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Development Engineering Meets Development Studies

Robbins, Peter; Watkins, Andrew; Wield, David and Wilson, Gordon (2017). Development Engineering Meets Development Studies. Third World Quarterly, 38(10) pp. 2187–2207.

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The importance of science in development has been increasingly recognised in development discourses and policy since 2000. Engineering is less visible though engineering and engineers are important for the building and maintenance of transport, water, energy, industrial, informatics, urban and health systems. This article aims to investigate why engineering has not received more emphasis, including why development engineering has not been institutionalised like tropical medicine. It explores the nature of engineering in development, highlights recent efforts to headline engineering for development and, using analyses of what engineers know and do inside international development, suggests that its profile and effectiveness is emerging.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 1360-2241
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetOpen University (via Research & Enterprise Office)
Keywords: development; engineering; inclusive innovation; knowledge; policy
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Development
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: International Development & Inclusive Innovation
Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Institute for Innovation Generation in the Life Sciences (Innogen)
Item ID: 49270
Depositing User: David Wield
Date Deposited: 02 May 2017 14:59
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2020 07:34
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