The Global Development Forum is an interdisciplinary research forum established in 2014 within the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic StudiesHonorary Professor Ahmed Khalid (PhD, John Hopkins) from the Bond Business School, and Dr Maziar Falarti (PhD, QUT) from the Faculty of Society and Design are the co-founders of the Forum. Professor Khalid serves as the Convenor of the Forum, while Dr Falarti serves as Co-Convenor.   

The Forum studies socio-economic, political and global developments, particularly with respect to emerging economies and trading blocks. Additionally the Forum envisages encouraging institutional and governmental collaborations, and international linkages. It seeks to promote high quality and innovative research, supporting publications within the context of international relations, economic systems, regional trends and global governance. This will be done through a variety of activities including peer-reviewed publications, symposiums, workshops, mobilising internationally recognised guest speakers and other practitioners.

Foremost, the Forum aims to achieve the following goals:

  1. To establish a network of researchers with a focus on the socio-economic and geo-political developments in emerging global systems and economies.
  2. To promote quality research, collaborations and dialogue through regular contacts and interactions between Australian and international academics.
  3. To promote interfaculty research and publications within the Faculty of Society and Design, the Business Faculty and other faculties at Bond University.
  4. To develop alternative research methodologies in international relations, finance and the study of economic systems and regional organizations.
  5. To improve understanding and publications on emerging Asian and other regional economies through research, symposiums, workshops and engagement with think tanks including academics, practitioners and policy makers in the Asia-Pacific region Southeast Asia, South   Asia, the Middle East, and Australia.
  6. To explore and actively engage in negotiating external funding at the Faculty to support the research agenda of the projects.
  7. To make this research available to business, government and the wider public, both in Australia and overseas.
  8. To offer a platform for critical research, peer-reviewed publications and study of economic and socio-political systems.
  9. To edit, coordinate and organise peer-reviewed publications as part of a special book series with a recognized publisher and under the mantle of the Faculty of Society and Design. 

As a special project, the Forum will undertake a book on developments in the D-8 group (Developing 8), a consortium of eight Muslim countries representing four different regions in the world. One broad emphasis of this Forum is on the socio-economic and geo-political developments within the D-8 countries and its influence on the other Muslim countries. It is imperative to study the implications for the cultural identity, quality of life and well-being for people impacted by the D-8.

The D-8 is a group of emerging, resource rich and eclectic Muslim countries, consisting of Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey. It was officially formed in 1997, but the group has become more active during the last five years. The overall aims of the D-8 organisation (according to its constitution) are: to improve member states’ position in the global economy, diversify and create new opportunities in trade relations, enhance participation through decision-making at the international-global levels, and improve standards of living and global governance for its members.

Our current book project on the D-8 probes and questions wider socio-economic and geo-political developments, as well as the aims and vitality of the member countries in global systems. The project is topical, under-researched at a scholarly or governmental level, multidisciplinary and relevant to our understanding of recent global and economic systems of governance, with potentials for future research and publications. We believe that this project will offer answers to a number of key questions concerning socio-economic and political formation, sustainability, economic participation and effectiveness of the D-8 globally, and in the context of the Muslim world, by:

  • Fulfilling the need for a scholarly study of the D-8 in a global perspective.
  • Challenging the commonly accepted theories and views on the lack of direction in economic blocks within the Muslim world.
  • Highlighting internal and external forces that shape and direct the economic objectives and political ambitions of the member countries in the light of their wider global alliances, e.g. Turkey’s current membership of NATO, aspirations to join the EU, and hopes for improved regional influence, especially amongst Muslim countries.

Founders

Maziar M. Falarti

Maziar M. Falarti (PhD, QUT) is an academic and researcher in International Relations and Asian Studies. Dr Falarti has previously taught, and held various positions in a number of Australian and international universities. He has also researched, lived and conducted field trips in an eclectic array of countries and speaks several languages. In 2014 Dr Falarti co-founded the Global Development Forum (GDF) within The Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies (CEWCES) at the Faculty of Society & Design, Bond University. Since his PhD graduation he has published a book, Malay Kingship in Kedah: Religion, Trade and Society in New York with Rowman & Littlefield (part of the AsiaWorld Series, https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780739168431). Likewise, he republished a new version of the book (early 2014) for the Asia market by the Strategic Information and Research Development Centre (SIRD) in Malaysia and Singapore. The books have excellent reviews by a number of academics and scholars (e.g. Pacific Affairs, Reviews in History & the New Straits Times). Dr Falarti's research interests are in indigenous political systems & models, international relations, economic blocks & integration and historiography particularly in the Malay-Indonesian World, East & Southeast Asia, Indian Ocean themes, South Asia and the Islamic World in general.