(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
February and October
January to April
Our research in the Development Policy and Practice (DPP) Group seeks to shed light on how the state becomes a driver and an agent of development while contributing to the construction of alternative political systems that challenge the current conceptualisation and practice of development. The DPP Group draws on an extensive network of academic partnerships with researchers, policy makers and grassroots organisations in Latin America and Africa that ensures an integrated analysis of international development.
Within this broad and cross-cutting agenda we focus on:
- The relationship between development actors, institutions and dynamics of change at the level of political ideas. This further focuses on global justice, cosmopolitanism and politics of development as well as on transnational networks, states and power.
- At the level of policies, our focus is on the interaction between governance and government and civil society.
- At the level of actions, research focus is mainly on social movements, participation, conflict and cooperation.
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
Within the context of development, we are interested in research at the intersection of political ideas, policies and actions of:
- Social and solidarity economy in low and middle income countries
- The politics of inclusive development and innovation
- Co-operative resilience and rural development
- Alternative political systems and their impact on development processes
- Local, national, transnational and global governance
- Civil society, collective action and political networks
- Global justice and global citizenship
- Political systems and development
- Public engagement and new media
- Knowledge production and transfer, and social learning
Current/recent research projects
- Politics of inclusive innovation and development in Latin America
- Co-operative enterprises, innovation and inclusive development in Africa
- Knowledge production for sustainable bioenergy: an analysis of UK decision processes and priorities
- Unpacking role of industry associations in diffusion and governance of health innovations in developing countries
Fees and funding
|Full time: £4,712 per year
||Full time: £11,958 per year
|Part time: £2,356 per year
||Part time: £5,979 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.