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.
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.
Research on Financialisation (The FESSUD Project)
CDPR is publishing material from the European Commission FP7 research project called FESSUD, which included 15 partner institutions and lasted from late 2011 to late 2016. The Economics Department of SOAS was an active member of this consortium and Jan Toporowski (the principal investigator) and Ben Fine provided leadership to various strands of research. Following are three SOAS short publications from this project. Additional publications can be found on the special CDPR publication page for FESSUD.
- Van Waeyenberge, E., Public-Private Partnerships for Development: An Appraisal, Research Brief #6, June 2016 (pdf; 1636kb)
- Kaltenbrunner, A. and Painceira, J. P., Financialisation of Emerging Economies: The Case of Brazil, Research Brief #1, October 2015. (pdf; 660kb)
- McKinley, T., Projecting China’s Economic and Financial Prospects, Research Brief #10, June 2016 (pdf; 1296kb)
‘Brazil in Focus’ Publications
CDPR has recently launched a new series of publications under the title of ‘Brazil in Focus’. It will concentrate initially on Economic Policies and draw on the work of researchers both at SOAS and in institutions across Brazil.
- Critically Assessing Macroeconomic Policies in Brazil from Lula da Silva to Dilma Rousseff (pdf; 137kb) Development Viewpoint no. 85
- A Critical Review of Brazil’s Recent Economic Policies (pdf; 135kb) Development Viewpoint no. 84
Labour Regimes in India and China
CDPR also continues to disseminate project papers from the ESRC-DFID Project ‘Labour Standards and the Working Poor in China and India’. See papers below. This project was led by researchers in the Department of Development Studies at SOAS. Additional publications can be found on the special page, Working Poor in India and China.
- The Triple Absence of Labour Rights: Triangular Labour Relations and Informalisation in the Construction and Garment Sectors in Delhi and Shanghai (pdf; 206kb)
- • Garment Sweatshop Regimes: The Informalisation of Social Responsibility over Health and Safety Provisions (pdf; 880kb) Working Paper no. 30
Assessing Global Economic Trends
CDPR has used the global macroeconomic model, the CAM, to produce a series of Policy Briefs analysing recent global economic trends, making medium-term projections and offering alternative policy-oriented scenarios. In this work, CDPR has collaborated extensively with the Foundation for European Progressive Studies in Brussels and contributed to the AUGUR and FESSUD FP7 research projects of the European Commission.