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The shared research interests of the research group concern poverty and justice in the global South. Livelihoods has continued as a central concern, and our recent readings and discussions have reflected on the strengths and weaknesses of a livelihood approach as a framework for research and analysis.

For us, the strength of a livelihood approach is that it enables issues to be localised and understood at an individual and household scale, which we take as vital for human geographers approaching development issues. However, it is also clear that development processes cannot be analysed in isolated contexts. We study global transformation processes and how these interact with and influence what takes place within poor countries at national level, as well as in local contexts and in people's everyday lives.

While we have as a common interest these global-national-local dynamics and the way that they play out in different ways in different terrains, we also focus on different themes or sectors. Among our current research interests are; non-farm diversification and regional development; the politics of development assistance; land issues and policy; geographies of education; urban space and planning; tourism and poverty; ageing and livelihoods, and; social entrepreneurship in different geographical contexts.

The development geography group within the Unit for Human Geography has its origins in the early 1990s when the late Dr Anders Närman together with three PhD candidates started group activities on joint readings and discussing ongoing research. The three PhD candidates’ respective projects focused on development and livelihoods in Africa: Johan Dahl’s A Cry for Water in Zimbabwe, Margareta Espling’s Women’s Livelihood Strategies in Mozambique and Per Assmo’s Livelihood Strategies and Development in Tanzania.

Översvämmad gata i asiatisk by

Visiting Professor Regina Scheyvens

Regina Scheyvens is Professor of Development Studies at Massey University, where she has led this programme since 2007. She is also co-Director of the Pacific Research and Policy Centre. Regina combines a passion for teaching about international development with research on tourism, sustainability and poverty alleviation. This research is advanced by theory and discourse on sustainable livelihoods, international development and empowerment. She is currently conducting collaborative research which critically examines claims of corporate social responsibility in the tourism and resource extraction fields, based on case studies in Fiji and Papua New Guinea. This research will extend conceptualisation of the private sector's roles in community development.

Regina Scheyvens