International Development

The research field of international development is broad, yet the concept that societies and countries have differing levels of ‘development’ remains constant across all definitions. Gordon McCord, professor and director of the Certificate in Spatial Analysis program, focuses much of his research on sustainable development and works at the intersection of development economics, public health and the environment. His research uses spatial data and analysis to explore topics such as the evolving role of geography in economic development, the burden of infectious diseases such as malaria and hookworm in a changing climate, the impact of agricultural technology diffusion and the spatial patterns of violent conflict.

In the News

Cash Transfers More Effective than Workforce Training in Improving Lives of Rwandans
Sept. 10, 2020 | By Christine Clark | UC San Diego News
Study compared the efficacy of the workforce-training program to simply disbursing the cost of the same program directly to beneficiaries

Untangling the relationship between democracy and education
Sept. 17, 2019 | GPS News
Agustina Paglayan’s study “Democracy and Educational Expansion: Evidence from 200 Years,” is awarded Best Comparative Policy Paper award by the American Political Science Association

Education and human capital redefined
Sept. 28, 2018 | GPS News
Meet GPS’s new assistant professor, Agustina Paglayan, who works to improve the quality and equity of education systems, in both developing and developed countries alike

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Faculty and Research

Related Faculty

  • Jennifer Burney

    Jennifer Burney

    Assistant Professor

    Research Fields: climate impacts and adaptation, food-energy-water systems, food and nutrition security, land use, economic development

  • Rafael Fernández de Castro

    Rafael Fernández de Castro

    Professor; Director, Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies

    Research fields: U.S.-Mexico relations, foreign policy, immigration and security in Latin America

  • Michael Davidson

    Michael Davidson

    Assistant Professor

    Research Fields: China, electricity markets, energy policy, climate change policy

  • Francisco Garfias

    Francisco Garfias

    Assistant Professor

    Research Fields: comparative political economy, state capacity, taxation, social conflict, Latin American politics, Mexican politics, econometrics

  • Teevrat Garg

    Teevrat Garg

    Assistant Professor

    Research Fields: economics, Southeast Asia

  • Joshua Graff Zivin

    Joshua Graff Zivin

    Professor and Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs

    Research Fields: environmental, public health, development, innovation economics

  • Emilie Hafner-Burton

    Emilie Hafner-Burton

    John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of International Justice and Human Rights; Co-director, Laboratory on International Law and Regulation

    Research Fields: international law and regulation, human rights, election violence, trade and investment, behavioral economics, political psychology, and social networks

  • Ruixue Jia

    Ruixue Jia

    Assistant Professor

    Research Fields: China, development economics, economic history, political economy

  • Gaurav Khanna

    Gaurav Khanna

    Assistant Professor

    Research Fields: development economics, labor economics, applied econometrics

  • Munseob Lee

    Munseob Lee

    Assistant Professor

    Research Fields: macroeconomics, growth and development, firm dynamics, Korea

  • Elizabeth Lyons

    Elizabeth Lyons

    Assistant Professor

    Research Fields: technology and innovation strategy, international management, organizational economics

  • Gordon McCord

    Gordon McCord

    Assistant Teaching Professor

    Research Fields: development economics, public health, environment

  • Craig McIntosh

    Craig McIntosh

    Professor; Co-director, Policy Design and Evaluation Lab

    Research Fields: development economics, agricultural and resource economics, program evaluation, microeconomics, anti-poverty policies

  • Lauren Prather

    Lauren Prather

    Assistant Professor

    Research Fields: foreign policy, migration, democracy promotion and democratization, Middle East

  • Krislert Samphantharak

    Krislert Samphantharak

    Associate Professor and Associate Dean

    Research Fields: corporate finance, economic development, family businesses, business groups in East and Southeast Asia, financial institutions in village economies, Thailand

  • Weiyi Shi

    Weiyi Shi

    Assistant Professor

    Research Fields: China, political economy, foreign policy

Related Research Centers and Programs

  • Center on Global Transformation

    Center on Global Transformation

    Examining central questions about economic growth, equality and market change in the Pacific, this center brings together the worlds of academic inquiry and policy analysis.
  • Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation

    Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation

    Facilitating innovative research on the causes of international conflict and cooperation, this institute serves the entire UC system and is committed to educating the next generation of problem solvers and peacemakers.
  • Policy Design and Evaluation Lab

    Policy Design and Evaluation Lab

    Combining advanced social science methodology with the power of information technology, this lab designs policies and programs that alleviate poverty; promote health, welfare and security; and enhance accountability.

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