David Hulme is Professor of Development Studies at the University of Manchester where he is Executive Director of the Global Development Institute and CEO of the Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre. He has worked on rural development, poverty and poverty reduction, microfinance, the role of NGOs in conflict/peace and development, environmental management, social protection and the political economy of global poverty for more than 30 years. His main focus has been on Bangladesh but he has worked extensively across South Asia, East Africa and the Pacific. His recent books include Should Rich Nations Help the Poor? (Polity, 2016), Global Poverty: Global Governance and Poor People (Routledge, 2015), Governance, Management and Development (Palgrave, 2015), and Just Give Money to the Poor (Kumarian Press, USA, 2010).
Professor of Development Studies
Executive Director, Global Development Institute (GDI)
CEO, Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre (ESID)
CEO, Brazil in Africa Research Programme
- Head of Institute of Development Policy and Management (IDPM) (2010-2013)
- Professor of Development Studies, Leverhulme Professorial Research Fellow (2006-2009),
- Associate Director Chronic Poverty Research Centre (2005-2010)
- Associate Director ESRC Global Poverty Research Group (to 2007)
- Associate Director Brooks World Poverty Institute (from 2006),
- Associate Director, Institute for Development Policy and Management (from 2009)
- Director and Founder of Chronic Poverty Research Centre (2000-2005),
- Joint Director and Co-founder for ESRC Global Poverty Research Group (from 2002),
- Director of Institute for Development Policy and Management (1992-1997),
2012 and 1996: Institute of Developing Economies Advanced Studies Tokyo
01/2006- :BRAC University, Bangladesh - Visiting Professor, BRAC Development Institute
04/2002-04/2006: Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies - Visiting Professor and Joint Director Programme for Research on Chronic Poverty in Bangladesh (PRCPB)
2014-2017 - NERC Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) Grant
Co-investigator and principal investigator mentor for the 'Institutions for Urban Poor's Access to Ecosystem Services: A Comparison of Green and Water Structures in Bangladesh and Tanzania' (with M Roy).
2013-2016 - Brooks World Poverty Institute, The University of Manchester
Member of the team that designed the proposal for the third phase of BWPI (with A Barrientos and R Wilkinson). Academic leader for negotiations with R and E Brooks Foundation and Director of the 'Global Poverty Reduction' programme.
2011-2017 - DFID Research Programme Consortium - Effective States and Just Societies’ Research Centre
CEO for an international consortium that explores the ways in which state capacity to meet citizen needs and preferences can be improved with S Hickey and K Sen (joint Research Directors).
2010-2013 - ESRC/DFID Research on International Development Grant
Principal investigator for ‘Community and institutional responses to the challenges facing poor urban people in an era of climate change in Bangladesh’ (with S Guy and M Roy).
2010-2011 - ESRC Emerging Powers Research Network
Principal investigator to establish an international research network on ‘Beyond the BRICs: Emerging Powers and Global Poverty’ (with M vom Hau and J Scott).
2009-2012 - Brooks World Poverty Institute, University of Manchester
Member of the team that designed the proposal for the second phase of BWPI. Academic leader for negotiations with the R and E Brooks Foundation and Director of the ‘Global Poverty Reduction’ and ‘BDI-BWPI Collaborative Research’ programmes.
2005-2010 - Chronic Poverty Research Centre Phase 3
Principal investigator for the grant and Associate Director of CPRC responsible for the Core Academic Research Programme.
2002-2007 - Global Poverty Research Group (ESRC)
Joint-Director (with Professor John Toye) of the Global Poverty Research Group (GPRG), an ESRC Research Group operated by the Universities of Manchester and Oxford. The key focus of the group is to explore the ways in which cross-disciplinary and multi-methodological analyses can contribute to the understanding of poverty and policies for poverty-reduction.
2002-2006 - Programme for Research on Chronic Poverty in Bangladesh (DFID, Bangladesh)
UK Director of PRCPB, a collaborative research programme operated by IDPM and the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies. PRCPB produces the Bangladesh Chronic Poverty Report and provides ‘big picture’ applied research on the country’s development prospects.