Current Projects Involving SDRI Research Fellows
SDRI Research Fellows are working with a range of funders and partner organisations in research projects that cross regional and disciplinary boundaries. The common themes that unite our research projects are rigorous social science standards and a commitment to policy-relevant research that makes a difference for the lives and well-being of poor people in developing countries. Here are some of the current projects involving SDRI Research Fellows.
Theological resources, ethnic boundaries, and civil society: A case study of Charismatic Churches in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The principal aim of this project, led by Graham Brown, is to investigate the ways in which religion broadly conceived of - including religious institutions, religious experiences, and networks - can contribute towards civil society engagement or exclusion in multiethnic societies through a case study of Charismatic and Pentecostal churches in the Malaysian city of Kuala Lumpur. Combining novel qualitative methods with a quantitative survey and in-depth interviews, the research will examine on both individual and institutional levels how experiences of Pentecostalism inform and influence notions of ‘good citizenship’ in a multiethnic and multireligious society and how this impacts upon attitudes towards and interactions with individuals of other ethnic and religious backgrounds.
The research is supported by a $98,000 grant from the Templeton Foundation and the University of Southern California Center for Religion and Civic Culture. As the project progresses, quantitative and qualitative datasets will be made available via the SDRI website
In 2007 SDRI coodinator Peter Davis led a team of researchers from DATA in conducting 293 life history interviews in eight districts of Bangladesh. The households selected were a subsample of a CPRC-IFPRI-DATA longitudinal study of poverty dynamics in rural Bangladesh which covered a total of over 2000 households from 14 districts and has been running since 1994. With assistance from Louisa Frears, Peter is preparing (rewriting, anonymising and redrawing diagrams for publication) a set of life histories so that they can be used by other researchers.
The SDRI Pragmatism Papers is a collaborative venture into the philosophical foundations of development research, led by SDRI research fellows Peter Davis and Graham Brown. The rise in popularity of mixed-methods research in development studies provides an opportunity for theorists and researchers to rethink the methodological assumptions which undergird their research. In this project, we draw from the Pragmatic tradition in philosophy to critically discuss development research methodology. On this page, we are posting a series of 'think piece' papers for discussion.
Chronic Poverty in Bangladesh
This project builds on Peter Davis' previous work with the CPRC and IFPRI. It is investigating a number of cross-cutting issues arising from this research, including: vulnerability and social protection, graduation from poverty, the importance of assets, inter-generational transfers, and social exclusion and adverse incorporation.
What Development Interventions Work? The Long-Term Impact and Cost-Effectiveness of Anti-Poverty Interventions in Bangladesh
This research project is using a new longitudinal data set spanning 12 years and more than 1800 households to investigate the long-term impact of three anti-poverty interventions—microfinance, agricultural technology, and educational transfers—on several measures of well-being and compare their cost-effectiveness.
Trade and Horizontal Inequalities
This research project is researching the impact of trade and trade policies on ethnic inequalities in developing countries through a combination of case studies and econometric analysis.
Discourses of Affirmative Action: A Comparative Study of India and Malaysia
This research project is investigating the ways in which affirmative action policies for socio-economically disadvantaged groups are justified and legitimised in developing countries. The project aims to understand the ways in which the political construction of policy norms can have concrete impacts upon their long-term viability in the political arena.
UNDP Human Development Training Course
Completed Projects Involving SDRI Research Fellows
Chronic Poverty and the Impact of Long-term Anti-Poverty Interventions in Rural Bangladesh
Understanding Chronic Poverty
Gender and Collective Action in Bangladesh
Background Paper for World Bank Bangladesh Poverty Assessment
Human Rights and the PRSPs Process: The Conflict-Inequality Nexus
Peace and Development Analysis in Indonesia
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