International Development programs at the undergraduate level have burgeoned throughout the world in recent years. Formerly found on the margins of mainstream academic units, and largely confined to graduate studies, these programs pioneered both multidisciplinarity and praxis (the combinationof academic analysis and real-world engagement with development issues) in the university and college setting. The appeal and common sense behind this approach, as well as the way development studies has connected with students' values, has brought development into the mainstream academy as anidentifiable discipline.The Introduction to International Development Studies textbook sets out to respond to the particular needs of undergraduate international development programs - namely their inherent multidisciplinarity and their normative concern with praxis. Previous texts have typically been anchored withinspecific disciplinary traditions and have generally overlooked contributions from other disciplines to crucial debates in international development. Given that most international development programs of study are multidisciplinary in nature, there is a clear need for a text that is explicitlymultidisciplinary in its approach to the key issues.
Paul Haslam is Assistant Professor at the International Development and Globalization Program, at the University of Ottawa. He is the co-editor of Governing the Americas: Assessing Multilateral Institutions. He has also worked as Senior Analyst at the Canadian Foundations for the Americas, anon-governmental organization based in Ottawa that works on issues of public policy in Latin America. Professor Haslam's teaching and research interests span both international development and international political economy. His current research focuses on state-firm relations in Latin America(particularly Argentina and Chile), the international regulation of foreign direct investment, corporate social responsibility, and the political economy of institutional reform in Latin America.Jessica Schafer is an Assistant Professor at the International Development and Globalization Program, at the University of Ottawa. Professor Schafer's current research examines the relationship between social and environmental change in Mozambique from the late nineteenth century to the present,with a focus on forests and wildlife. Her previous research projects, with the universities of Oxford, Sussex, and Victoria, include livelihoods and natural resource management in post-conflict situations; post-conflict social and political change; reintegration of demobilized soldiers after civilwar; and early childhood development in Africa. She has conducted research for the United States Agency for International Development, the Overseas Development Institute, and the Department for International Development of the United Kingdom.Pierre Beaudet is Replacement Professor at the International Development and Globalization Program, at the University of Ottawa. He has 25 years of experience in international development as a researcher and manager of various programs in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and as a consultant for CIDA,the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and several Canadian and international NGOs.