Institute for Global Sustainable Development
We aim to transform our communities, our world and ourselves, with research that tackles global development challenges. We work with partners across the globe seeking global justice and sustainability.
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Latest blog posts
How WhatsApp can help you assess the impact your projects
Date: 17 May 2023
Author: Emma Heywood
In fragile contexts, gathering audience feedback is a challenge. WhatsApp can be an inclusive solution to get in touch with hard-to-reach communities, reflects Emma Heywood, researcher at the University of Sheffield.
Read more on Emma's blog (previously published by Deutsche Welle Akademie)
Image of women's radio listening group in Niger (Source: Emma Heywood)
Writing Colonising Disability
Date: 5 May 2023
Author: Esme Cleall
Colonising Disability (published by Cambridge University Press in 2022) is my attempt to understand how disability was understood in the nineteenth-century British Empire. When I started doing the research that fed into the book, around about ten years ago I had just started as a lecturer in the History of the British empire at the University of Sheffield. Academically speaking, I wanted to build on my doctoral research on nineteenth-century missionary attitudes to gender and race which had been recently published as Missionary Discourses of Difference.
“Make it Grow” Leverages Smartphone Video-Making to Support Community Food Start-ups
Date: 27 April 2023
Author: Pamela Richardson & Alexandra Plummer
Make it Grow is an initiative affiliated to the Institute for Sustainable Food and the Institute for Global Sustainable Development at the University of Sheffield. Led by Dr Pamela Richardson, Make it Grow supports community groups and NGOs to build capacity and create participatory video proposals, in order to attract funding and small grants for sustainable food initiatives. The success of the pilot program in Zimbabwe has spurred us to continue to advocate for community video proposals and to scale out the approach. We have been busy spreading the word about Make it Grow through in-person and online events and have some exciting future plans in the pipeline.
Better hybrid workshops: As if people, not screens, mattered: Participatory experiences in Jordan
Date: 28 February 2023
Author: Dorothea Kleine
Most of us have now been to a “hybrid” event. Coming out of (this phase of) the pandemic, hybrid events are popular, as they seem to combine the benefits of online (geographically remote participants can join with ease) with the benefits of in-person (a fuller relational, unmediated, spontaneous experience, with a greater affective dimension) workshops.
Date: 5 July 2022
Author: Brittany Bunce
Index-based agricultural insurance (IBAI) is one of many financial derivatives that are being promoted with the intention of mitigating smallholder vulnerability in the context of climate change, market uncertainty and the rollback of state support to agricultural producers.
Date: 24 June 2022
Author: Emmanuel Sulle
Because the “blue economy” and “green economy” concepts are gaining momentum in Tanzania’s sustainable development plans, citizens need to understand what these terms mean.
Date: 27 May 2022
Author: Amrita Sen
Biodiversity and its conservation have been at the centre-stage of environmental social science scholarship, with a wide range of recent works looking even deeper and exploring into newer conceptual engagements on conservation policies.
Date: 21 April 2022
Author: CwC team
An open-access paper summarising key findings on livelihoods, vulnerability and coping with Covid-19 in rural Mozambique from the 'Livelihood impacts of coping with Coronavirus in rural Africa’ (CwC) research project has just been published in World Development.
Read more: English version / Portuguese version