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Professor Joe Devine Head of Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Joe Devine is responsible for the teaching, research and strategic planning of the Department of Social & Policy Sciences.


Joe Devine was appointed Head of Department for Social & Policy Sciences in 2013.

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

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  • Extreme poverty, vulnerability and inequality
  • Patronage, clientelism and poor people’s politics
  • Civil society and NGOs
  • 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.

He has received a number of awards for his research 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 15 PhD students to completion and is a founding editorial member of the Journal of South Asian Development.


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