David Hudson

David Hudson

David Hudson is the Professorial Research Fellow in Politics and Development at the University of Birmingham (UK) and the Deputy Director of the Developmental Leadership Program (DLP). He has written widely on the politics of development, in particular on the role of coalitions, leadership and power in reform processes and how development actors can think and work politically; the drivers of global migration, finance and trade and how these processes shape national development; and how people in rich countries engage with global development issues, as part of the Gates Foundation’s Aid Attitudes Tracker. He is also actively involved with practitioners and policymakers, providing evaluations, design and policy advice, consultancy and training with donors and NGOs.   His main research interests lie in the political economy of development: public engagement with global poverty, the international political economy of development finance, and the politics of development. 
David has published in a range of journals, including the Journal of International Development, Political Studies, Contemporary Politics, and The International Journal of Development Education and Global Learning. He has also given evidence to the UK Parliament's International Development Committee.


Political analysis as the practical art of the possible

24th July 2014

Bringing politics back into PEA - a new paper with Adrian Leftwich

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The politics of redistribution: we need you

16th October 2014

Share your thoughts on episodes of redistribution that have helped redress inequality, and help us shape new research into the politics behind them. 

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Inequality – the politics behind the policies

11th February 2015

On the eve of the 2015 DLP Conference, Deputy Director David Hudson kicks off discussion on the conference theme - the politics of inequality.

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More room for politics in the inequality debate?

24th June 2015

Inequality, a hot topic since Pikettymania, and the theme of the DLP conference earlier this year, has resurfaced with a vengeance.

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What are governance advisers missing with 'Political Economy Analysis'?

8th October 2015

DLP's contribution to a new-style field guide for development practitioners. Guest post in FP2P

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Politics, risk and development: three takeaways

19th February 2016

Reflections from last week's Australasian Aid Conference and DLP’s 2016 Annual Conference, both hosted at Australian universities. 

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Positive deviance and Myanmar's telecoms revolution

3rd February 2016

A DLP research project looks at the politics of economic reform through the lens of Myanmar's remarkable transformation of its telecoms sector.

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Thinking about women and girls makes development work better for everyone

7th March 2017

A look at what happens when gender analysis is placed more squarely at the heart of governance work. (Guest post in The Conversation)

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Where does political will come from?

2nd March 2018

Guest post for From Poverty to Power introducing DLP's 10-year synthesis report

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How can a gendered understanding of power and politics make development work more effective?

13th February 2018

Guest post for From Poverty to Power on the launch of the 'Gender and Politics in Practice' findings

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