Sociological Insights for Development Policy

The purpose of Sociological Insights for Development Policy is not only to raise awareness of the thought-provoking research being done by members of our section, but also to strengthen engagement between scholars, policy makers and development practitioners. Our long-term aim is to enhance sociology’s impact on development discourse and practice throughout the world.

For more information about the Sociological Insights for Development Policy series, or if you would like to contribute a brief, please contact Alaka Basu at

Volume 7

Issue 4: “The Firm Handshake: Training Begins Early in the Body language of Privilege” by Peter Francis Harvey (Harvard University).

Issue 3: “Progressive School Spending is Efficient” by Emily Rauscher (Brown University) and Yifan Shen (The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)

Issue 2: Sex for Pregnancy as a Chore: Policy Recommendations that Go Beyond a Diagnosis of Infertility by Eliza Brown (UC-Berkeley).

Issue 1: The President’s Party and Infant Health in the United States by Florencia Torche (Stanford University) and Tamkinat Rauf (Stanford University).

Volume 6

Issue 6: “Diversions: How the Absence of Research on Advantaged Groups Perpetuates Health Inequalities” by Bruce G. Link (University of California, Riverside) and San Juanita Garcia (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Issue 5: “Missing Widows” by Siwan Anderson (University of British Columbia) and Debraj Ray (New York University).

Issue 4: “‘Morality Policy’ vs Social or Development Policy: The Catholic Church in the Politics of Abortion in Ireland and Poland” by Sydney Calkin (Queen Mary University of London) and Monika Ewa Kaminska (University of Breman).

Issue 3: “Time Poverty and Multi-Tasking among Women with Young Children in India” by  Laili Irani (Independent Researcher) and Vidya Vemireddy (Indian Institute of Management).

Issue 2: “Workplace Disability and Death in an Era of Mass Incarceration: Insights from the US Military” by Eiko Strader (George Washington University)

Issue 1: “Good Governance Can Reduce the Gender Gap in Secondary Schooling” by Jamie M. Sommer (University of South Florida) and Kathleen M. Fallon (Stony Brook University)

Volume 5

Issue 6: “Mass Incarceration as a Factor in the US Mortality Disadvantage” by Sebastian Daza (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Alberto Palloni (University of Wisconsin-Madison), and Jerrett Jones (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Issue 5: “Why is Women’s Labor Force Participation so Low in the Middle East and North Africa?” by Valentine M. Moghadam (Northeastern University)

Issue 4: “Ease of Transportation and Women’s Employment in India” by Lei Lei (Rutgers University), Sonalde Desai (University of Maryland), and Reeve Vanneman (University of Maryland)

Issue 3: “The Revival of Population Control and Technocratic Family Planning in the 21st Century” by Daniel Bendix (Friedensau Adventist University) and Susanne Schultz (Goethe University Frankfurt).

Issue 2: “Stigma and Labour Market Outcomes: Sex Work and Domestic Work in India” by Neha Hui (University of Reading) and Uma Kambhampati (University of Reading)

Issue 1: “Competing Priorities: How intrahousehold relationships affect women’s business management and investment decisions” by Sophia Friedson-Ridenour (The World Bank) and Rachael Pierotti (The World Bank)

Volume 4

Issue 4: “Social Capital and Environmental Migration: Insights from the Brazilian Amazon and Implications for Climate Change” by Heather Randell (Penn State University)

Issue 3: “The Organized Hypocrisy of Development Funding: Maternal Mortality Changes in Sub-Saharan Africa” by Jamie M. Sommer (University of South Florida), John M. Shandra (State University of New York at Stony Brook), Michael Restivo (State University of New York at Geneseo), and Holly E. Reed (Queens College, City of New York)

Issue 2: “The Varieties of Chinese Capital in the Developing World” by Alvin Camba (Johns Hopkins University)

Issue 1: “Broadband Internet, Fertility and Work from Home” by Francesco C. Billari (Universita’ Bocconi),  Osea Giuntella (University of Pittsburgh), and Luca Stella (Universita’ Bocconi and IZA)

Volume 3

Issue 4: “Can Market-based Sustainability Resolve the Development Crisis?” by Jennifer Keahey (Arizona State University)

Issue 3: “Combining Manufacturing Employment with Economic Development in the Global Era” by Roshan K. Pandian (Indiana University)

Issue 2: “The Wider Impacts of Microcredit: Over-indebtedness and International Migration” by Maryann Bylander (Lewis and Clark College)

Issue 1: “Can Ships Help Cultivate Cross-Country Ties?” by Victoria Reyes (University of California, Riverside)

Volume 2

Issue 5: “Governance of Infrastructure Provisioning and Healthcare Services for Enhancing Health Service Utilization” by Amm Quamruzzaman (UC Berkeley)

Issue 4: “Do Maternity Leave Benefits Improve Economic and Social Development in Developing Countries?” by Kathleen Fallon (Stony Brook University), Alissa Mazar (McGill University), and Liam Swiss (Memorial University)

Issue 3: “The Building Collapse that Killed and Injured Thousands: What Can We Learn from Rana Plaza?” by Shelley Feldman, Cornell University

Issue 2: “Violence against Women and Legal Justice in Latin America: Advances and Challenges” by Pamela Neumann, Tulane University

Issue 1: “How Indigenous Movements (Can) Make a Difference for Development” by Matthias vom Hau, Institut Barcelona Estudis Internacionals (IBEI)

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Issue 6: “Food Price Instability and Global Food Crises” by Bill Winders, Georgia Tech

Issue 5: “Making Slums Liveable” by Patrick Heller, Brown University

Issue 4: “How States in the Global South Can Create Jobs – Even If They Are Clientelistic or Broke”by Samuel Cohn, Texas A&M University

Issue 3: “Development Sociology in Impact Evaluations,” by Shruti Majumdar, World Bank

Issue 2: “Making Medicines in East Africa: Foreign Aid in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS and for Local Industrialization,” by Nitsan Chorev, Brown University

Issue 1: “In Defense of Microcredit Over Cash Transfers,” by Paromita Sanyal, Florida State University