Richard Pinder



I first taught development studies in the mid-1970s at the University of Zambia, an exhilarating experience that laid the foundations for my teaching at the Open University. My work in the UK – on urban regeneration, and on development partnerships involving voluntary, community and public agencies in the fields of health and social care – has made a complementary contribution, focused more on the management of development and on what we now term institutional development. Research in the UK in the early 1970s and 1980s nurtured my interest in the professional cultures of agencies working in the fields of social work and criminal justice. This too feeds into our teaching of development management, specifically with respect to ideologies of development and agency understandings of the ‘beneficiaries’ of development.

Since being appointed in 1996 as one of the first two tutors on our Postgraduate Development Management Programme, I have seen my involvement in the Programme grow to the extent of being now almost full time, split between teaching and serving as Qualifications Director.

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