Novel Perceptions on Development Studies: International Review and Consultations Toward a Renewed Vision

  • Joost Mönks
  • Gilles Carbonnier
  • Aude Mellet
  • Leo de Haan
Part of the EADI Global Development Series book series (EADI)


Starting from the first EADI Vision Paper on Development Studies (2005), the chapter presents the outcome of a multi-site consultation process on the evolution of the field of Development Studies. Based on an analysis of publications, impact factors and perceptions from involved scholars, the authors advance an updated Vision that takes into account how the field is viewed and takes shape not only in the West, but also in China and South Africa. While some of the basic tenets of Development Studies seem to hold firm, major shifts in global development and academic landscapes may give rise to important reconfigurations. On the one hand, the field of Development Studies is vibrant and growing. On the other, its expanding scope may end up challenging its very identity.



The authors thank all those involved in the consultations and review processes that led to this paper. We wish to thank in particular the EADI directors and executive committee members as well as Dennis Rodgers, Andy Sumner, Wang Xinsong, Jacques Forster, Hans Opschoor, Michel Carton, Christophe Gironde and Lee Mizell for their valuable inputs and remarks on earlier drafts. We are also grateful to Waiyee Leong for her helpful research assistance at an early stage of the project.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joost Mönks
    • 1
  • Gilles Carbonnier
    • 1
  • Aude Mellet
    • 1
  • Leo de Haan
    • 2
  1. 1.Graduate Institute of International and Development StudiesGenevaSwitzerland
  2. 2.Visiting ProfessorBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingChina

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