News and Views

Posted: 31st March
Dr Joanes Atela, Senior Research Fellow at the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) and a researcher in the STEPS Centre Global Consortium, considers how ESRC-DFID research can be best refocused to achieve positive and sustainable impact.
Posted: 18th March
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Rutendo Change, an Associate Consultant at Adam Smith International, writes about fostering policy influence and reforms in Zimbabwe and the changing environment of engagement, as part of the Department for International Development funded three-year programme to improve the quality of public-private dialogue in Zimbabwe.
Posted: 18th March
Professor Wendy Olsen at the University of Manchester, and Professor Dr. Anup Kumar Mishra at DAV College BHU, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India co-author this blog on their work through a multi-disciplinary team in Bangladesh and India.
Posted: 16th March
This blog from Professor Pat Pridmore at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at University College London, summarises key learnings from the study called NICK (Nutritional Improvement for children in urban Chile and Kenya) which focused on the issues of child obesity in Chile and child under nutrition in Kenya. She considers the challenges and opportunities of working in collaborative international teams.
Posted: 16th March
Professor Emma Crewe writes about some of the universal considerations around identity, capacity and ethics in research, with reference to her current work in Ethiopia and Bagladesh. Democracy requires scrutiny to improve government, to keep the powerful honest, and to encourage engagement with the public. Research is a form scrutiny.
Posted: 15th March
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Pauline Rose, Professor of International Education at Cambridge University and Director of the Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre, reflects on analysis of ‘pathways to impact’, highlights some initial insights on impact in policy and practice, and asks, do we need more capacity building in research uptake?
Posted: 14th March
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Hannah Corbett, Communications Manager at the Institute of Development Studies, introduces the conclusions found in the report - New knowledge on Children and Young people: A Synthesis of Evidence - about the issues that resonate across the research projects supported since 2005 by the ESRC-DFID Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research.
Posted: 14th March
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Andrew Long considers why the opportunity to come together in Pretoria to reflect on the ESRC/DFID partnership and lessons relating to the relationship between research policy and practice over the last 10 years is hugely exciting.
Posted: 11th March
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During the last decade, there was a particular focus of research on the economic and social impact of conflict. Professor Ana María Ibáñez, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia, considers the challenges facing conflict and development research in the next ten years.
Posted: 10th March
Standing in a different place: Reflecting on co-investigation and mixed methods research. Professor Gina Porter reflects on understanding what our work means for reality ahead of the ‘Lessons from a Decade’s Research on Poverty: Innovation, Engagement and Impact’ conference from 16-18 March in Pretoria, South Africa.