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Dissertations


The DV410 dissertation is a major component of the MSc programme and an important part of the learning and development process involved in postgraduate education.

The dissertation guidelines

The dissertation guideline document can help students who may have not produced a dissertation before. The guidelines includes the following information:

  • What is required?
  • How will you get there?
  • Writing the dissertation
  • Submitting the dissertation

You can download the Dissertation Guideline PDF here


Prizewinning disserations

The archive of prizewinning dissertations showcases the best MSc dissertations from previous years. These offer a useful guide to current students on how to prepare and write a high calibre dissertation.

2015/16

2016-MV (PDF) Contract farming under competition: exploring the drivers of side selling among sugarcane farmers in Mumias            
Milou Vanmulken 
Winner of the Prize for Best Dissertation                                                     
Development Management               

2016-JS (PDF) Shiny Happy People: A study of the effects income relative to a reference group exerts on life satisfaction            
Janosz Schäfer 
Winner of the Prize for Best Overall Performance                                   Development Studies               

2016-LK  (PDF) Shiny Happy People: A study of the effects income relative to a reference group exerts on life satisfaction            
Lajos Kossuth
Winner of the Prize for Best Overall Performance                                     Development Studies 

2014/15


2015-MP (PDF) "Corruption by design" and the management of infrastructure in Brazil: Reflections on the Programa de Aceleração ao Crescimento - PAC.            
Maria da Graça Ferraz de Almeida Prado                                                         
Winner of the Prize for Excellent Dissertation                                         
Development Managment                                                                                 

2015-IE (PDF) Breaking Out Of the Middle-Income Trap: Assessing the Role of Structural Transformation.                                                                              
Ipek Ergin                                                                                                  
Winner of the Prize for Best Dissertation
Development Studies

2015-AML (PDF) Labour Migration, Social Movements and Regional Integration: A Comparative Study of the Role of Labour Movements in the Social Transformation of the Economic Community of West African States and the Southern African Development Community.            
Anne Marie Engtoft Larsen                                                                               
Winner of the Prize for Excellent Dissertation                                  
Development Management

2015-MM (PDF) Who Bears the Burden of Bribery? Evidence from Public Service Delivery in Kenya                    
Michael Mbate                                                                                                  
Winner of the Prize for Best Dissertation and Best Overall Performance
Development Management

2015-KK (PDF) Export Processing Zones as Productive Policy: Enclave Promotion or Developmental Asset? The Case of Ghana.
Kilian Koffi
Winner of the Prize for Best Dissertation
African Development

2015-GM (PDF) Forgive and Forget? Reconciliation and Memory in Post-Biafra Nigeria.
Gemma Mehmed
Winner of the Prize for Best Dissertation
International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies (IDHE)

2015-AS (PDF) From Sinners to Saviours: How Non-State Armed Groups use service delivery to achieve domestic legitimacy.
Anthony Sequeira
Winner of the Prize for Excellent Dissertation and Best Overall Performance
International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies (IDHE)

2013/14

2014-NS (PDF) Anti-Corruption Agencies: Why Do Some Succeed and Most Fail? A Quantitative Political Settlement Analysis.
Nicolai Schulz
Winner of the Prize for Excellent Dissertation
Development Studies

2014-MP (PDF) International Capital Flows and Sudden Stops: a global or a domestic issue?
Momchil Petkov
Winner of the Prize for Excellent Dissertation
Development Studies

2014-TC (PDF) Democracy to Decline: do democratic changes jeopardize economic growth?
Thomas Coleman
Winner of the Prize for Excellent Dissertation
Development Management

2014-AK (PDF) Intercultural Bilingual Education: the role of participation in improving the quality of education among indigenous communities in Chiapas, Mexico.
Anni Kasari
Excellent Dissertation and Best Overall Performance
Development Management

2014-EL (PDF) Treaty Shopping in International Investment Arbitration: how often has it occurred and how has it been perceived by tribunals?
Eunjung Lee
Joint Winner of the Prize for Best Dissertation
Development Management

2012/13

2013-SB (PDF) Refining Oil - A Way Out of the Resource Curse?
Simon Baur
Winner of the Prize for Excellent Dissertation
Development Management

2013-NI (PDF) The Rise of ‘Murky Protectionism’: Changing Patterns of Trade-Related Industrial Policies in Developing Countries: A case study of Indonesia.
Nicholas Intscher
Joint Winner of the Prize for Best Dissertation and Best Overall Performance
Development Studies

2013-JF (PDF) Why Settle for Less? An Analysis of Settlement in WTO Disputes.
Jillian Feirson
Joint Winner of the Prize for Best Dissertation
Development Studies

2013-LH (PDF) Corporate Social Responsibility in Mining: The effects of external pressures and corporate leadership.
Leah Henderson
Joint Winner of the Prize for Best Dissertation
Development Studies

2013-BM (PDF) Estimating incumbency advantages in African politics: Regression discontinuity evidence from Zambian parliamentary and local government elections.
Bobbie Macdonald
Excellent Dissertation and Best Overall Performance
Development Studies

2011/12

WP145 (PDF) Is History Repeating Itself? A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Representation of Women in Climate Change Campaigns.
Catherine Flanagan
Joint Winner of the Prize for Excellent Dissertation
Development Studies

WP144 (PDF) Disentangling the fall of a 'Dominant-Hegemonic Party Rule'. The case of Paraguay and its transition to a competitive electoral democracy.
Dominica Zavala Zubizarreta
Joint Winner of the Prize for Excellent Dissertation
Development Management

WP143 (PDF) Enabling Productive Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries: Critical issues in policy design.
Noor Iqbal
Joint Winner of the Prize for Excellent Dissertation
Development Studies

WP142 (PDF) Beyond 'fear of death': Strategies of coping with violence and insecurity - A case study of villages in Afghanistan.
Angela Jorns
Joint Winner of the Prize for Best Dissertation
Development Studies

WP141 (PDF) What accounts for opposition party strength? Exploring party-society linkages in Zambia and Ghana.
Anna Katharina Wolkenhauer
Joint Winner, Best Overall Performance
Development Studies

WP140 (PDF) Between Fear and Compassion: How Refugee Concerns Shape Responses to Humanitarian Emergencies - The case of Germany and Kosovo.
Sebastian Sahla
Joint Winner, Best Overall Performance
Development Management

WP139 (PDF) Worlds Apart? Health-seeking behaviour and strategic healthcare planning in Sierra Leone.
Thea Tomison
Joint Winner of the Prize for Excellent Dissertation
Development Studies

WP138 (PDF) War by Other Means? An Analysis of the Contested Terrain of Transitional Justice Under the 'Victor's Peace' in Sri Lanka.
Richard Gowing
Best Overall Performance and Best Dissertation
International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies (IDHE)

WP137 (PDF) Social Welfare Policy - a Panacea for Peace? A Political Economy Analysis of the Role of Social Welfare Policy in Nepal's Conflict and Peace-building Process.
Annie Julia Raavad
Joint Winner, Best Overall Performance and Excellent Dissertation Development Studies

WP136 (PDF) Women and the Soft Sell: The Importance of Gender in Health Product Purchasing Decisions.
Adam Alagiah
Joint Winner, Best Overall Performance
Development Management

WP135 (PDF) Human vs. State Security: How can Security Sector Reforms contribute to State-Building? The case of the Afghan Police Reform.
Florian Weigand
Joint Winner of the Prize for Excellent Dissertation
Development Management

WP134 (PDF) Evaluating the Impact of Decentralisation on Educational Outcomes: The Peruvian Case.
Siegrid Holler-Neyra
Winner of the Prize for Best Dissertation
Development Management

WP133 (PDF) Democracy and Public Good Provision: A Study of Spending Patterns in Health and Rural Development in Selected Indian States.
Sreelakshmi Ramachandran
Joint Winner of the Prize for Excellent Dissertation
Development Management

WP132 (PDF) Intellectual Property Rights and Technology Transfer to Developing Countries: a Reassessment of the Current Debate
Marco Valenza
Joint Winner of the Prize for Excellent Dissertation
Development Studies

WP131 (PDF) Traditional or Transformational Development? A critical assessment of the potential contribution of resilience to water services in post-conflict Sub-Saharan Africa.
Christopher Martin
Winner of the Prize for Excellent Dissertation
International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies (IDHE)

2010/11

WP128 (PDF) The demographic dividend in India: Gift or curse? A State level analysis on differeing age structure and its implications for India's economic growth prospects.
Vasundhra Thakurd
Joint Winner of the Prize for Excellent Dissertation
Development Management

WP127 (PDF) When Passion Dries Out, Reason Takes Control: A Temporal Study of Rebels' Motivation in Fighting Civil Wars.
Thomas Tranekaer
Joint Winner of the Prize for Excellent Dissertation

Development Management

WP126 (PDF) Micro-credit - More Lifebuoy than Ladder? Understanding the role of micro-credit in coping with risk in the context of the Andhra Pradesh crisis.
Anita Kumar
Best Overall Performance and Best Dissertation
Development Management

WP124 (PDF) Welfare Policies in Latin America: the transformation of workers into poor people.
Anna Popova
Winner of the Prize for Excellent Dissertation
Development Studies

WP123 (PDF) How Wide a Net? Targeting Volume and Composition in Capital Inflow Controls.
Lucas Issacharoff
Best Overall Performance and Excellent Dissertation
Development Studies

2009/10

WP117 (PDF) Shadow Education: Quantitative and Qualitative analysis of the impact of the educational reform (implementation of centralized standardised testing).
Nataliya Borodchuk
Best Overall Performance and Excellent Dissertation
Development Management

WP115 (PDF) Can School Decentralization Improve Learning? Autonomy, participation and student achievement in rural Pakistan.
Anila Channa
Joint Winner of the Prize for Excellent Dissertation
Development Management

WP114 (PDF) Good Estimation or Good Luck? Growth Accelerations revisited.
Guo Xu
Best Overall Performance and Best Dissertation
Development Studies

WP113 (PDF) Furthering Financial Literacy: Experimental evidence from a financial literacy program for Microfinance Clients in Bhopal, India.
Anna Custers
Winner of the Prize for Excellent Dissertation
Development Studies

WP112 (PDF) Consumption, Development and the Private Sector: A critical analysis of base of the pyramid (BoP) ventures.
David Jackman
Winner of the Prize for Best Disseration
Development Management

2008/09

WP106 (PDF) Reading Tea Leaves: The Impacy of Mainstreaming Fair Trade.
Lindsey Bornhofft Moore
Joint Winner of the Prize for Excellent Dissertation
Development Studies

WP104 (PDF) Institutions Collide: A Study of "Caste-Based" Collective Criminality and Female Infanticide in India, 1789-1871.
Maria Brun
Joint Winner of the Prize for Excellent Dissertation

Development Studies

WP102 (PDF) Democratic Pragmatism or Green Radicalism? A critical review of the relationship between Free, Prior and Informed Consent and Policymaking for Mining.
Abbi Buxton
Joint Winner of the Prize for Excellent Dissertation
Development Management

WP100 (PDF) Market-Led Agrarian Reform: A Beneficiary perspective of Cédula da Terra.
Veronika Penciakova
Joint Winner of the Prize for Best Overall Performance
Development Studies

2007/08

WP98 (PDF) No Business like Slum Business? The Political Economy of the Continued Existence of Slums: A case study of Nairobi.
Florence Dafe
Joint Winner of the Prize for Best Dissertation
Development Studies

WP97 (PDF) Power and Choice in International Trade: How power imbalances constrain the South's choices on free trade agreements, with a case study of Uruguay.
Lily Ryan-Collins
Joint Winner of the Prize for Best Overall Dissertation
Development Management

WP96 (PDF) Health Worker Motivation and the Role of Performance Based Finance Systems Africa: A Qualitative Study on Health Worker Motivation and the Rwandan Performance Based finance initiative in District Hospitals.
Friederike Paul
Joint Winner of the Prize for Best Overall Dissertation

Development Management

WP95 (PDF) Crisis in the Countryside: Farmer Suicides and the Political Economy of Agrarian Distress in India.
Bala Posani
Winner of the Prize for Best Overall Performance
Development Management

WP94 (PDF) From Rebels to Politicians. Explaining Rebel-to Party Transformations after Civil War: The case of Nepal.
Dominik Klapdor
Winner of the Prize for Excellent Dissertation
Development Management

WP92 (PDF) Guarding the State or Protecting the Economy? The Economic factors of Pakistan's Military coups.
Amina Ibrahim
Winner of the Prize for Best Dissertation
Development Studies

WP91 (PDF) Man is the remedy of man: Constructions of Masculinity and Health-Related Behaviours among Young men in Dakar, Senegal.
Sarah Helen Mathewson
Winner of the Prize for Best Overall Performance
Development Studies

 

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