Development and Environmental Economics

Research Lead: Prof Pritam Singh

This research cluster explores issues relating to economic development, growth and environment from both theoretical and empirical perspectives.

Researchers in this area are interested in the implications of policies and mitigating strategies in areas such as climate change and carbon emissions; agriculture, irrigation and food security; development and poverty; and international and fair trade.

The research agenda of Research Lead: Prof Pritam Singh relates to the sustainability implications of the rising economic powers of emerging economies; eco-socialist perspectives on development and growth; the political economy of federalism and human rights; mitigation, poverty reduction and human development. Dr Rozana Himazís research interests relate to the empirical investigation of issues related to intra-household resource allocation and inequalities using household surveys and child welfare, poverty, subjective wellbeing and orphanhood using longitudinal survey data. Dr Rehab Osman is working on the implementation of Social Accounting Matrices (SAM) and Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) modelling for natural resource management. Dr Sara Le Roux studies the economic development in countries in Asia and Africa and how this impacts on poverty mitigation, gender equality, education and child welfare.


  • Recent advances in the fight against global terrorism: a survey (Dr Sara Le Roux, Prof Pritam Singh and Simplice Asongu, 2015)
    This project addresses the urgent policy challenge of putting a structure on recent advances in the fight against global terrorism.
  • The role of inclusive development in fighting terrorism: global evidence (Dr Sara Le Roux, Prof. Pritam Singh and Simplice Asongu, 2015)
    This empirical paper assesses how inclusiveness indicators of income-inequality, quality of growth and inequality adjusted human development can be used to mitigate domestic, transnational, unclear and total terrorism dynamics.
  • Orphanhood in Ethiopia (Dr Rozana Himaz, 2015)
    This research on orphans is based on Young Lives data: A 15 year longitudinal survey that tracks 12000 children across Ethiopia, Vietnam, Peru and India. The work looks at the impact of parental death on child schooling, health and subjective wellbeing outcomes. This research has been published in the Journal of African Economies, Policy Briefs, the Department for International Development website and Young Lives (University of Oxford).
  • The causes and consequences of child poverty in developing countries (Dr Rozana Himaz, 2015)
    This research concerns issues surrounding child welfare, poverty and public policy to improve child outcomes. The work has been published in World Development, The Institute of Policy Studies Sri Lanka, the International Labour Organisation, Young Lives (University of Oxford) and international forums.
  • Water assessment within the SAM/CGE framework (Dr Rehab Osman, 2015)
    This research project provides quantitative assessment for a wide range of water issues; e.g. water scarcity, drought and water quality. Within this framework, several research papers have been developed. Among which is a study on irrigation efficiency under water scarcity conditions in Egypt. Another study expands the analytical capacity of SAM/CGE framework to examine qualitative indicators (e.g. water salinity and land fertility) through satellite accounts.
  • Dynamic CGE for energy policy analysis (Dr Rehab Osman, 2015)
    A recursive dynamic, energy-focused multi-country GLOBE CGE model has been developed. The model is employed to provide accurate predictions for the effects of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on Nile Basin countries. The model allows for examining potentials impacts of two new discoveries (huge aquifers and commercially viable oil) in Kenya. The latter study introduces a novel contribution by using a unique database on time allocation within a SAM/CGE framework.
  • The impact of Indo-China rivalry on Nepalís development (Prof Pritam Singh, 2015)
    The project is aimed to develop a new development paradigm (Geo-strategic development) exploring the development experiences and potentialities of small economies surrounded by large economic powers.
  • Spatial shift in global capitalism (Prof Pritam Singh, 2015)
    The rising importance of BRICS and other emerging economies is examined with special emphasis on the global environmental implications of this shift.
  • Political economy of federalism, development and human rights (Prof Pritam Singh, 2015)
    The dialectical relationship between federalism and development is explored globally with special emphasis on South Asia. The implications of this relationship are interrogated for the durability or fragility of human rights.
  • Finance, fuel and food in the global economic crisis (Prof Pritam Singh, 2015)
    The ongoing global economic crisis is interrogated by looking at the interlinkages between three dimensions-finance, fuel and food- of the crisis.

Associated Staff

PhD Students

Applications for PhD supervision are welcomed in: development and ecology especially in relation to BRICS economies and political economy of federalism and human rights.

  • Kiran Karrouchi
    Topic: Reciprocal Effects of Climate Change and Poverty in the Development Process- A Case Study of Pakistan.
    Supervisor: Prof Pritam Singh
  • Shirley Velasquez
    Topic: Impact of International Remittances on Poverty Reduction in Ecuador.
    Supervisor: Prof Pritam Singh
  • Ita John
    Topic: Entrepreneurship and Development in Nigeria
    Supervisor: Prof Pritam Singh
  • Usman Ahmed
    Topic: Child labour and education in Pakistan
    Supervisor: Prof Pritam Singh
  • Vitalie Bumacov
    Topic: Micro finance and poverty
    Supervisor: Prof Pritam Singh
  • Nadia Singh
    Topic: Bioenergy, Capitalism and Energy Needs of Developing Countries: A Case Study of Bioenergy Projects in Punjab, India
    Supervisor: Prof Pritam Singh




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