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Research Projects

Through global research projects and collaborations, researchers at the Centre for Global Development (CGD) are actively engaged in building new knowledge across different thematic areas exploring Volunteering, Humanitarian Crises and Development; Mobilities and Displacement; and Community Action, Climate Crises and Disasters. In the links below you can find out more about our current and past projects (listed chronologically).

If you would like to get in touch to discuss our areas of expertise or explore ideas for potential collaborations, please contact Prof Matt Baillie Smith or Prof Katy Jenkins, co-Directors of the CGD.


Construction Volunteer Work

Understanding Volunteering at Habitat

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Indian Sundarbans

Volunteering and Climate Adaptation in the Indian Sundarbans

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Blackness In Resistance

Blackness in Resistance: Territory and Regime Violence in Uruguay

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Four Women Project

The Role of Culture in Women's Anti-Colonial Struggles

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Diasporic communities, the climate crisis and environmental citizenship

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Reference Guide on Volunteering Research

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Poetics of Diplomacy

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Harnessing Afro-Ecuadorian Women's Heritage

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Asia-Pacific ClimateScapes

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Wildlife Trade Futures

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Blended Volunteering

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Diaspora Groups, Civil Society and Development

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IFRC Volunteering Policy Study

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Refugee Youth Volunteering Uganda

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Living Deltas

Living Deltas

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Volunteering in Conflicts and Emergencies

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Peru Participatory Photography

Women, Mining and Participatory Photography

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Building Resilience to Multi-source Flooding

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Proactively Living with Floods

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Global Review on Volunteering

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