Webinar: How can development economics journals better include Southern researchers?

September 23, 2022 | Webinar

An expert panel of journal editors will discuss the underrepresentation of researchers from the Global South in development publications and strategies to improve their participation.

Our panel of journal editors will address the underrepresentation of researchers from the Global South in development economics publications on September 23. Panelists include Enrica Chiappero-Martinetti, Christopher Barrett, Andy McKay and Marcel Fafchamps.

Research confirms a critical disparity in representation among Southern researchers in development economics, including in the policy process, research and academic publications.

Between 1990 and 2019, researchers from the Global South contributed fewer than one in six articles to the top 20 development journals, according to a study conducted by PEP Research Fellows. An analysis of the participation of Southern researchers in development economics, part of a series of six studies, indicates the urgent gaps in representation have remained unchanged.

As part of our webinar series on Increasing Global South Participation in Development Economics, PEP Research Fellows Kibrom Abay and Verónica Amarante will host a discussion on September 23 to address the lack of diversity in development economics publications.

In our first webinar in the series, we will explore this stark disparity in author representation in development journals.

The panelists will address several questions, including the main obstacles preventing Southern researchers from participating in journal publications, what concrete actions can be taken to improve this situation, and what implications this underrepresentation of Southern researchers has for the development field.

Attendees are invited to submit questions in the Zoom chat on the day of the event. 

In response to these studies by PEP Research Fellows, PEP issued a Call to Action recommending several actions that can be taken to improve the participation of Southern researchers in economic development debates, which more than 95 economists endorse.

You can support this initiative by adding your name and sharing it with your networks.



Marcel Fafchamps

Marcel Fafchamps, Editor, Economic Development and Cultural Change

Enrica Chiappero-Martinetti

Enrica Chiappero-Martinetti, Editor, Journal of Human Development and Capabilities

Christopher Barrett

Christopher Barrett, Editor, Food Policy

Andy McKay

Andy McKay, Editor, Review of Development Economics



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