Prof David Hulme

Professor of Development Studies

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Research interests

  • Political economy analysis (PEA)
  • Rural development policy and planning
  • Poverty reduction strategies
  • Finance for the poor
  • Sociology of development
  • Role of community organisations and NGOs
  • Evaluation of technical assistance
  • Environmental management; public sector reform

Country Experience:

Bangladesh, Belize, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe.

Other research

Editorships of journals

  • 2006 to date: Canadian Journal of Development Studies (Editorial Board)
  • 2003 to date: Oxford Development Studies (Editorial Board)
  • 2003 to 2008: Public Administration and Development (Editorial Board)
  • 1997 to date: Public Management Journal (Editor for Developing Countries)
  • 1994 to 1998: Journal of International Development (Joint Managing Editor)
  • 1987 to 1994: Manchester Papers on Development (Book Review Editor)

Guest editorships of refereed journals

  • Special Issue: Histories of Microfinance, Journal of Business History (with T Arun), 2012
  • Special Issue: Health, Health-care, Well-being and Poverty, Journal of Development Studies (with D Lawson), 2012
  • Special Issue: Understanding Poverty and Well-Being: Bridging the Disciplines, Journal of Development Studies, 42(7) (with J Toye), 2006
  • Special Issue: Chronic Poverty and Social Protection, European Journal of Development Research, 17(1) (with A Barrientos), 2005
  • Special Issue: Chronic Poverty and Development Policy, World Development, 31(3) (with A Shepherd), 2003
  • Special Issue: Different Poverties, Different Policies, Journal of International Development 14(5) (with B Cooke), 2002


  • 2017-2021 RCUK – Global Challenges Research Fund - (£8 million): CEO and PI for the Future Dams Research Consortium examining the design and assessment of mega-water system interventions (led by GDI, MACE at Manchester and IIED)
  • 2017-2020 DFID Research Programme Consortium – Phase 2 (£3.0 million): CEO of Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre Phase 2, ESID (proposal with S Hickey and K Sen)
  • 2016 Rockefeller Foundation (US$30,000): Grant to mount the ESID Phase 1 Synthesis Workshop at the Rockefeller Bellagio Centre with 23 participants from 10 countries (with S Nasneen)
  • 2014-2017 - NERC Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation 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).
  • 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).
  • 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.

Strategic activities:

  • 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 Rory and Elizabeth Brooks Foundation and Director of the 'Global Poverty Reduction' programme.
  • 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.



Research and projects