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Department of International Development
6-8th Floors, Connaught House
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street


Tel: +44 (020) 7955 6565/7425
+44 (020) 3486 2626


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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. 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

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.

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

We currently offer four taught MSc programmes: African Development, Development Management, Development Studies, and International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies (IDHE), alongside a number of joint degrees with other departments.

Full details are available on our study page.

There are also research units that operate through the department, both past and present. The department's research activity and its output, including active members, research objectives, research impact, past papers, and works in progress, are all available online.

Full details are available on our research page.


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.

See a full list of our academic staff here.


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.


The department is involved in hosting (or co-hosting) an extensive series of events, ranging from research seminars to regular public lectures.

These include the annual Amartya Sen lecture, which has been delivered in recent years by Sir James Wolfensohn (2013), the ninth president of the World Bank, and Christine Lagarde (2014), Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund.

For more details about our forthcoming and past events (including media and podcasts), please visit our events page.

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