SOAS University of London

Centre for Development Policy and Research

CDPR Ongoing Research

Alternative Macroeconomic Policies for Europe

In collaboration with the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS, Brussels) and the Economic Council of the Labour Movement (ECLM, Copenhagen), CDPR have set up a research project with the aim of assessing the impact of progressive macroeconomic policies in Europe. With the use of macro-models, the project will compare and contrast the current ‘austerity’ policies with progressive alternative scenarios where job creation and fiscal expansion are at the core.

The project uses two macroeconomic models:

For more information about this project, please consult the FEPS website.

FESSUD: Financialisation, Economy, Society & Sustainable development (2011-2016)

Together with researchers in the Economics department at SOAS, CDPR was successful in securing over €900,000 of funding for research into the relationship between finance and society. The project is coordinated by the University of Leeds and is lead by Prof. Malcolm Sawyer. Funding comes from the European Commission and runs for five years, 2011-2016. For more information, please consult the FESSUD page.

Labour Conditions and the Working Poor in China and India (2009-2014)

CDPR assisted researchers in the Development Studies department in obtaining £362,778 of funding from the ESRC and DFID for research investigating labour conditions in China and India. Dr Jens Lerche and researchers in the Development Studies Department have joined forces with partners in Hong Kong and Delhi for this research project. They are examining labour conditions within the garment and construction sectors of China and India, which are the core sectors for the working poor outside agriculture. Running for two years and four months, the project will investigate how the working poor in these sectors fared during the global recession.

Social Protection Index (2012-2014) Asian Development Bank

CDPR is continuing to assist ADB in its compilation of a Social Protection Index and an associated multi-country, synthesis report which draws on findings from country case studies in the region.