This Institute promoted knowledge about innovative research and methodologies for studying inequality in developing countries. Particular emphasis was placed on exploring the specific dimensions and impacts of inequality on development across regions of the global south, and developing a comparative understanding of these dynamics.
Director of Development Studies, Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. Gianpaolo Baiocchi is a sociologist and an ethnographer interested in questions of politics and culture, critical social theory, and cities.
Professor of Sociology and International Studies at Brown University, Director of the Watson Institute Graduate Program in Development, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley. Patrick Heller studies how inequality shapes development, urban transformation, democracy and globalization. His work has focused primarily on Brazil, India and South Africa.
Ph.D. Emory University 1999; M.P.H. Johns Hopkins University 1989; A.B. Harvard University 1983; Associate Professor and Chair of Anthropology Department at Brown University. Professor Smith conducts research in medical anthropology, anthropological demography, and political anthropology in sub-Saharan Africa, with a specific focus on Nigeria.
Professor of Political Science at Brown University. Professor Richard Snyder's research and teaching focus on comparative politics, with an emphasis on the political economy of development, political regimes, and Latin American politics.
This group of BIARI 2010 alumni have received two grants for a multi-stage project. The first activity was a Network meeting/workshop to develop the concept of a new e-journal that would focus on issues concerning the generation and reproduction of cultural, economic and/or spatial inequalities, from a South-South perspective. In this workshop, the group elaborated on the conceptual design for the e-journal, including its theoretical and empirical scope, its publishing guidelines, and the constitution of its editorial committee.
The first part of this project is synthesize the findings on NREGS based on secondary information and provide an overall assessment of the spread and effectiveness of a rights-based decentralized community-driven scheme in tackling poverty and social, political and economic exclusions. The second part of this project is to summarize the already documented country experiences for South Africa (e.g. on Expanded Public Works Programme - EPWP), Argentina (e.g. Trabajar; Jefes de Hogar, JH; Asignación Universal por Hijo, AUH), Brazil (e.g. Bolsa Familia, BF), and Bangladesh.