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 four 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.
To support the Green Impact initiative, the department has undertaken a stair-climbing initiative to improve our fitness and to save on CO2 emissions. We have also pledged to reduce the use of single use plastic at meetings and events. Further to this, we only provide vegetarian food at our weekly lunch time seminars.