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Theorising Capabilities & Innovation

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

The Professional Lives and Values of Female Teachers in Rural Sub-Saharan African Schools: A Capability Perspective

This is an in-depth study of seven female teachers living and working in rural primary schools in five countries: Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and Sudan

15 June 2015, 13:59

Professor Paul Anand

Professor of Economics
FASS; Economics

15 March 2017, 11:02

Dr Alison Buckler

Research Fellow in Education and International Development
WELS; Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport

15 March 2017, 15:39

Dr Cristina Santos

Lecturer in Economics
FASS; Economics

20 March 2017, 13:31

Dr Andrea Berardi

Lecturer in Environmental Information Systems
STEM; Engineering & Innovation

20 March 2017, 13:41

Professor Hazel Johnson

Emeritus Professor
FASS; Development Policy & Practice

7 April 2017, 12:04

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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

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