DV445      Half Unit
Research Themes in International Development

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Tim Allen CON7.12 and Prof Danny Quah


This course is available on the MPhil/PhD in Development Studies, MSc in Development Management, MSc in Development Studies and MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies. This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

The course will structured around large research topics associated with the work of the International Development department such as Complex Emergencies, Control of Tropical Diseases, Assessments of Global Poverty, Dilemmas in African Leadership, the Economic Growth of China, etc. A set of readings will be proposed for each topic, with an orientation towards the publications of International Development staff. Themes and questions will change over time as according to developments in the literature and specific interests of staff teaching the course.


20 hours of lectures in the MT. 20 hours of lectures in the LT.

Formative coursework

Formative assessment will be a 3,000 word draft for discussion with the relevant member of staff.

Indicative reading

Allen T (with Melissa Parker) (2012) "Will mass drug administration eliminate lymphatic filariasis? Evidence from Northern Coastal Tanzania" Journal of Biosocial Science http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=8700071&fulltextType=RA&fileId=S0021932012000466
Brett, Edwin (2009) Reconstructing development theory: international inequality, institutional reform and social emancipation. Palgrave Macmillan
Corbridge, Stuart (2012) India today: economy, polity and society in an emerging power. Polity Press.
Dyson, Tim (2010) Population and development: the demographic transition. Zed Books, London, UK. ISBN 9781842779590
Faguet, Jean-Paul (2012) Governance from below: decentralization and popular democracy in Bolivia. University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, USA.
Keen, David (2012), Useful Enemies, Yale University Press.
Sequeira, Sandra (2013). Transport Corridors and Economic Growth in Africa: Evidence from the Maputo Corridor, World Bank, Washington DC, USA
Shadlen, Kenneth C (with Sebastian Hauss) eds (2011). Politics of Intellectual Property: Contestation over the Ownership, Use and Control of Information Edward Elgar
Wade, Robert Hunter (2011) "Emerging world order?: from multipolarity to multilateralism in the G20, the World Bank, and the IMF". Politics & Society, 39 (3).


Essay (100%, 5000 words) in the ST.

Key facts

Department: International Development

Total students 2012/13: Unavailable

Average class size 2012/13: Unavailable

Value: Half Unit

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