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.  


Current Positions

Professor of Development Studies 
Executive Director, Global Development Institute (GDI)
CEO, Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre (ESID)

Previous Roles

  • Head of Institute of Development Policy and Management (IDPM) (2010-2013)
  • CEO, Brazil in Africa program (2016-2018)
  • 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

  • 2016-18 School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne: Visiting Professor, intensive postgraduate teaching, advice to doctoral students and Dean’s Lecture
  • Institute of Developing Economies Advanced Studies Tokyo, 1996 & 2012
  • BRAC University, Bangladesh - Visiting Professor, BRAC Development Institute, Jan 2006
  • Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies - Visiting Professor and Joint Director Programme for Research on  Chronic Poverty in Bangladesh, April 2002 - April 2006

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  - 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, 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)

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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