This Handbook provides a comprehensive analysis of some of the world’s most pressing global development challenges – including how they may be better understood and addressed through innovative practices and approaches to learning and teaching.

Featuring 61 contributions from leading and emerging academics and practitioners, this multidisciplinary volume is organized into five thematic parts exploring: changes in global development financing, ideologies, norms and partnerships; interrelationships between development, natural environments and inequality; shifts in critical development challenges, and; new possibilities for positive change. Collectively, the handbook demonstrates that global development challenges are becoming increasingly complex and multi-faceted and are to be found in the Global ‘North’ as much as the ‘South’. It draws attention to structural inequality and disadvantage alongside possibilities for positive change.

The Handbook will serve as a valuable resource for students and scholars across multiple disciplines including Development Studies, Anthropology, Geography, Global Studies, Indigenous and Postcolonial Studies, Political Science, and Urban Studies.

The Introduction of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at https://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.

part 1|127 pages

Changing development configurations

chapter 1|5 pages


Changing development configurations

chapter 2|13 pages

Deglobalization 1

chapter 4|12 pages

Development in the Global North

chapter 5|12 pages


chapter 6|11 pages

OECD DAC development cooperation

chapter 8|13 pages

Multilateral development banks

Old and new

chapter 10|10 pages


part 2|56 pages

Sustainability and the environment

chapter 12|4 pages


Sustainability and development

chapter 13|11 pages

Planetary boundaries

chapter 16|14 pages

Gender, sexuality, and environment

chapter 17|10 pages


chapter 18|14 pages

Resource conflict

chapter 19|12 pages

The extinction crisis

chapter 22|11 pages

Sustainable food systems

chapter 25|12 pages

Sustainable development discourse

part 3|141 pages

Inequality and inequitable development

chapter 26|6 pages


Inequality and inequitable development

chapter 27|15 pages


No meeting of minds

chapter 31|10 pages

Land grabbing and exclusion

part 4|142 pages

Game changers of Global Development?

chapter 38|8 pages


Game changers of Global Development?

chapter 47|11 pages

Development and conflict

chapter 49|11 pages

Ageing and development

part 5|138 pages

Reimagining futures

chapter 50|4 pages


Reimagining futures

chapter 59|11 pages

Community economies

chapter 61|12 pages

Poetry as decolonial praxis