Inclusive innovation and development

Qualifications Duration Start dates Application period
(MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
February and October January to April
PhD (MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
Start dates
February and October
Application period
January to April

The Development Policy and Practice Group carries out interdisciplinary research in science, technology and innovation systems, global justice, politics of development and development management.

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. Within the context of innovation and development, we are interested in research about innovation as a driver of social change that helps the poorer sections of society. We welcome proposals which address issues of innovation, governance, politics, equity and social justice in both the developed and developing world.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent). If you are not a UK citizen, you may need to prove your knowledge of English.

Potential research projects

  • Institutions, markets and processes of innovation
  • The role of co-operatives in inclusive innovation and sustainable development
  • Governance of innovation and development
  • Inclusive innovation and the role of politics and power
  • The role of industry associations in innovation and development
  • Theory, evaluation and measurement of inclusive innovation.

Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

UK fee International fee
Full time: £4,786 per year Full time: £12,146 per year
Part time: £2,393 per year Part time: £6,073 per year

Some of our research students are funded via The Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership; others are self-funded.

For detailed information about fees and funding, visit Fees and studentships.

To see current funded studentship vacancies across all research areas, see Current studentships.


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How to apply

Get in touch

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

Dr Mark Lamont / Dr Frangton Chivemura, Discipline Convenors
Email: FASS-DPP-PG-admissions
Phone: +44 (0)1908 653391 / +44 (0)1908 653818

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If you’re interested in applying for this research topic, please take a look at the application process.