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Department of International Development
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London School of Economics and Political Science
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About the Department


The Department of International Development promotes 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, as well as national and international political and economic systems.

Research and teaching

Research and teaching at the Department of International Development 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.


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, UN, 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)