The Open University's Development Policy and Practice (DPP) Group is a leading centre of development studies and development management research, and co-hosts the ESRC INNOGEN Centre on innovation in life sciences which is run jointly with the University of Edinburgh.
In the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework results:
- OU research in Development Studies is ranked 5th in the UK overall for the quality and intensity of its research using the Times Higher Education Research Intensity Score
- 69% of OU Development Studies research was assessed as 4* (world-class) or 3* (internationally excellent)
- 100% of the OU environment for research in International Development topics was also assessed as 4* (world-class) or 3* (internationally excellent).
Underpinning its international research excellence, DPP has extensive networks within and outside the University. It is a key contributor to the OU’s Priority Research Area in International Development and Inclusive Innovation, which brings together and supports the wide range of inter-disciplinary development and innovation research undertaken across the University. In the UK, the DPP group works closely with academics from a range of development studies institutes and with a consortium of non-governmental organisations. Internationally, it has research and teaching collaborations with staff and institutions from more than 20 countries. It has developed a facilitative capacity to bring people together to work in new programmes, courses and research.
We offer two research degree programmes: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil).