It’s 50 years since the International Development Department (IDD) opened its doors and, to mark the occasion, the Department is celebrating with a series of events and seminars.
The anniversary activities started with IDD hosting the Development Studies Association Conference, which attracted a large number of global delegates. A special anniversary report will also be available online from Easter.
The Department focuses on issues such as poverty reduction, climate change, effective governance, democratisation, political reform and conflict in developing and transitional countries.
Professor Paul Jackson, outgoing Head of IDD, says: ‘We’ve changed a lot over 50 years, becoming far more international in our outlook. ‘We’ve also moved from being a very policy-driven department, to an academic one that understands the importance of policy.
'What definitely hasn’t changed is that we – staff, students and alumni – all still want to change the world!’
Did you know?
The IDD runs a joint postgraduate programme with the Department of African Studies and Anthropology (DASA), including an MA in Africa and Development and PhDs.