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Area studies as approach

  • Calhoun, Craig and Rhoten, Diana (2010) Integrating the social sciences: theoretical knowledge, methodological tools, and practical applications. In: Frodeman, RobertThompson 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:  


Area resources


Specific areas

  • is a blog collecting articles and other materials (politics, society, art, health, ...) about the African continent. It also has a Youtube channel ( 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:

Development studies

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:
  • 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


  • 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


  • The seminar series organized by the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes, at



Resources for research

Other resources




Resources for research


Other resources



Resources for research

  • Situating sustainability (Krieg, C.P., 2021. Situating Sustainability. Helsinki: Helsinki University Press. DOI: 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. 
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