(British Library for Development Studies) Database
The BLDS database at the Institute of Development Studies, University
of Sussex contains records of over 120,000 printed documents held by
the Library and selectively indexed since 1990.
(Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion)
Based at the London School of Economics (UK), CASE focuses on one of
the main effects of globalisation, namely an increase in social exclusion.
The three principal dimensions researched here are: the economy and
incomes; families and family change; and communities and neighbourhoods.
for Transnational Studies
C-Trans at the University of Newcastle (UK) fosters interdisciplinary
research on the challenges to identity politics, space and territory
in a globalising world.
An influential international think-tank famous for its report The
Limits to Growth in the 1970s. Now focused on governance issues
in the era of globalisation.
on Global Governance
A United Nations sponsored project following up on the influential 1991
report Our Global Neighbourhood. Good for the UN perspective
on globalisation issues.
A worldwide non-profit federation of consumer organisations dedicated
to the protection and promotion of consumer interests. Campaigns on
genetically modified foods are prominent. Links, campaigns and newsletters
A critical analysis of the multinational organisations and their role
in society with a particular focus on the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
(Centre for Research in International Communication and Culture
CRICC at Nottingham Trent University (UK) carries out research focused
on problems and issues generated by the ‘globalising’ of social and
cultural processes and practices in late modern societies.
– Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation
CSGR, based at the University of Warwick, (UK) is the largest research
centre dealing with the study of globalisation and regionalisation in
Europe. Its research agenda deals with the definition of globalisation,
its impacts and policy implications.
(Department for International Development, UK)
The UK’s overseas development department, DFID commissions research
on a host of development issues including poverty alleviation and the
development of civil society.
The gateway to information on development, ELDIS currently includes
descriptions and links to over 3,000 organisations and over 6,000 full-text
online documents covering development and environmental issues.
on the Global South
This is a program of progressive development policy research and practice,
dedicated to regional and global policy analysis, micro-macro linking
and advocacy work, working with NGOs and people's organisations in Asia
Pacific and other regions.
(Globalism and Social Policy Programme)
Based at the University of Sheffield (UK) and a partner in Finland,
this five year programme carries out research, education and public
information work on the issues facing social policy in the global arena.
(Globalisation and World Cities)
Based at the University of Loughborough (UK) this research group and
network focuses on cities in the era of globalisation. Linked to the
Global Observatory, a trans-state data archive, GAWC focuses on the
external relations of world cities.
The objective of GDN is to bridge the gap between development theories
and their practical implementation. Undertakes policy-relevant research
on globalisation and its impact world-wide, also hosts on line discussions
and has a useful email newsletter.
Critical analysis and context setting for a post-Seattle project called
‘Democratizing the Global Economy’.
A study guide
A loose association of academics working on aspects of world politics
in the era of globalisation. A 'clearing house' for conferences, research
and its Discontents
Information on a conference held in Canada seeking to reconceptualise
globalisation and its consequences for society and the state at all
levels – national, international and sub-national.
and the Human Condition
An interdisciplinary institute based at McMasters University (Canada)
committed to researching globalization as a complex and multidimensional
phenomenon, rather than simply an expression of the inexorable growth
A comprehensive site, run by Fred Riggs in Hawaii, full of discussion
sites and many useful links.
An inter-disciplinary research centre based in Hawaii, focused mainly
on the Asia/Pacific region.
A useful, if basic, Oneworld net guide to the main aspects of globalisation
aiming to "challenge and inform, questioning assumptions and suggesting
alternatives". Plenty of reading material and well organised links to
This is campaigning TV journalist John pilger's lively homepage. A good,
if quite polemical, introductory website.
(Development Research Reporting Service)
A new online service offering hundreds of summaries of problem-solving
work on critical development dilemmas around the world. Information
for Development in the 21st century draws on work by the main UK development
(International Labour Organisation)
A long-standing UN body seeking to promote harmonious labour relations
worldwide and respect for basic labour rights. Has produced very informative
reports on key issues such as child labour for example.
for Global Studies (IGS)
The IGS is an interdisciplinary research group at Manchester Metropolitan
University (UK) promoting understanding of the ways in which global
changes are increasingly shaping the social, cultural and political
lives of world citizens.
An international forum for research and policy on migration, diversity
and the changing city in the era of globalisation.
Tracks corporate activity worldwide, particularly in the Third World.
A Canadian-based think tank on North-South relations in the era of globalization.
This site includes News and Views, Publications and Research.
One World online is a campaigning development education site aimed at
publishing information about global issues for development NGOs and
others. A vital gateway to development issues from a campaigning perspective.
Development Council (ODC)
ODC is an independent, international policy research institution based
in Washington (US). It seeks to improve decision-making on multilateral
co-operation, to promote more effective development and the better management
of related global problems.
Rio Tinto Zinc Campaign
An example of an active and well organised campaign against a multinational
This open access site publishes new academic interpetations of globalisation
from an interdisciplinary perspective, aiming to bring a social science
outlook to bear on the global era and its discontents.
(United Nations Conference on Trade and Development)
UNCTAD’s objective is to help the developing countries face the challenges
arising from globalisation and integrate into the world economy on an
equitable basis. Produces valuable reports on trade and development.
Bank and IMF Libraries
The fourteen World Bank and International Monetary Fund libraries work
together to provide information services to their staff and now the
general researcher too.
World Bank Group
The major international financial institutions provide a showcase of
their work around the world, resources for schools and others, and useful
links to ‘partners’ such as NGOs and business sectors.
The World Systems Electronic Conferencing Network
WSN is an electronic conferencing network and information source for
researchers of world-systems. WSN is linked with the World-System Archive
and the very relevant Journal of World-Systems Research.