Globalisation, Transnationalism and Development

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The Globalisation, Transnationalism and Development (GTD) research programme brings together 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 China and India. While its geographic grounding is the Global South, GTD’s research approach centres on exploring North – South and South – South linkages and flows of people, goods, capital and ideas. Researchers use a transnational perspective to investigate such linkages, giving 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 GTD focuses on three areas: transnational migrant families and networks; transnational knowledge exchanges for development; state capital and global development.

FAIR data use? What does it stand for? What does it mean? And even more so; why should we bother? 

GTD researcher Imogen Liu tells us about her experience with making research FAIR.

Ph.D. researcher Imogen Liu tells us about her experience with making research FAIR


  • Maarten Vink

    Maarten Vink appointed Chair in Citizenship Studies

    Thursday, June 25, 2020
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  • Woman harvests roses at a flower farm in Ethiopia

    Well-being, Women and Work in Ethiopia

    Monday, June 22, 2020

    The UM-initiated 3WE project (‘Well-being, Women and Work in Ethiopia’) studies how employment generated by foreign direct investment (FDI) is affecting the well-being of workers, and women in particular. Especially in Africa, where FDI is becoming one of the main sources of new employment opportunities and economic growth on the continent. Principal investigator Valentina Mazzucato, Bilisuma Dito and Konjit Hailu Gudeta, explain the situation of women in Ethiopia, particularly in the light of the current pandemic.

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  • Migrants in times of corona

    Thursday, May 14, 2020

    Two members of the MACIMIDE Executive Board, Prof. Melissa Siegel and Prof. Maarten Vink, explain how the corona crisis affects migrants in the Netherlands and abroad. 

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  • Valentina Mazzucato

    Valentina Mazzucato appointed member of KHMW

    Tuesday, March 10, 2020 Read more
  • Adam Dixon

    FASoS researcher Adam Dixon new member Maastricht Young Academy

    Monday, February 10, 2020

    After an open application process, Adam Dixon was elected as the new FASoS member of the Maastricht Young Academy. 

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  • UM research quoted in US Supreme Court

    UM-research quoted in US Supreme Court

    Wednesday, January 23, 2019

    Research by Karlijn Haagsman, Valentina Mazzucato and Bilisuma Dito has been used in an important Supreme Court case in the US: President Trump vs Hawaii.

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