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About the Department


The Department of International Development promotes interdisciplinary postgraduate teaching and research on processes of social, political and economic development and change.

Our students come from all over the world and have successfully found employment in a wide variety of government, non-government, UN, academic, and private sector organisations

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:            

  1. Complex emergencies, security, and humanitarianism in war-torn societies              

  2. Comparative and international politics of development              

  3. Governance, civil society, and informal politics              

  4. Development management              

  5. Development economics    

  6. The politics of global health

The Green Impact Award

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. 

  

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Contact us

Telephone

+44(0)20 7955 7425

Email

General Enquires intdev.enquiries@lse.ac.uk

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Department of International Development, Connaught House, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE