Faculty in the development group have historically had a focus on countries in East Africa such as Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Zambia. More recently, focus has shifted to other countries including China, Indonesia, and DR Congo. Most research employs applied microeconometrics although macro studies are also common.
Several development economists are involved in the Gothenburg Centre of Globalization and Development, GCGD.
Also, researchers in the development economics group frequently take part in for instance World Bank projects, Swedish Development Agency committees, and international research organizations and networks, for example European Development Research Network (EUDN) and African Economic Research Consortium (AERC).