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Prof.dr. (des) D. Gasper

Full Professor
Social Studies
Erasmus University Rotterdam


Des Gasper (1953) is professor of Human Development, Development Ethics and Public Policy, at ISS of Erasmus University Rotterdam. ‘Human development’ refers here to human-centred socio-economic development, including extension of people’s ability to live in ways that there is reason to value. This field links to work on human rights and human security, and he work on such links, both in theoretical and ’applied’ research.During 2012-16, highlights were: He wrote conceptual chapters in the Routledge Handbook of Human Security and the Elgar Handbook on Climate Change and Human Security (2013). With Oscar Gomez I co-wrote two overviews of the past twenty years of human security researcht: for UNDP and for a a 2015 special issue of Contemporary Politics, 21(1). He worked with Oscar Gomez and Yoichi Mine on a report to UNDP that reviewed human-security oriented Human Development Reports, and an associated guidance. We extended our analysis in a 2016 paper in the Journal of Development Studies, 52(1). Application of human development ideas to university education, in work with Alejandra Boni (in the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 2012, 13(3); and to methods of project planning and evaluation, in a paper in Oxford Development Studies, 2012, 40(1), and a special issue in 2014 of the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 15(1).

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Social Studies


  • D. Gasper & O.A. Gómez (2015). Human security thinking in practice: ’personal security’, ‘citizen security’ and comprehensive mappings. Contemporary Politics, 21 (1), 100-116. doi:[go to publisher's site]

  • D. Gasper & G. Sinatti (2016). Una investigación sobre migración en el marco de la seguridad humana : Investigating migration within a human security framework. Revista de Migración y Desarrollo, 14 (27), 19-63.

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