The Centre for the Study of Global Development (CSGD) creates a unified space for multi and interdisciplinary research within the Faculty of Wellbeing Education and Language Studies.
The Centre was formally launched at a special online event in March 2022 at which the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ms Amina J. Mohammed sent this special message of endorsement:
The core objective of research from the Centre is to advance aspects of the sustainable development goals within and across all countries that relate to poverty, health, wellbeing, education, decent jobs, and employment, while also critiquing globalised development agendas and exploring and showcasing localised conceptualisations of and approaches to development. The Centre believes that it is important to tackle challenges of development through an interdisciplinary lens, and that by working across disciplines a better understanding of development problems can lead to sustainable solutions. To achieve this goal, the Centre works with scholars from different social science and geographic backgrounds to research problems of development to achieve progress for poor and marginalised groups in society.
The Centre is committed to conceptualising and carrying out research that is aligned with the wider Open University values of inclusivity, innovation and responsiveness.