Area studies as approach
- Calhoun, Craig and Rhoten, Diana (2010) Integrating the social sciences: theoretical knowledge, methodological tools, and practical applications. In: Frodeman, Robert, Thompson Klein, Julie and Mitcham, Carl, (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Interdisciplinarity. Oxford handbooks. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 103-118. ISBN 9780199236916. Area studies are «still probably the fields of interdisciplinary social science and humanities with the strongest record of achievement»
- "The past, present and future of Area Studies": a special issue of "South East Asia Research" (27(1), 2019) on area studies. Available at: https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rsou20/27/1.
- Brill eBooks offer access to titles in the fields of Humanities, with various articles of interest in an area-studies perspective: https://brill.com/view/package/9789004270107.
- TED-Ed (TED’s youth and education initiative) lectures on the subject "Area studies": https://ed.ted.com/lessons?category=area-studies
- https://africasacountry.com/ is a blog collecting articles and other materials (politics, society, art, health, ...) about the African continent. It also has a Youtube channel (https://www.youtube.com/c/AfricaisaCountryTV/featured) containing documentaries, interviews and videos of talks
- A project by Oxford University Press, which is developing new comprehensive collections of in-depth, peer-reviewed summaries on an ever-growing range of topics. A trustworthy collection of short essays that are conceived to be read in 30 minutes:
Official reports and lectures
- The "Human Development Reports" of the United Nations Development Programme: an annual report illustrating the human development approach, focusing on the richness of human life, people, with their opportunities and choices: http://www.hdr.undp.org/en/global-reports
- The United Nations annual Wider Lecture, delivered by an eminent scholar or policy maker who has made a significant contribution in the field of development economics. The whole series is available at https://www.wider.unu.edu/about/wider-annual-lecture.
- European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes, "Development Studies, Accreditation and EADI. A Vision paper", 2005: "Development Studies is context sensitive. It examines societal change within a historical, comparative and global perspective. It aims to take into account the specificity of different societies in terms of history, ecology, culture, technology etc. and how these differences both can and often should translate into varied ‘local’ responses to regional or global processes, and varied strategies of development and methods"
- The Development Dictionary. A Guide to Knowledge as Power, edited by Wolfgang Sachs (2nd edition, London and New York: Zed Books, 2010). "A must-read invitation to experts, grassroots movements and students of development to recognize the tainted glasses they put on whenever they participate in the development discourse"
- Over 100 essays on transformative alternatives to the currently dominant processes of globalized development... and a complete introduction to the perspective of Area and Global studies for International Cooperation in a single book, “Pluriverse: A Post-Development Dictionary” (edited by Ashish Kothari, Ariel Salleh, Arturo Escobar, Federico Demaria, Alberto Acosta), which you can download for free
Websites and blogs
- Decolonialdialogue: A blog containing short articles, interviews and videos about decolonising language in development studies: https://decolonialdialogue.
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Insightshare.org: a website containing handbooks and resources on the use of participatory video and photography in development action research. https://insightshare.org/resources/
- The Developing Economics blog takes critical and pluralist approach to the field of Development Economics. It seeks to stimulate debate and reflection on economic development among academics and practitioners from all relevant fields.
- The seminar series organized by the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes, at https://www.eadi.org/
Resources for research
- Three of the most authoritative journals covering globalization, global studies and issues in international economic relationships:
- The Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE), or globalization in a mainstream perspective. Have a look at the PIIE "microsite" on globalization.
- UNCTAD's unique, non-orthodox approach to globalization: the Trade and Development Series of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.
- Authoritative analyses of issues that command global attention, and viable solutions to the world’s most urgent problems: the most important commentaries, and the ideas of the world's leading thinkers, on Project Syndicate.
- The Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) provides research and policy options to government officials, business executives and the public at large wishing to better understand international issues.
- The International Monetary Fund "Data mapper".
- The "Maddison project" on measuring economic performance for different regions, time periods and subtopics.
- The World Income Inequality Database of the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER).
Resources for research
- https://globalsocialtheory.org/ The site is organised by Gurminder K Bhambra and introduces a variety of theorists, theories and concepts on Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies from around the world
- https://www.convivialthinking.org: a research community of post- and de-colonial approaches in the context of development. For instance, for post-colonial approaches: https://www.convivialthinking.org/index.php/2020/12/10/postcolonial-stance-is-fundamental/
- https://www.how-matters.org: a blog containing short articles and interviews about Aid as an ethical practice of care and social change
- https://www.uni-kassel.de ... AKGE_Postcolonialism_Postdevelopment_EN.pdf Post-colonialism and post-development: practical perspectives for development cooperation. The editors are a group of students from various disciplines that addresses issues of global ‘development’ and international cooperation
- https://culturesofresistancefilms.com/: docu-movies to raise awareness about issues of social and economic justice, peace and human rights in the world
Resources for research
- Situating sustainability (Krieg, C.P., 2021. Situating Sustainability. Helsinki: Helsinki University Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.33134/HUP-14) addresses the need in sustainability science to recognize the deep and diverse cultural histories that define environmental politics. It brings together scholars from cultural studies, anthropology, literature, law, behavioral science, urban studies, design, and development to argue that it is no longer possible to talk about sustainability in general without thinking through the contexts of research and action.