Prof David Hulme

Professor of Development Studies

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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).


Current Positions

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

Previous Roles

  • 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), 

Visiting Appointments

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)

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • ESRC/DFID Poverty Alleviation Research Grants Committee - Vice-chair (September 2013)
  • Academy of Social Sciences - Academician (appointed March 2013)

  • International Social Science Council (ISSC) - Member of the Scientific Committee of the Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP) (appointed February 2013)

  • Oxford International Development Department, University of Oxford - Member of the Academic Advisory Board (2012-2015)

  • Fellow of the Human Development and Capabilities Association - Elected to a five year fellowship in April 2010. 

  • Development Studies Association of the UK and Ireland - Member (1985-present), elected member of Council (1987-1992 and 2001-2004) and Annual Conference Convenor (1987 and 2001)

  • Economic and Social Committee on Research (ESCOR), Department for International Development - Statutory appointment by the Secretary of State for International Development to ESCOR (1997-2001) the committee that allocated DFID research grants to the social sciences

  • Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex (2006-2009) - Member of Advisory Council to id21 (the organisation responsible for the dissemination of UK research on International Development in the UK, Europe and globally)

  • Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University, the Netherlands - Member of Academic Advisory Council (2004-2008)

  • Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford - Member of the Advisory Council (2002-2007)

  • Citizenship and Participation Research Centre, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex - Member of the Centre Advisory and Review Group (2001-2005)



Further information

Recent Funding

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.

External positions

President, Development Studies Association


Education / academic qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Land Settlement Schemes and Rural Development in Papua New Guinea , James Cook University of North Queensland (1980 - 1984)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Economic Geography, University of Cambridge (1971 - 1974)

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