1963-2018 - 55 years of Research for Social Change

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Charles Gore

Former Collaborating Researcher

Charles Gore joined UNRISD as a Visiting Fellow in October 2014. Originally trained in economic geography, he holds an undergraduate degree from Cambridge University (1971) and a doctorate from Pennsylvania State University (1978). He was a Lecturer in Development Studies at the University of Wales from 1976 to 1991, and worked in UNCTAD and the ILO in the 1990s, formulating UNCTAD's initial understanding of the role of the state in East Asian development success in 1994 and co-managing a pioneering ILO research project on social exclusion for the World Summit for Social Development in 1995 and 1996. Between 1999 and 2008, he was team leader and principal author of UNCTAD's Least Developed Countries Report and from 2008 until 2012 he was Special Coordinator for Cross-sectoral Issues in UNCTAD, directing research on Africa and on least developed countries. He is currently Honorary Professor of Economics at the University of Glasgow and in October 2014 was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK).

His current research focuses on the epistemological, ethical and policy implications of re-framing development as a global rather than national issue. Whilst at UNRISD he will be working on a manuscript on the idea of global goals, drawing in particular on the experience of the MDGs and the emerging SDGs.

Selected Books
  • 1984 Regions in Question: Space, Development Theory and Regional Policy, London, Methuen. 1984. Reprinted in 2011 in Routledge Revivals.
  • 1995 Social Exclusion: Rhetoric, Reality, Responses (co-edited with G. Rodgers and J.B. Figueiredo). International Institute for Labour Studies, Geneva.
  • 1997 Social Exclusion and Anti-Poverty Policy: A Debate (co-edited with J.B. Figueiredo), International Institute for Labour Studies, Geneva.

Selected Articles
  • 1993 “Entitlement Relations and `Unruly' Social Practices: A Comment on the Work of Amartya Sen”, Journal of Development Studies, 29 (3), pp.429-460.
  • 1996 “Methodological Nationalism and the Misunderstanding of East Asian Industrialization”, European Journal of Development Research, 8 (1), pp. 77-122.
  • 1997 “Irreducibly Social Goods and the Informational Basis of Amartya Sen’s Capability Approach”, Journal of International Development, 9, pp.232-250.
  • 2000 “The Rise and Fall of the Washington Consensus as a Paradigm for Developing Countries”, World Development, 28 (5), pp. 789-804.
  • 2004 "MDGs and PRSPs: Are Poor Countries Enmeshed in a Global-Local Double Bind?", Global Social Policy, 4 (3), pp. 277-283.
  • 2007 “Which Growth Theory is Good for the Poor?", European Journal of Development Research 19 (1), pp.30-48.
  • 2010 “The MDG Paradigm, Productive Capacities and the Future of Poverty Reduction”, IDS Bulletin, 41 (1), pp.70-79.
  • 2010 “The Global Recession of 2009 in a Long-term Development Perspective", Journal of International Development, 22 (6), pp. 714-738.
  • 2013 “Beyond the Romantic Violence of the MDGs: Development, Aid and Human Rights”, chapter in M. Langford, A. Sumner, and A. Yasmin, MDGs and Human Rights: Past, Present and Future, Cambridge University Press.
  • 2013 “The New Development Cooperation Landscape: Actors, Approaches, Architecture”, Journal of International Development, 25 (6), pp.679-786.