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Professor Joe Devine PhD Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Deputy Dean

Joe Devine supports Heads of Departments in the Faculty and holds wide responsibilities related to the University's Education Strategy.


Joe Devine was appointed Deputy Dean for the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences in January 2021. He is currently the Acting Dean for the Faculty.

He is a Professor of Global Development with research interests in the dynamics of social change and the politics of development processes in South Asia.

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  • Wellbeing and religion
  • International development policy and management
  • Qualitative Research Methods

This person is available to supervise research degree projects


View a list of books and publications by Joe Devine


Joe completed his PhD at Bath in 2000 and joined the University as a lecturer in 2002.

He has published extensively on issues related to international development in South Asia, and has attracted over £2million in external research grants.

Recent research projects where Joe has been Principal Investigator include:

Joe’s research retains a strong link with the worlds of practice and policy and he has collaborated with various government agencies, international and bilateral organisations, and national NGOs. In 2020 he was invited to write background papers for the Government of Bangladesh's 8th Five Year Plan.

His research was submitted as an impact case study for Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 and REF 2021, and has attracted other awards including:

  • the British Expertise Outstanding International Leadership Award (2016)
  • the University of Bath’s Research Impact Award (2014)
  • the Queen’s Anniversary Prize (2012) together with other colleagues in the Department of Social & Policy Sciences​

Joe has supervised 18 PhD students to completion and is available to supervise research degree projects.


  • PhD: University of Bath, 2000
  • MSc: London School of Economics, 1995
  • PG Diploma: London School of Economics, 1994
  • BA: : Universidad Pontificia Salamanca, 1989