Doctoral research

The International Development Department (IDD) is committed to encouraging new thinking in the fields of statebuilding and governance and development management and provides a supportive environment for research students to flourish in their academic pursuit.

IDD particularly welcomes applications for research degrees in the following areas:

  • Conflict and post conflict reconstruction 
  • Natural resource governance, management and livelihoods
  • Anti-corruption and good governance
  • Urban poverty and management
  • Religion and development
  • Participatory approaches
  • Public sector management
  • Decentralisation

Research degrees offered:

All students studying for a research degree pursue their own original research under the guidance of a supervisor and the support of another academic staff member as co-supervisor. This freedom is often attractive to people planning a career in academic or training institutions or who aim to work in policy planning units of public sector agencies.

An individual training plan is drawn up to meet the needs of each student, based on a training needs assessment, covering both discipline-specific and transferable skills. Any gaps in their own skills portfolio identified by students can be filled during their period of study through attending courses offered by the department or the University. Each student is assigned their own space and computer within the department.

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