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Theorising Capabilities & Innovation

Professor Hazel Johnson

Emeritus Professor
FASS; Development Policy & Practice

7 April 2017, 12:04

Dr Sue Oreszczyn

Visiting Fellow

7 April 2017, 14:09

Professor Theo Papaioannou

Professor of Politics, Innovation & Development
FASS; Development Policy & Practice

7 April 2017, 14:14

Professor David Wield

Professor of Innovation & Development
FASS; Development Policy & Practice

10 April 2017, 15:09

Professor Smita Srinivas

TCLab, Columbia University
Visiting Professor: FASS; Economics

12 April 2017, 14:19

Fostering the development of the Burundi Research Network


Owing to the violent crisis that erupted in Burundi in 2015, academic freedom and freedom of speech have been severely repressed, and many Burundian scholars are in exile. 

The Burundi Research Network (BRN) connects Burundian and international scholars whose research is contributing to restoring dialogue and finding positive solutions to current crises and problems in the region.

27 May 2019, 14:58

Theorising Inclusive Innovation for Development


The aim of this project is to theorise a notion of justice in innovation, defending principles of equity, recognition and participation as bottom up principles generated through public action and campaigning. These principles can guide the direction of contemporary innovation systems towards equalising social relations in the production of knowledge and innovation, and meeting the basic needs of the poor, especially in developing countries.

16 October 2020, 20:24

The Capabilities Measurement Project

The project seeks to operationalise Sen's capabilities approach to welfare economics, initially by developing datasets that provide indicators of capabilities across a wide range of life domains.

15 June 2015, 13:54

Understanding Poverty and Inequality through Different Forms of Exchange

This research aims to understand how exchanges contribute to the (unequal) empowerment of people to do or be what they value.

15 June 2015, 13:56

Understanding Rural Co-operative Resilience in Malawi: A Pilot Study

The changes in the global economy and the financial crisis require new thinking about models of social and economic organisation and about how to promote resilience. What makes resilient social and economic organisation is the central aim of this pilot project, which will investigate the apparent resilience of the rural cooperative model in Uganda.

15 June 2015, 13:57

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Contact us

To find out more about our work, or to discuss a potential project, please contact:

International Development Research Office
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
The Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
United Kingdom

T: +44 (0)1908 858502