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President , executive director , Professor of Development Studies

David Hulme, British rural development specialist, educator. Fellow Institute British Geographers; member Society International Development, Society Agricultural Economics, Development Studies Association, National Trust London, Wild Fowl Trust.


Prof. Hulme was born in Ormskirk near Liverpool, and moved at the age of 19 to the University of Cambridge from which he graduated with honors as BA in Economic geography in 1974.


In 1984 the received his PhD in Land Settlement Schemes and Rural Development at the James Cook University in Queensland, Australia while working as a development practitioner in Papua New Guinea.


Currently, He is the president of the Development Studies Association. He has worked on rural development, poverty and poverty reduction, microfinance, the role of non-government organisations in development, environmental management, social protection and the political economy of global poverty for more than 30 years. His main focus has been on Bangladesh but he has worked extensively across South Asia, East Africa and the Pacific.

Recently, he has been a leading international expert in the discussion of the Millennium Development Goals and the Post-2015 Development Agenda. His most recent appointment, in September 2013, is as the vice-chair of the ESRC/DFID Poverty Alleviation Research Grants Committee. Hulme's current interests in global poverty and global governance extends from his extensive study of poverty at a micro-level, emphasising the significance of the macro landscape and the role of major institutions to the success of poverty reduction. include ‘Global Poverty: How Global Governance is Failing the Poor’ and ‘The Millennium Development Goals and Beyond: Global Development After 2015’ with Rorden Wilkinson (2012) (one of Routledge's bestsellers).

The book Just Give Money to the Poor (2010) recently co-authored with Armando Barrientos and Joseph Hanlon was shortlisted by The Guardian as one of the recommended books for people interested in development studies. He has been engaged with high level debates about emerging powers and the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the Millennium Development Goals. In October 2013, Hulme contributed to the British Academy’s ‘Emerging Powers Going Global’ conference.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Atlas of Mankind, 1978. Rural Development in Papua New Guinea, 1986. Editor journal. Administration for Development, since 1982.Contributor articles to newspapers. Grantee General Smuts Fund, Belize, 1972, Ford Foundation, Nigeria, 1973.


Among other appointments, Prof. Hulme is currently an academician of the Academy of Social Sciences, a member of the Scientific Committee of the Comparative Research on Poverty Programme of the International Social Science Council (ISSC) and a board member of the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD).


  • Other Interests

    Bird watching; scuba diving. Squash; tennis.


Married Georgina Anne Gear, October 26, 1974. Children– Edward, Jasmine.

Walter John Hulme

Jessie (Deane) Hulme

Georgina Anne Gear

Edward Hulme

Jasmine Hulme