David Hudson is Professor of Politics and Development at the University of Birmingham. His research examines how people in rich countries engage with ‘distant others’ and global development issues more generally, as part of the Gates Foundation's Aid Attitudes Tracker. He also works on the politics of development, in particular on the role of coalitions, leadership and power in reform processes and how development actors can think and work politically; the drivers of global migration, finance and trade and how these processes shape national development. He has held grants from the ESRC, British Academy, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Leverhulme Trust. David's work has been published in the Review of International Studies, Political Studies, Journal of International Development, and Conflict Management and Peace Science as well as the book Global Finance and Development.
"‘Power is important. As the philosopher Bertrand Russell pointed out: ‘the fundamental concept in social science is power, in the same sense in which energy is the fundamental concept in physics.’ Yet, despite all the interest in the politics of development in the past decade or so, there has not been enough systematic engagement with questions of power."