The Open University's Development Policy and Practice (DPP) Group is a leading centre of development studies and development management research, and hosts the OU inter-faculty Priority research Area in international Development and Inclusive Innovation.
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 hosts 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).