Her research is in the area of development ethics, broadly defined as a critical ethical reflection on the meaning of ‘progress’ and the means to achieve it. Most of her research has focused on the works in ethics and economics by Indian economist and philosopher Amartya Sen, and the Catholic social tradition. Her regional expertise is Latin America, and she has had extensive academic collaboration with universities in the region. Her research interests include natural resource extraction and global value chains, the role of social movements and faith-based actors in reducing inequality and creating more sustainable economies.
As Director of International Development at the LSRI, Séverine works at bringing spiritual and theological traditions into dialogue with the social sciences on matters of global socio-economic development and sustainability. Her books include Human Development and the Catholic Social Tradition (Routledge, 2021), Wellbeing, Justice and Development Ethics (Routledge, 2014), Religion in Development (Zed Books, 2009), Transforming Unjust Structures (Springer, 2006). She has published many articles on development ethics and the role of religion in development, including in World Development, Third World Quarterly, Development and Change.
She has been a Visiting Fellow at the Kellogg Institute in the University of Notre Dame (2017-2018), and a Visiting Research Professor at the Catholic University of Argentina (2014-2015). Prior to joining the Laudato Si’ Research Institute, Séverine was Associate Professor in International Development at the University of Bath.
DPhil, International Development, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford
MA Economics, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium
BA Economics, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium
Simon McGrath and Séverine Deneulin. ‘Education for Just Transitions Lifelong Learning and the 30th Anniversary Human Development Report’, International Review of Education, 2021.
Séverine Deneulin. ‘Religion and Development: Integral Ecology and the Catholic Church Amazon Synod', Third World Quarterly, 2021.
Séverine Deneulin. Human Development and the Catholic Social Tradition: Towards an Integral Ecology. Religion and Development Research Series. Abingdon: Routledge, 2021.
Deneulin, Séverine. ‘Religion and Development’, in M. Clarke (ed.), Elgar Encyclopedia of Development, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, forthcoming.
Deneulin, Séverine and Augusto Zampini Davies. ‘Religion and the Capability Approach’, in S. Osmani, M. Qizilbash and E. Chiappero-Martinetti (eds), A Handbook of the Capability Approach, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2020.
Deneulin, Séverine, ‘Does human dignity imply a certain kind of agency? An exploration on the basis of Sen’s capability approach’, in P. Carozza and C. Sedmak (eds) The Practice of Human Development and Dignity, Notre Dame University Press, 2020.
Deneulin, Séverine and Ann Mitchell, ‘Spirituality and impact evaluation design’, Special on ‘Exploring the role of Faith Based Organisations as Civil Society Actors’, HTS Theological Studies, 75(4), a5482, 2019.
Deneulin, Séverine and Jhonatan Clausen, ‘Collective Choice and Social Welfare by Amartya Sen: A Review Essay with Reference to Development Policy in Peru’, Development Policy Review, 2018.
Deneulin, Séverine and Diego Sanchéz-Ancochea. ‘Urban Inequality, Youth and Social Policy in Latin America’, Oxford Development Studies, 46(1), 2018.
Deneulin, Séverine, Jhonatan Clausen and Arelia Valencia. Introducción al Enfoque de las Capacidades: Aportes para el Desarrollo Humano en América Latina, Buenos Aires: Manantial and Lima: Editorial de la Pontificia Católica Universidad del Perú, 2018.
Deneulin, Séverine and Augusto Zampini-Davies. ‘Engaging Development with Religion: Methodological Groundings, World Development, 99: 110-121, 2017 doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2017.07.014