A new handbook, The Routledge Handbook on Global Development, led by The Cairns Institute’s Dr Kearrin Sims (pictured above) is now published. The volume shows how processes and experiences of development have influenced people’s lives in both positive and negative ways, drawing attention to structural inequality and disadvantage alongside potential opportunities for positive change. It includes contributions from six JCU academics on topics ranging from social enterprise, to mass extinction, covid-19, and China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
The book offers a comprehensive analysis of the world’s most pressing global development challenges, featuring contributions from over 90 leading academics and practitioners. The multidisciplinary Handbook consists of 61 chapters, which are organised across five thematic parts exploring topics ranging from climate change to debt, decolonisation, gender inequality, indigenous rights, migration, pandemics, poverty alleviation and urbanisation. Part 1 explores key changes in global development financing, ideologies, norms and partnerships. Part 2 and 3, investigate the interrelationships between development, natural environments and inequality. Part 4 interrogates shifts in critical development challenges, whilst the book closes with part 5, looking at new thinking in development pedagogy and practice.
A paradigmatic shift
The Handbook is designed to speak to a paradigm shift from ‘international’ to ‘global’ development. Chapters explore challenges that are not only in the global South, but also in the Global North; and to challenges that transcend the ‘North-South’, ‘developed-developing’, binaries. Collectively, the handbook demonstrates that challenges are becoming increasingly complex and multi-faceted, and are to be found in the global ‘North’ as much as the global ‘South’. Not only is this shift evident in the content but also its diverse authorship, with contributors coming from across the globe. Ensuring this diverse representation in authorship was another important aim of the book. As lead editor Kearrin Sims explains, “Having a geographically dispersed team helped the inclusion of perspectives and contributions from some of the commonly less represented countries and regions”.
The motivation behind the book was to bring together cutting-edge research, learning and teaching, and practice. As Kearrin Sims explains “Most of us that work in development move across these three categories in all sorts of ways and often in ways that are quite blurred. These fluid and overlapping categories that are in constant play with one another motivated me to produce a Handbook that spoke to this interplay”.
A major key point of difference for this volume is that every chapter finishes with recommendations for learning and teaching and (in some cases) development practice.
In so doing, the Handbook will serve as a valuable learning and teaching resource for students and scholars across multiple disciplines. As co-editor Nicola Banks highlights, something they set out to do with the volume, was to help the reader understand key issues in global development but also to challenge dominant ideas, interests and narratives. “I’m proud of the fact that anyone (academic, student, practitioner, interested reader) can pick up the book, find a chapter that interest them and then receive a thought provoking, all-encompassing read that not only covers key issues in the field but also makes us think about how knowledge around the subject is constructed and perpetuated”.
The Routledge Handbook of Global Development ebook is now available, with the hardcover due February 28 2022.
A book launch for the Routledge Handbook of Global Development will be held at JCU’s The Cairns Institute at 2pm on Thursday March 3rd, 2022. All are welcome. See below.