Globalisation, Transnationalism and Development
Director: Prof.dr. V. Mazzucato
The Globalisation, Transnationalism and Development research programme (GTD) brings together new and existing research conducted within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences that focuses on the Global South using a transnational perspective. The Global South refers to developing countries as well as recently emerging economic powers such as Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC). While its geographic grounding is the Global South, the GTD’s research approach centres on exploring North – South and South – South linkages. Researchers use a transnational perspective to investigate such linkages, giving the GTD its distinctive profile. A commonality is that research is strongly grounded in empirical, primary data collection work using mixed methods ranging from anthropological qualitative fieldwork to sociological quantitative surveys.
Key research themes
Research in the GTD focuses on two specific areas. The first area of concentration is transnational migrant families and networks. Research projects investigate the linkages that are created between people, places, things and events in migrant sending and receiving countries. This research aims to re-frame migration research that is usually conducted within a nation-state framework and does so by focusing on the every-day lived experiences of migrants and the people they are tied to in their countries of origin as well as elsewhere, paying particular attention to transnational families and social networks. Research is based on empirical investigations and multi-sited research designs mainly focused on Africa and Europe.
A second area of focus is on Transnational knowledge exchanges for development. Projects study new actors influencing the way development is thought about and conducted. Examples include the role of civil society institutions and their use of transnational platforms to influence development outcomes locally and the role of emerging economies in setting development agendas and providing role models for policy makers and elites in the Global South.