Arun Agrawal


School of Natural Resources

and Environment

University of Michigan

Arun Agrawal, PhD, emphasizes the politics of international development, institutional change, and environmental conservation in his research and teaching. He has written critically on indigenous knowledge, community-based conservation, common property, population resources, and environmental identities. Agrawal is the coordinator for the International Forestry Resources and Institutions network and is currently carrying out research in central and east Africa as well as South Asia. Since 2013, Agrawal has served as the editor-in-chief of World Development and his recent work has appeared in Science, PNAS, Conservation Biology, Development and Change, among other journals. Preceding his work at U-M, Agrawal was educated at Duke University, the Indian Institute of Management, and Delhi University and has held teaching and research positions at Yale, Florida, McGill, Berkeley, and Harvard among other universities. 


Neil M. Coe

Professor of Economic Geography

Department of Geography

National University of Singapore

Neil M. Coe is Professor of Economic Geography at the National University of Singapore, where he also co-directs the GPN@NUS Research Centre. His research interests are in the areas of global production networks and local economic development; the geographies of local and transnational labour markets; the geographies of innovation; and institutional and network approaches to economic development. These concerns have been explored through research into computer services, temporary staffing and logistics in the UK, Europe and Asia Pacific, the film and television industry in the UK and Canada, and retailing in the UK, East Asia and Eastern Europe. He has published widely on these topics, and is a co-author of Economic Geography: A Contemporary Introduction (Wiley, 2020, third edn.), Global Production Networks: Theorizing Economic Development in an Interconnected World (OUP, 2015) and Spaces of Work: Global Capitalism and the Geographies of Labour (Sage, 2003). He is currently an editor of the Journal of Economic Geography.


Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra

Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra is a Professor of Global Strategy at Northeastern University. He is an expert on the internationalization of firms, with a special interest in emerging market multinationals; capability upgrading, particularly technological capabilities; and governance issues, focusing on corruption in international business. He was elected Fellow of the Academy of International Business and to the Executive Committee of the International Management Division of the Academy of Management. He is co-editor of Global Strategy Journal. He was awarded a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an Honorary Doctorate from Copenhagen Business School. For more information, please visit

Professor of Global Strategy 


School of Business

Northeastern University


Tobias Denskus

Tobias Denskus is Senior Lecturer at Malmö University and affiliated with the School of Arts and Communication. He has been focusing my research on peacebuilding anthropology, social media and digital governmentality. His current research focus is on digital communication topics, e.g. development blogging, the use of Twitter in international policy arenas and critical research on the ‘open data’ discourse. He is also working on research that critically examines discourses around social entrepreneurism in development, including debates on 'DIY aid', volunteering/voluntourism and the changing nature of development studies teaching. He is blogging regularly Aidnography. Pre-prints of publications as well as further information can be found on his profile. 

Senior Lecturer

School of Arts and Communication

Malmö University

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Dr. Christine Noe is Senior Researcher in the Department of Geography, University of Dar es Salaam and is the co-coordinator of the NEPSUS Project. She is a human geographer and an expert on conservation and development politics and how they influence rural livelihoods, land tenure and security dynamics in Tanzania. Her academic background and research activities point to the accumulated skills and experience in this area of expertise. Her specific research foci in recent years has been on Transfrontier Conservation Areas, livelihood changes and land-based investment in Tanzania.

Christine Noe

Senior Researcher

Department of Geography

University of Dar es Salaam

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Dinah Rajak 

Reader in Anthropology and International Development

University of Sussex

Dinah Rajak is a Reader in Anthropology and International Development at the University of Sussex.  Her research explores the role of transnational corporations in development, global capitalisms and new forms of ethical economy.  She has over 15 years of experience conducting ethnographic research on corporate social responsibility and extractive industries (energy and mining) in the UK, Sub-Saharan Africa and Norway.  Dinah’s current research focuses on entrepreneurship, youth employment, 'bottom of the pyramid' approaches to development and concepts of inclusive markets. She is the author of In Good Company. An Anatomy of Corporate Social Responsibility (Stanford University Press 2011), co-editor of The Anthropology of Corporate Social Responsibility (Berghahn 2016), and the co-founder of the Centre for New Economies of Development (


Cornelia Staritz

Cornelia Staritz is Tenure Track Professor in Development Economics at the Department of Development Studies at the University of Vienna. She is also a Senior Research Associate at the Austrian Foundation for Development Research (ÖFSE) and Research Associate at the Policy Research on International Services and Manufacturing (PRISM) at the Department of Economics at the University of Cape Town. She holds a PhD in Economics from the New School for Social Research and a Doctorate in Economics from the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Her research focuses on development economics and policy, international trade and trade policy, global production networks and value chains, and commodity-based development.

Tenure Track Professor in Development Economics

Department of Development Studies

University of Vienna


Thando Vilakazi

Senior Researcher

Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED)

University of Johannesburg

Dr. Thando Vilakazi is Executive Director of the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED) at the University of Johannesburg, specialising in academic research, teaching and advice on competition policy and industrial development. He currently also serves as a part-time member of the Competition Tribunal of South Africa.


Thando previously worked as an economist at the Competition Commission of South Africa, and has led research and provided teaching and advisory services across various economic sectors for competition authorities, regulators, government departments, international universities and NGOs, and private enterprises in South Africa and various African countries. His research interests include barriers to entry and economic participation, regional integration, competition policy and inclusive growth, and industrial development.


He holds a PhD (Economics) from the University of Johannesburg, and a Masters (Applied Economics) from the University of Cape Town. Thando has published widely, including in Development Southern Africa and Review of African Political Economy, and HSRC Press and Wits University Press book publications. He is co-editor and co-author of a forthcoming HSRC Press book titled ‘Opening the South African Economy? Barriers to Entry, Regulation and Competition’.

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