Dr David Cobley

Dr David Cobley

International Development Department
Teaching Fellow

Contact details

School of Government
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

David Cobley's main research interests lie in the area of disability and development. He has developed a new module on this topic.


  • PhD in International Development, University of Birmingham, 2012
  • MSc in Poverty Reduction and Development Management, University of Birmingham, 2008
  • BSc (Hons) in Mathematics, University of Manchester, 1987
  • LGMB Diploma in the Management of Care Services
  • NVQ Level IV Care Management
  • D32/33 NVQ Assessor’s Award


David teaches on the following post-graduate modules in IDD:

  • Social Analysis of Poverty and Development (DL)
  • Dissertation Project Module (DL)
  • Disability and Development (Campus)
  • Disability and Development (DL)

Other activities

David jointly manages his own residential care service, for adults with sensory and cognitive impairments, in Birmingham.

In the past, David has worked as a Care Manager at the Birmingham Royal Institute for the Blind for six years, and served as a voluntary Board Member at New Outlook Housing Association for 13 years.

He has also conducted consultancy work for Leonard Cheshire Disability.


Recent publications


Cobley, D 2018, Disability and International Development: A Guide for Students and Practitioners. Rethinking Development, Routledge, London. <https://www.routledge.com/Disability-and-International-Development-A-Guide-for-Students-and-Practitioners/Cobley/p/book/9781138631915>

Cobley, D 2013, Disability and Economic Empowerment in Kenya and India. Lambert Academic Publishing, Saarbrucken.


Cobley, D 2015, 'Typhoon Haiyan one year on: disability, poverty and participation in The Philippines', Disability and the Global South, vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 686.

Cobley, D 2013, 'Towards Economic Participation: Examining the Impact of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in India', Disability & Society, vol. 28, no. 4, pp. 441.

Cobley, D 2012, 'Towards Economic Empowerment: Segregation versus Inclusion in the Kenyan Context', Disability & Society, vol. 27, no. 3, pp. 371.

Commissioned report

Cobley, D 2015, Disability and Development. Professional Development reading Pack, GSDRC.

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