Global Studies International Award for Excellence

The Global Studies Journal offers an annual award for newly published research or thinking that has been recognized to be outstanding by members of the Global Studies Research Network.

Award Winner for Volume 15

The Geo-Economics of Deprivation: Re-Thinking Philosophical Perspectives and Proposed Solutions on Global Poverty

Global poverty continues to threaten human development with an unprecedented rise in hunger, malnutrition, disease, squalor, unemployment, and limited access to patented seeds and medical supplies. A moral imperative for intervention-based action is clear, but the attributive actors remain a source of debate. Scholars like Thomas Pogge, Allan Buchnan, and Charles Beitz, who are proponents of global redistributive justice argue redress should come from main culprits behind global poverty, namely, shared International Financial Institutions (IFI’s), World Trade Organization (WTO), and Multinational Corporations (MNC’s) who forcefully dominate economic, health, and trade policy and unilaterally impose their agenda on poor countries. To the contrary, this work argues merely name-shaming shared structures and calling for global institutional reforms is only part of the actual progress needed. Moreover, it maintains there is no use for global equal opportunity without a balanced sense of responsibility that highlights the complicity of domestic third world leaders; inculcates the right ideals and moors that enshrines a “home-grown theory of justice;” and expands the internal capacity of domestic institutions to complement and consolidate improvements at the global scale. Where this is absent, we perpetuate a false dichotomy between domestic and global structures in our bid to understand how they contribute to poverty and the applicable solutions needed.


Oluwatosin Akande is a professional policy analyst, M&E specialist, and development economist with 14yrs cumulativeexperienceacrosstheU.S., U.K., and Nigerian governance and economic development sector. This includes research experience and multiple project work experience with consultancies (RED Universal Consulting, Coffey International Development, PriceWater HouseCoopers-PwC, and Convention on Business Integrity). Further experience is with multi-lateral institutionsincludingUnited Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA); Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN); UK Agency for International Development(DFID-UKAID), European Union (EU), United Nations Development Program(UNDP), and the World Bank (WB).

Past Award Winners

Volume 14

The Essential Trust Building in Thailand’s Reconciliation Process

Satidporn, Wichuda and Stithorn Thananithichot, The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Global Studies, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp.1–17


Volume 11

Biopolitics and Sovereignty: Decontextualization and Recontextualization of Anthropolaw

Stefan Litz, The Global Studies Journal, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp.33–47


Volume 10

Where to Train: Shifts in the Doctoral Destination Advice Given to Asian Bioscience Students

Anju Mary Paul and Vicotira Paul, The Global Studies Journal, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp.1–18


Volume 8

Energy Crisis Keeps Egypt on the Wrong Side of Capitalism

Ahmed Badreldin, The Global Studies Journal, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp.1–18


Volume 7

No Freedom from Fear: Child Soldiers in Burma

Spreeha Debchaudhury, The Global Studies Journal, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp.41–51


Volume 6

The Impact of China on Sub-Saharan Africa’s Ability to Work towards a Sustainable Future: A Secondary Analysis

Lynne Ciochetto, The Global Studies Journal, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp.33–43


Volume 5

The American Dream: An Indian Version in the Age of Globalization

Sudata DebChaudhury, The Global Studies Journal, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp.121–138


Volume 4

Globalization and Social Justice in Latin America in the Past Twenty Years

Jalil Safaei, The Global Studies Journal, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.219–238


Volume 3

Embracing China — From Market Fundamentalism to Socialised Mercantilist Markets? Enter the Dragon, a New Set of Clothes for Turbo-capitalism

Jackson Nyamuya Maogoto, The Global Studies Journal, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp.247–254


Volume 2

Power of McDonald’s ‘Happy Meal’: Globalization of American Culture and Value

Joanne Jung-wook Hong, The Global Studies Journal, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.143–154


Volume 1

Mobile Cities: Reinventing Urban Mobility

Oliver Schwedes and Stephan Rammler, The Global Studies Journal, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp.159–168