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Poverty Reduction and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The world faces a double challenge: to eradicate hunger and poverty and to stabilize the global climate before it is too late. Our focus is on undertaking critical, independent and high quality interdisciplinary and policy-related research on the challenges and dilemmas posed by poverty, climate disruption and sustainable development. We aim to better understand vulnerability to poverty, hunger and famine in low and middle-income countries and potential policy solutions.

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About the group

This research group's aim is:

  • To undertake empirical studies in different countries with an emphasis on ‘the politics of everyday life’ and ‘policies in practice’
  • To study policies, programs and events that can be considered “promising” or even successful in improving the well-being of the poor and contributing to overall societal progress; 
  • To study the explicit role of institutions, politics and power in shaping and determining action by governments;
  • To critically assess what has been the impact of global ideas and values, including those emanating from the foreign aid discourse, on local policymaking in poor countries;
  • To study the impact of governance and institutional reforms and the process by which anti-poverty policy is formulated, articulated, legislated, delegated and implemented in middle-income and low-income countries;
  • To examine international development policy in the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) era. 


Academic programmes and courses

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Group leader

Dan Banik

Assistant group leader

Johanna Adolfsson