DV545      Half Unit
Research Themes in International Development

This information is for the 2017/18 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof David Keen CON 7.16, Dr Diana Weinhold CON 7.10 and Prof Tim Allen CON 7.12

Head of Department, Doctoral Programme Directors, MSc Course Convenors and student's PhD Supervisor


This course is available on the MRes/PhD in International Development. This course is not available as an outside option.

This course is available as an option for students enrolled on the MRes/PhD in International Development only.

Course content

The objectives of the course are: a) to introduce students to the practical world of development which will both facilitate their `career paths’ and also prepare them for the consultancy projects by becoming more familiar with how such organisations think and work; b) to introduce students to the interface between policy practice and development academe. Each week speakers from different development organisations will speak to students about policy and research work in their organisation, how their organisation uses research and for what purposes, and some of the hot topics.


20 hours of lectures in the LT.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 1 piece of coursework in the LT.

A plan for the research paper (1500-2000 words) on which the student will receive feedback and topic approval

Indicative reading

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.

1 x 5000 word research paper to be submitted on the first Friday of the Summer Term.  The research paper will be co-marked by the course convenor and the student's PhD supervisor

Key facts

Department: International Development

Total students 2016/17: 4

Average class size 2016/17: Unavailable

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication