DEV - Making a difference
DEV is committed to research that makes a genuine contribution to resolving major global challenges such as poverty reduction and environmental sustainability. This is not just about conducting surveys, publishing academic papers and writing books (although we do a lot of that too).
DEV researchers work very closely with a large number of organisations involved in international development, including:
- All the main UN agencies (such as the World Bank and World Health Organisation)
- All the main bilateral aid agencies (such as the Department for International Development)
- Government agencies in low and middle income countries
- International charities and NGOs (such as Oxfam and Christian Aid)
- Local NGOs and charities in low to middle income countries
All DEV research makes a contribution to resolving "real world" development challenges, in one way or another. Below are just a handful of case studies which illustrate how our research makes a direct impact:
This research addresses the many obstacles to water conflict resolution and water resources management in the West Bank and Gaza. Scarcity of water and water quality issues have primarily political roots stemming from the Israeli occupation, and are compounded by over-population due to influxes from refugees in 1948 and 1967. Environmental justice issues abound in the form of climate vulnerability, and proximity of communities to wastewater lagoons, and these issues are inextricably linked with social justice issues related to the broader political conflict. A negotiated end of the conflict and equitable access to water resources is the goal.
The Social Sciences faculty at UEA has developed an Impact Enhancement Strategy aimed at supporting research activity across Schools, toward stimulating greater impact and making a practical difference beyond academia.
Please click here for more information about the Faculty Impact Strategy