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Global Poverty: Publishers

Publishers and Journals

Below are selected publishers who specialize in the areas of poverty and development as well as journals about the subject in gemeral (see the section on problem spaces for more).  University Press titles are also good and typically well-written sources.


The following is a selection of highly cited journals in the fields of poverty and development. 

World Development. Examines solutions to poverty, unemployment, malnutrition, disease, lack of shelter, environmental degradation, debt, gender, ethnic discrimination, civil conflict, and lack of participation in economic and political life.

Progress in Human Geography. Journal addressing areas of human geography research: philosophical, theoretical, thematic, methodological and empirical. 

The Lancet.  One of the world's best known general medical journals, publishing research, editorials, book reviews, and news on all aspects of human health. Includes social, economic and political commentary on public health issues, poverty, development, and epidemics.

Journal of Development Studies.  Oldest journal in the field of development studies, publishing interdisciplinary articles on development relating to economics, politics, public policy, and practice. 

Oxford Development Studies.  Provides a forum for critical analysis of conventional theories and policy issues in all aspects of development, including economics, history, politics, anthropology, and sociology.

Development Policy Review. Covers poverty-reduction strategies, inequality and social exclusion, property rights, sustainable livelihoods, globalisation in trade and finance, and the reform of global governance. 

Studies in Comparative International Development.  Addresses political, social, economic, and environmental change, including political institutions, economic growth and income distribution, and more.

Development and Change.  Interdisciplinary journal known for publishing unconventional analyses in the field of development studies and social change.

Journal of International Development.  Research on development issues in economics, politics, international relations, sociology, anthropology, and development studies, focusing on underdeveloped areas.

Development.  "Provides dialogue between activists and intellectuals committed to the search for alternative paths of social transformation towards a more sustainable and just world." 

Third World Quarterly. Examines emerging issues affecting the developing world, providing analysis of grassroot efforts of development practitioners and planners across the world.


The following publishers publish frequently in the areas of poverty, development and humanitarian relief.  

Earthscan. Publisher of books on environmental and sustainable development topics and issues.

Institute of Development Studies (IDS). Think tank based in the UK working on research, teaching and communications on international development, globalisation, participation, power, and social change.

International Development Research Center. Supports researchers from developing countries finding innovative solutions to local problems.

Intrac. Civil society research publisher working to link development practice with analysis. Small but worthwhile.

Kumarian Press. Publishes books on international development, globalization, peace and conflict resolution, human rights, the environment, women and gender, NGOs and civil society, microfinance, health, etc.

International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).  Non-profit organization promoting sustainable patterns of world development through collaborative research, policy studies, networking and knowledge dissemination.

Overseas Development Institute. Think tank on international development and humanitarian issues, informing policy and practice leading to poverty reduction and the alleviation of suffering in developing countries.

Practical Action Publishing. Development charity working with poor communities on renewable energy, food production, agro-processing, sustainable transport, water, sanitation, small enterprise development, building and shelter, and disaster reduction.

Oxfam (UK).  International confederation of organisations working in countries worldwide to find lasting solutions to poverty and realted injustice around the world

Polity Press.  Publishes books on globalization, politics, refugee studies and international relations.

Zed Books. Publishes on politics, development, gender, the environment and economics, specializing in international and developing country issues.