Development Studies Committee is the managing committee for the MPhil in Development Studies, andthe body from which the unit takes its name. The MPhil in Development Studies is a stronglyinterdisciplinary taught MPhil organised on a "hub-and-spokes" basis. The key disciplines aredevelopment economics, institutional theory, sociology, political science, anthropology, management,and law. The hub is constituted by the three core courses (Development Economics, Institutions andDevelopment, and Sociology and Politics of Development), which each provide a strong theoretical basisfor the understanding of interdisciplinary issues. The spokes are created largely by sharing papers withcognate MPhils (currently the MPhils in Economics, Land Economy Option B, Social AnthropologicalAnalysis, Management Studies, and Social and Economic History) to provide specialised knowledge of individual disciplines. Students take four papers concurrently, of which at least two must be core papers.One option paper may be replaced by a 12,000-word dissertation.
Review of 2004-2005
At the beginning of the academic year we were delighted to welcome back Dr Ha-Joon Chang from histwo-year leave of absence. In 2005 Dr Chang was awarded the Tufts University Leontief Prize. Namedin honour of the 1973 Nobel prizewinner Wassily Leontief, the Leontief Prize acknowledges the work of economists who combine theoretical and empirical research to promote a more comprehensiveunderstanding of social and environmental processes. Also at the beginning of the year, Professor BarryRider joined us as the coordinator of a new option paper,
Justice and Development
. Professor Rider'smany roles include Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies,University of London, Professor Honorarius at the Faculty of Law of the University of the Free State,Fellow of Jesus College since 1976, Fellow Commoner of Jesus College since 2000, and, in 2005,Warden of the Worshipful Company of Patternmakers.
Justice and Development
proved to be extremely popular option paper: one-third of the students selected it as an examination choice. We were fortunate,too, to have the services of Dr Maria Teresa Ruiz-Tagle of the Department of Land Economy, and Dr Kaveri Gill of the Centre of South Asia Studies, who between them gave all the lectures for Paper 2,Institutions and Development, during Dr Fennell's period of sabbatical leave in Michaelmas term. Later in the year we welcomed Mrs Lucy Murray, who joined us as a part-time member of the assistant staff team, and Mrs Diana Kazemi, who joined us as the part-time administrator for the CAPORDE workshopwhich is organised by Dr Chang. In January Adrian Bateman, our computer officer since September 2000, left us to move to Bath, and we were fortunate to secure the services of Steve Kimberley in hisstead. We were also delighted to host Dr Huaichuan Rui while she completed her joint research projectwith Professor Peter Nolan on 'The impact on the Chinese coal industry of the global value chain cascadeeffect'.