Understanding Development undertakes a critical investigation of development within the context of globalisation and environmental decline. The book examines the key areas that have come to define this important subject, such as trade, economic growth and urbanization, considering ways in which these can be pursued in a sustainable manner. It entails exploring the complex interrelationships between development, globalisation and the environment.
The book highlights the contested and plural nature of development. It shows how it has evolved, the extent to which the different aspects of development are interdependent, and why studying it requires an interdisciplinary approach and taking into account contemporary globalizing processes and environmental change. In investigating this subject, case studies from countries and regions throughout the world are drawn upon and development strategies evaluated as part of a broader attempt to problematize the concept.