The department is dedicated to understanding problems of poverty and late development within local communities, as well as national and international political and economic systems.
Research and teaching in the department is concerned with the causes of poverty, social exclusion, economic stagnation, humanitarian crises and human security. We aim to provide our students with an understanding of why and how some late developing countries have succeeded in overcoming these problems while others have not or have seen their progress derailed by disasters and conflicts.
We currently offer five taught MSc programmes. Students in our MSc and research programmes come from all over the world and upon graduation have successfully found employment in a wide variety of government, non-government, UN, academic, and private sector organisations working in the developing world.
There are also research units that operate through the department. Our staff have considerable experience in living and working in the developing world and most have engaged in policy-relevant research and consultancy work with international development agencies or non-governmental organisations.
The department conducts research and teaching across six broad themes:
Complex emergencies, security, and humanitarianism in war-torn societies
Comparative and international politics of development
Governance, civil society, and informal politics
The politics of global health
The Department of International Development supports the university’s wider Green Impact initiative and is dedicated to reducing its carbon footprint and its impact on the environment.
Every year, departments are audited by the university’s sustainability team and each receives a level of accreditation for their performance. We gained a Silver award in 2015 and the Staff Engagement award for our Mount Everest Challenge (see below).
Among our New Year Resolutions for 2015, staff members have pledged to cut down on red meat consumption and to cut down or to re-use disposable packaging.
We have also undertaken a stair-climbing initiative to improve our fitness and to save on CO2 emissions.