Lots of exciting work is being done in this area by many different people. It’s a vast field, and there’s a lot more detail in our literature review [Link to Literature review], but here are some of the most prominent projects.
Remy Debes is one of several academics who is leading a revival of philosophical interest in dignity; read his accessible summary of his research agenda at Aeon.
ODI’s Humanitarian Policy Group have been exploring dignity and displacement in recent publications. Their series of reports constitutes the most extensive examination of dignity in development so far.
Mansur Lalljee and colleagues published an important series of papers on the psychology and measurement of respect for others.
There have been a series of investigations into respectfulness in medicine, most prominently in palliative care (by Chochinov, among others), and in maternal care.
Jeffrey Paller recently published a fascinating paper on dignified public expression in Ghanaian politics.
Of course, work on dignity also owes much to a wider agenda which has charted disrespect (and worse) in development. This project owes much to authors such as Robert Chambers, James C. Scott and the currents of thinking around community driven development, localisation, and empowerment.