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Rethinking Development and Inequality – An International Journal for Critical Perspectives is the flagship e-journal of the Academic Network for Development and Inequality Research (ANDIR).

ANDIR has as its main focus academic dialogue, cooperation and development between scholars and institutions involved in researching various aspects of inequality and development. Though the Network focuses particularly on the Global South, it encourages research that includes causal, comparative and relational links with the Global North. The major aims of the Network include: the publication of an online journal (RDI), the activation of an academic website, the hosting of training courses, and the exchange of resources and information. The initial funding for the Network has come from the BIARI Alumni Research Initiative, Brown University, USA. More information on this Network at:

Journal Aim and Scope

Rethinking Development and Inequality (RDI) is devoted to publishing original inter-disciplinary social science research focusing on development and inequalities in the Global South.

The journal seeks to encourage original contributions, employing empirical or theoretical approaches, on analyzing the reproduction of inequalities in the Global South. The main goal of this journal is to enhance an inter-connected epistemic community and to encourage comparative learning towards academic collaborative work and dialogue between social scientists from across the world.


About the Journal

Over the past few decades the world has experienced great transformations that have challenged development discourses, political-economy structures and ideational frameworks that underpin government and international organizations’ policies. The master narrative of globalization and its market-led restructuring policies have deconstructed previously implemented economic development strategies led by the State in many developing countries of the South. The neoliberal reforms diffused in this process have remade the boundaries between state, economy and society. Moreover, many countries of the Global South locked into this form of grand social engineering appear to be in a deep state of social crisis. Various indicators from high unemployment, low quality jobs, loss of social rights, poverty, food stress, homelessness, migration, discrimination, environmental degradation, ecological injustice and deepening income-based inequality point to a development impasse.

At the same time, the reactions of civil society, governments and academics to these macro processes of market-led development have gathered strength. There is vital significance in understanding the many voices that are coming to the fore in defense of society and non-human nature; for example, social movements and various nationally based anti-systemic movements question the nature of the current global governance and development model, in which corporations and finance play a key role. However, while the dominant paradigm is in crisis it is still not certain what will replace it. This requires critical perspectives on some of the following questions:


  • What is the nature and dimensions of the inequality issues affecting the global south?
  • How has the contemporary crisis impacted on development and inequality in the global south?
  • How are governments, international institutions and social movements responding to such a crisis?
  • Are there ideational and policy shifts taking place within development discourse?


This is precisely the context that gives birth to the need for a profound debate on what kind of development is desired and how it can be achieved without deepening existing inequalities. The goal is to understand the crisis of development and causes of inequality in the global south while at the same time trying to discuss and propose neo-developmental policies and strategies that can address poverty, inequality and environmental crisis.

The mission of Rethinking Development and Inequality is to help this goal become a reality. This project is an initiative of young researchers whose main subject is the interplay between development and inequality in the territorial context of the Global South. The main objective of this e-journal is to provide a non-North-centered tool to foster communication and interchange between peripheral social science communities and their equivalents in the Global North. Thus, the aim is to create a more democratic discussion forum capable of perceiving development and inequality from a more varied and inclusive perspective.

Profile of articles invited

Since the focus of Rethinking Development and Inequality is on the global South, we encourage research on any geographical area of the South. We also promote the inclusion of studies that address the relationship between the global North and the global South as a key component to understanding global inequalities and their reproduction.

Another central aspect of the RDI is its inter-disciplinarity. Therefore, we specially invite contributions dedicated to the interplay between development and inequality across a broad range of theoretical areas and research based on empirical work. A non-exhaustive list includes:

  • Dimensions and dynamics of inequality
  • Generation and reproduction of inequalities
  • Economic and social policies
  • Power, conflict, policies and politics
  • Citizenship, justice and democracy
  • Stratification and status
  • Urban and sanitary trends
  • Access to resources and environmental constraints
  • Transnational and geo-political dynamics
  • Political and social inequalities based on ethnic, gender or class dimensions
  • Social exclusion and its dimensions
  • Spatial inequalities
  • State de-regulation and the role of public and private actors
  • Challenges for contemporary research on inequality


The journal welcomes critical perspectives on intersecting themes that assist with explaining and understanding development and inequality.


Reviews on the literature on development and inequality as well as book reviews are also welcomed. They must reflect on key publications on the subject in terms of both theoretical and empirical contributions.

Editorial Policies

All articles received will be read and evaluated first by the editorial board in order to ensure that they meet the journal’s minimum quality standards. The articles that pass this first evaluation will be sent to two experts in the field, following the double-blind peer review system.

The journal accepts original articles written in English, Spanish and Portuguese but final articles will be published in English. In order to enhance participation of scholars from the global south, the articles will be evaluated in their original language and will then be translated. We will provide the authors with contacts of translators and proof readers. The cost of translation will have to be borne by the author, though the journal will consider defraying these costs on a case-by-case basis.


RDI will be published annually and the issue will be released in January.

While we accept manuscripts all year round, for papers to be considered for the second issue of the journal planned for release in December 2013, the deadline for submission of papers is July 30, 2013.


Submission process

RDI accepts articles submitted online through our OJS system ( Alternatively, we accept submissions sent by e-mail to ( We do not accept papers sent by regular mail.

To ensure a timely review process we ask authors to format their manuscripts according to the guidelines published at

Editorial Committee

Dr. Caroline Wanjiku-Kihato, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

Dr. Marina Moguillansky, National University of San Martin, Argentina

Dr. Rodrigo Rodrigues-Silveira,, Germany

Dr. Naxhelli Ruiz-Rivera, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico

Dr. Vishwas Satgar, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

Dr. Divya Vaid, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

Dr. Iliana Yaschine, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico

Advisory Committee

Professor Michael Burawoy, University of California Berkeley, USA

Professor William Carroll, University of Victoria, Canada

Professor Jacky Cock, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

Professor Rolando Cordera, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico

Professor Peter Evans, University of California at Berkeley, U.S.A.

Professor Alejandro Grimson, National University of San Martín, Argentina

Professor Patrick Heller, University of Brown, U.S.A.

Professor Gilbert Khadiagala, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

Professor Diego Sánchez-Ancochea, University of Oxford, U.K.

Professor Richard Snyder, University of Brown, U.S.A

Contact Details of the Editors:

Dr. Naxhelli Ruiz-Rivera –

Dr. Iliana Yaschine –


For general enquiries contact the editorial board at: More information on RDI is available at:


ISSN: 2306-6598