30/09/2015: GTD Colloquium “Interrogating Development Theories through the ‘Rise of the South'” by Emma Mawdsley

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Date(s) - 30/09/15
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Grote Gracht 80-82, Spiegelzaal (Soiron Building) Maastricht


Interrogating Development Theories through the ‘Rise of the South’

 By Emma Mawdsley (Department of Geography, University of Cambridge)

Globalisation, Transnationalism & Development Colloquium organized in association with Maastricht Centre for Citizenship, Migration and Development (MACIMIDE)

Abstract: The last decade or so has witnessed the spectacular growth in the visibility and activities of a very wide variety of the (so-called) ‘non-traditional’ development partners in the South, Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East. The first part of this seminar will critically explore the main features of this phenomenon, with a focus on Southern development partners. The second part of the seminar will include participatory exercises that use the lens of the ‘rise of the South’ to think critically about current global development ideas, politics and power.

Emma Mawdsley is a Reader in Human Geography at the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge. She has a particular interest in South-South development cooperation, but also in how this growing phenomenon and other national and global shifts are affecting the (so-called) ‘traditional’ donors. Her recent work includes research on DFID’s growing private sector-led growth agenda, for example, and (with Supriya Roychoudhuey) on how India is (or more often, isn’t) enrolling civil society actors in its formal development partnerships. Her influential recent book, From Recipients to Donors: The Emerging Powers and the Changing Development Landscape, was published in 2012 by Zed Books.

Upcoming GTD colloquia:

  • Wednesday 21, October 2015:  Linnet Taylor (University of Amsterdam)
  • Wednesday 18,  November 2015: Ali R. Chaudhary (University of Oxford)
  • Wednesday 16, December 2015:  Heidi Østbø Haugen (University of Oslo)