Papers, 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.