Research Fellow and Director of Integral Human Development, Laudato Si' Research Institute
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Séverine Deneulin is responsible for the Integral Human Development research programme of the Laudato Si’ Research Institute. The programme aims to bring spiritual and theological traditions into dialogue with the social sciences on matters of global socio-economic development and sustainability. It understands ‘integral human development’ as a perspective on global development which integrates economic, ecological, political, social, spiritual, cultural and other dimensions.

Deneulin specializes in international development ethics and the works of economist and philosopher Amartya Sen and his ‘capability approach’ to development. Her research examines how the Catholic social tradition and the capability approach to development can mutually enrich each other to inform development policy and practice. Her research expertise is in Latin America, and she has had extensive academic collaboration with universities in the region, among others, Argentina, Chile, El Salvador and Peru. She also teaches a postgraduate course on international development ethics at the University of Bethlehem in Palestine.

Deneulin works part-time for the LSRI, and part-time for the University of Bath where she is an Associate Professor in International Development in the Department of Social and Policy Sciences.


DPhil, International Development, University of Oxford

MA Economics, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium

BA Economics, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium

Selected Publications

S. Deneulin, Wellbeing, Justice and Development Ethics, Abingdon: Routledge, 2014.

S. Deneulin and M. Bano, Religion in Development: Rewriting the Secular Script, London: Zed Books, 2009

O. Garza Vazquéz and S. Deneulin. ‘The Capability Approach: Ethics and Socio-Economic Development’, in J. Dydryk and L. Keleher (eds), Handbook of Development Ethics, London: Routledge, 2019.

S. Deneulin and A. Mitchell, ‘Spirituality and impact evaluation design’, Special issue ‘Does Faith Matter? Exploring the role of Faith Based Organisations as Civil Society Actors’, HTS Theological Studies, 75(4), a5482, 2019 (open access) https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v75i4.5482

S. Deneulin and J. Clausen, ‘Collective Choice and Social Welfare by Amartya Sen: A Review Essay with Reference to Development Policy in Peru’, Development Policy Review, 2018 https://doi.org/10.1111/dpr.12376

S. Deneulin and D. Sanchez-Ancochea. ‘Urban Inequality, Youth and Social Policy in Latin America’, Oxford Development Studies, 46(1), 2018 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13600818.2017.1383375

S. Deneulin and A. Zampini-Davies. ‘Engaging Development with Religion: Methodological Groundings, World Development, 99: 110-121, 2017 doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2017.07.014

S. Deneulin. 2019. Book review: Development Beyond the Secular: Theological Approaches to Inequality, Studies in Christian Ethics, 32(3): 420-4, https://doi.org/10.1177/0953946819843467f