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Department of International Development
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London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street


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About the Department

The Department of International Development was established in 1990 to promote interdisciplinary post-graduate 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, national political and economic systems and in the international system.

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. 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, academic and private sector organisations working in the developing world.


The  Department conducts research on five broad themes of research and teaching::

  1. Complex emergencies, security, and humanitarianism in war-torn societies
  2. Comparative politics of development
  3. Governance, civil society, and informal politics
  4. Development management
  5. Development economics
  6. The politics of global health

In addition, there are also research units:

  1. The Justice and Security Research Programme
  2. The Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit
  3. The International Growth Centre (an LSE-wide initiative)