The nature of work is changing fast. Automation, new technologies, and the globalization of trade and supply chains are dramatically changing the types of jobs available, where they are located, and the skills needed to fill them. Demographic shifts—increasing female labor force participation, the “youth bulge” in developing countries, and aging populations in wealthy countries—are transforming the global workforce. Climate change is fundamentally reshaping agricultural livelihoods. In many countries, the informal sector provides far more jobs than formal employment. Two billion people affected by state fragility have to find ways to provide for themselves in unstable environments.
These changes present both risks and opportunities and will test policymakers’ ability to respond effectively to a new global landscape. This issue of SAIS Perspectives will explore how people have adapted to the changing nature of work, where they have struggled, and the tools policymakers can use to help.
We want your perspective on how to promote secure and sustainable livelihoods in a rapidly changing world.
Submissions on any topic are welcome, but we are especially interested in articles and blog posts that address this year’s theme. For more information on how to submit your work, click here.
SAIS Perspectives' Development Roundtable series covers events hosted by the International Development program at SAIS, which bring prominent speakers from the policy and international development community to the SAIS campus.
The photos on our site were chosen from the top fifteen entries to our 2018 photo contest. We were overwhelmed by the response to this year's photo contest. We received over 160 amazing photos taken around the world by members of the SAIS community. To celebrate the winners and launch this year’s issue, we displayed the winning photos at events on the SAIS DC and Bologna campuses.
SAIS Perspectives launched its 2018-19 issue and celebrated the winners of the 2018 photo contest with events at SAIS DC and SAIS Bologna. The DC event featured a panel discussion with documentary photographer James Whitlow Delano and IDEV program director Professor Tanvi Nagpal. In Bologna, Dr. Michael Plummer, the Director of SAIS Europe, spoke about the theme of this year’s issue of SAIS Perspectives, “Work in a Changing World.”
Click here for photos and video from the events.
SAIS Perspectives is the student-run publication of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies International Development (IDEV) Program. Our goal is to create a platform for sharing ideas about current issues in the field of international development.
Each year the editors choose a theme and solicit articles based upon that theme from the greater SAIS community. Last year’s theme, “Development for All,” discussed how to make development more inclusive, from the financial sector and informal settlements to politics and law enforcement. The 2017 theme was "Technology and Development," and the 2016 theme was "Migration and Displacement." This year’s theme is “Work in a Changing World.”
Previously, SAIS Perspectives was an annual print publication. in 2014, however, we launched SAIS Perspectives' new online home, www.saisperspectives.com. We accept both short blog entries that highlight an issue or interesting experience, as well as longer articles that take a deeper look. We also welcome other media, such as photos or video.
We encourage all SAIS students, faculty, and alumni, as well as members of the broader community, to submit their work for publication. Learn how to submit pieces here.