Development and Change

Leading international multidisciplinary journal in the field of development studies and social change

One of the leading international journals in the field of development studies and social change, Development and Change now appears six times a year, including the Development and Change Forum issue.

Truly interdisciplinary in character, it includes contributions from all the social sciences and all intellectual persuasions concerned with development.

With its history of publishing unconventional and challenging articles, the journal covers a broad range of topics in a mix of regular and special theme issues.

Development and Change is devoted to the critical analysis and discussion of the complete spectrum of development issues.

  • Now in its fourth decade of publication, and appearing six times a year, Development and Change is one of the leading international journals in the field of development studies and social change.

    It is truly interdisciplinary in character, covering a broad range of topics and publishing articles from all the social sciences and all intellectual persuasions concerned with development. It is known for publishing unconventional analyses and challenging viewpoints.

    With a mix of regular and special theme issues, Development and Change is devoted to the critical analysis and discussion of the complete spectrum of development issues.

    Essential reading

    Development and Change is essential reading for anyone interested in development studies and social change. It publishes articles from a wide range of authors, both well-established specialists and young scholars, and is an important resource for:

    • social science faculties and research institutions
    • international development agencies and NGOs
    • graduate teachers and researchers
    • all those with a serious interest in the dynamics of development, from reflective activists to analytical practitioners
  • Special theme issues are collections of papers on a particular theme. They are often longer than regular issues, which gives the scope for a broader and deeper focus on the topic. Special issues are usually guest-edited.

    For information on how to make a special issue proposal, contact the Managing Editor, Friedl Marincowitz (see below for contact details).

  • The Development and Change Forum first appeared in 2005, and is now an annual event; it is published as the first issue of each year.

    Its aim is to provide a state of the art review of certain aspects of development studies, with critical and provocative articles, a debate section on a selected theme, interviews with influential individuals, and assessments of the reports of some of the major international organizations, such as the World Bank and the United Nations agencies.

Latest issue Development and Change Vol. 50, No. 2, Forum Issue

Table of contents

Tim Glawion, Lotje de Vries and Andreas MehlerHandle with Care! A Qualitative Comparison of the Fragile States Index’s Bottom Three Countries: Central African Republic, Somalia and South Sudan
Erin Lentz, Rachel Bezner Kerr, Raj Patel, Laifolo Dakishoni and Esther LupafyaThe Invisible Hand that Rocks the Cradle: On the Limits of Time Use Surveys
James GalbraithSparse, Inconsistent and Unreliable: Tax Records and the World Inequality Report 2018
Rory Horner and David HulmeFrom International to Global Development: New Geographies of 21st Century Development
Jayati GhoshA Brave New World, or the Same Old Story with New Characters?
Yusuf BanguraConvergence Is Not Equality
Andy SumnerGlobal Poverty and Inequality: Change and Continuity in Late Development
Andrew M. FischerBringing Development Back into Development Studies
Özlem OnaranEquality-led Development and the Demand- and Supply-side Effects
Aram ZiaiTowards a More Critical Theory of ‘Development’ in the 21st Century
Cecilia Alemany, Claire Slatter, Corina Rodríguez EnríquezGender Blindness and the Annulment of the Development Contract
Bram BüscherFrom ‘Global’ to ‘Revolutionary’ Development
Rory Horner and David HulmeGlobal Development, Converging Divergence and Development Studies: A Rejoinder
Kate MeagherReflections of an Engaged Economist: An Interview with Thandika Mkandawire
Andrew FischerOn the Origins and Legacies of Really Existing Capitalism: In Conversation with Kari Polanyi Levitt
Maha AbdelrahmanA Conversation with Ha-Joon Chang
Alexandra Kaasch, Paul Stubbs and Fiona WilliamsCombining Social Policy and Development Studies: The Legacy of Bob Deacon
Steven J. Klees, Nelly P. Stromquist, Joel Samoff and Salim VallyThe 2018 World Development Report on Education: A Critical Analysis


Published by Wiley-Blackwell (Oxford) on behalf of ISS, Development and Change appears six times per year, including an annual Forum edition.

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The editorial board and office are located at ISS in The Hague.