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Research Themes

Creative Economies and Cultural Activism

Culture, arts and creative industries are increasingly significant in social, urban and economic development globally. Policies for cultural economy may include using the arts for participation, literacy and education, for preserving traditions, memory or heritage, or for 'creative city' policies for civic development and international tourism, for festivals, celebrations and events, or new start-up businesses or hubs and incubator spaces for new start-ups. This Theme assesses the policies, practices and politics of cultural economy, as many of these policies originate in the UK or Europe.


The study of gendered social relations - how women and men are situated historically, structurally and discursively within development frameworks, institutions, policies an movements, and with what outcomes – has been a critically important intervention to the study of development. Read More


There is a direct link between poverty and health. In developing countries, there are high levels of child/maternal mortality, people are more susceptible to disease and have limited access to healthcare. Development work focuses on strengthening healthcare systems, providing access to health care and tackling diseases such as malaria and HIV/Aids; members of the GRP have been active in all these areas. Read More

Private Sector Development

Sustained economic growth – the most effective way to raise living standards – needs a vibrant private sector that can create jobs and generate tax revenue to fund vital public services. Warwick researchers are studying how market forces in developing countries impede private sector development. Their aim is to improve academic understanding and to influence policies. Read More

Rights & Social Justice

The last quarter of the 20th century saw the development of a robust international discourse around human rights, the product often of wide ranging activism by civil society organisations and campaigners. This rights discourse which puts the individual subject centre stage now informs the way in which international development is understood. Read More

Warwick scholars are also researching more widely - from the arts and development to natural resource management - to reimagine development.