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Development in a Global Context

Researchers in the Program on International Development study core aspects of economic, human, and political development in a global context.

Development is a crucial and extremely broad concept. It encompasses a large variety of goals that are fundamental to human happiness and fulfillment. These goals include not just material prosperity, but also environmental quality, physical safety, cultural preservation, freedom of expression, social equality, women’s rights, and many more. The Program on International Development brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars—from economics, geography, political science, and women’s and gender studies—who study the challenges to these goals and propose ways to alleviate them. Our key focus is on human well-being in less developed countries, such as the effect of climate change on political conflict in Kenya. But we also research aspects of underdevelopment in high-income societies, such as the impact of migration policy in the US and Europe.

The Center for the Governance of Natural Resources is located in the program.

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Program Highlight

The Program on International Development features two College Professors of Distinction: Keith Maskus of CU Economics and John O’Loughlin of CU Geography. Please follow our twitter feed (@AndyBakerCU) for information about our program’s research findings and events.

Center for the Governance of Natural Resources

The Center for the Governance of Natural Resources brings together faculty and graduate students interested in collaborative studies about the social and political origins of effective governance of natural resources.