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Development Studies

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The Development Policy and Practice Group carries out research in development studies and development management, and co-hosts the ESRC INNOGEN Research Centre on innovation in life sciences which is run jointly with the University of Edinburgh.

The group has extensive networks within and outside the University. In the UK the 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).

Key facts

  • The group is recognised for its internationally excellent interdisciplinary research on innovation and development and for its growing profile in generating theoretically informed and empirically grounded knowledge on the roles and impacts of individuals, groups and systems in development processes.
  • The group is continuously developing new conceptual frameworks and avenues of inquiry and prides itself in being able to attract and retain world-class researchers and students who are willing and able to expand conceptual and empirical horizons.
  • The group’s network of local and global partners provides students and researchers access to a vibrant intellectual community. 
  • We focus on questions of governance of development and the role of the emerging powers in reconfiguring development cooperation.
  • We focus largely, though not exclusively, on Africa and Asia.

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Professor Giles Mohan
+44 (0)1908 653654

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under 'Your Questions' on the right of the page.


Research publications by Open University staff are available through Open Research Online (ORO), the university's repository of research publications and other research outputs. ORO can be searched or browsed by staff name or subject.

The following list, generated from ORO, provides a flavour of the most recently published work in Development Studies