What could development studies be?

Sumner, Andy and Tribe, Michael (2008) What could development studies be? Development in Practice, 18 (6). pp. 755-766. ISSN 0961-4524

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Over the past 10–15 years there has been an expansion of interest in the subject of Development Studies (DS). There are now significantly more taught courses focused on DS, and research funds are booming. However, over the same period, DS has faced sustained critiques about its essential nature. This has led us to ask: what is Development Studies? And what could or should it be?