About our research

Research carried out by Centre for Development Studies (CDS) affiliated staff and visiting fellows touch on many issues and geographies, and evolve rapidly. Four pervasive issues are:

  • the interaction between change at local, national and global levels
  • the dynamics of inequality, poverty, gender and other forms of discrimination
  • the importance (and challenge) of doing research spanning different academic disciplines
  • retaining academic independence while also engaging directly in policy, practice and power relations.

Research themes

Our researchers

Our researchers attract major grants and undertake research projects funded by UK and EU research councils and other academic funders, government departments and related public-sector bodies, third-sector organisations and charities. We collaborate regularly with NGOs, charities, local, devolved and national UK government and international bodies.

We share knowledge and expertise through research publications, reports and policy briefings, conferences and other events.

Our teaching

The first three themes correspond with pathways for postgraduate study of international development (ID) in the Department of Social & Policy Sciences, while the fourth connects with ID integrated into postgraduate courses offered by the University’s departments of Health and Education. We also offer an MSc in Humanitarianism, Conflict and Development.