1. To make distinctive and significant contributions to the development of social theory in and from ‘the global south’;
  2. To cultivate dynamic and diverse research communities and to build partnerships with other centres in ‘the global south’;
  3. To produce the kind of engaged and innovative knowledge required for policy innovation in the field of development and for experimentation with alternatives in all spheres of society;
  4. To develop new generations of researchers, writers and critically engaged scholars.