An Inclusive Development Perspective on Development Studies in the Anthropocene

  • Joyeeta Gupta
  • Michaela Hordijk
  • Courtney Vegelin
Part of the EADI Global Development Series book series (EADI)


The chapter argues that Development Studies is being redefined in the context of the Anthropocene and the global Sustainable Development Goals in terms of inclusive development. Anthropocene scholarship requires Development Studies scholars to look at ecological issues, take a glocal approach, and go beyond North–South binaries in order to address vulnerability and inequality in a just manner. It argues that Development Studies scholarship needs to be transdisciplinary and post-normal and calls for research into social inclusiveness, ecological inclusiveness, and relational inclusiveness. It focuses on the quality of development and the need for context-specific short cuts to sustainable development. Finally, it argues that an inclusive development approach to Development Studies can use the Sustainable Development Goals platform to enhance a just interpretation and implementation of these goals.


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  • Joyeeta Gupta
    • 1
  • Michaela Hordijk
    • 1
  • Courtney Vegelin
    • 1
  1. 1.University of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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