A range of issues on governance, participation, and accountability, including: citizenship, planning, economic investment, rights, and environmental impact.

Tackling increasing resource scarcity is one of the major challenges to policy-makers in developing countries. An important aspect of resource scarcity involves public goods. Lack of public goods, like health and education, can significantly reduce the welfare of individuals and households and often this affects the poorest the most. In India, these issues are amplified by the existence of a long-standing social structure based around caste and religion.

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Focusing on the ‘food crisis’ since 2007, this research examines right-to-food movements and riots over food prices in Bangladesh, India, Kenya and Mozambique and addresses the question, How can governments be made more accountable for ensuring access to food?
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While Government and NGOs in Bangladesh have undertaken many interventions designed to help households escape poverty, little is known about their long-term impact. Using a new longitudinal data set spanning 12 years and more than 1800 households, this project will investigate the long-term impact of three anti-poverty interventions—microfinance, agricultural technology, and educational transfers—on several measures of well-being and compare their cost-effectiveness.
Feria Fluvial, Valdivia. Chile.
The project aims to explore how the buying choices of the individual and the state can be used as a lever for development, understood as people’s freedom to live the life they have reason to value - individually and collectively.

Capabilities, collective action and people's sense of choice: Towards sustainable e-procurement in Chile and Brazil

 

This conference paper reflected on the findings of the two reports on sustainable public procurement produced by the project for Chile and for Brazil. Further, it considered how e-procurement systems might support such sustainable public procurement. It was presented at the bi-annual International Geographical Congress, the second-largest international Geography conference. The session was sponsored by the IGU Commission on the Geography of the Global Information Society.

Technologies, capabilities and collective choice: Exploring sustainable state e-procurement in Brazil and Chile

 

This paper summarised and analysed research findings from focus group discussions which asked Chilean and Brazilian citizens' about their views on sustainable public procurement. It also considers how e-procurement systems such as Chilecompra (Chile) and Comprasnet (Brazil) could be used to coordinate sustainable public procurement. The paper was jointly authored and presented by the PI at the largest and most prestigious Geography conference, the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers.

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