New Initiatives

One of the SIID’s strengths is that it is fast moving and agile. It responds to new issues in development affairs and new strengths that emerge in the University.

This webpage highlights some of the emerging opportunities and initiatives on which we are working.

Joint Development Alternatives/ SIID Cities Reading Group

Development Alternatives is a study group supported by the Sheffield Institute for International Development which engages with scholarship on development alternatives that emerge from distinct disciplines and draw on, both, Northern and Southern perspectives. This includes, among others, current work on alternatives to economic growth or sustainable development framed through concepts such as Buen Vivir in Latin America, degrowth in Europe and North America, Ubuntu in Southern Africa, and Swaraj in India.

The group meets on a regular basis to discuss the writings of key thinkers on development alternatives with the aim to develop a Sheffield approach in this significant emerging field of research and practice.

Do you want to find out more about the study group? Interested in getting involved?

Get in touch with Andrea Jimenez (a.jimenez@sheffield.ac.uk) and Philipp Horn(p.horn@sheffield.ac.uk)

Next reading group meeting:

When? 19 March 10am-12pm
Where? DB09 in Bartolome Hous

Topic: Arturo Escobar (2018) "Designs for the Pluriverse: Radical Interdependence, Autonomy, and the Making of Worlds"

This will be a joint activity by the Development Alternatives reading group and the SIID Cities reading group which is convened by Juan Miguel Kanai.

Readings:

Arturo Escobar (2018) "Designs for the Pluriverse: Radical Interdependence, Autonomy, and the Making of Worlds" (Duke University Press)

An introduction to 'Alternatives to Development'

This video provides an introduction to the topic of alternatives to development. It is an interview with Miriam Lang (Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar) conducted by Philipp Horn (Department of Urban Studies and Planning) and Andrea Jimenez (Information School). Miriam Lang currently coordinates the Permanent Working group on Alternatives to Development which was established by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation in 2011. Philipp Horn and Andrea Jimenez lead SIID's Development Alternatives study group. 

The group meets on a regular basis to discuss the writings of key thinkers on development alternatives with the aim to develop a Sheffield approach in this significant emerging field of research and practice. More details can be found here. The video was produced for the international workshop on 'Development Alternatives within Contested Territories in Latin America' which took place in Sheffield from 29-30 January 2020.