1 year full time, 2 years part time
Starts September 2017

Social Development

Gain the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to become a social development practitioner. This course addresses the increasing focus on social aspects of development in policy, planning and practice.

If you have some experience in the field, we provide opportunities to expand and deepen your knowledge.

With the on-going refugee crisis and rising poverty, this MA is very relevant. You learn about diaspora communities, postconflict reconciliation, sustainable development and participation as empowerment.”Tala Hassoun
Social Development MA

Key facts

  • Development Studies at Sussex was ranked 1st in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017.
  • Global Studies is a unique interdisciplinary school, with a vibrant mix of students and practitioners from around the world working on cutting-edge research.
  • You benefit from expert teaching and a connection to a global network of research partnerships, alumni and professionals in the public, private, consultancy and not-for-profit sectors. 

How will I study?

We draw on a range of innovative teaching methods, including interactive lectures, workshops and one-to-one supervision.

You're assessed by term papers, a research proposal and your dissertation, or a dissertation with placement.


You can apply to take a placement with this course. On placement, you gain work experience related to your subject and practical skills in preparation for a professional career. Research placements run for up to 12 weeks in the summer term and vacation. You can also write your dissertation based on your experience.

The School of Global Studies and the Careers and Employability Centre will help you with your applications.

Find out more about Global Studies postgraduate placements

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. 

For details about the part-time course, contact us at

What will I study?

  • Module list

    Core modules

    Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

    • Concepts of Social Development

      30 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      This module examines a number of key concepts in social development, situating them intellectually, historically and institutionally. For each topic we will look at how different concepts have been applied in aid policy and practice, and at the debates and controversies they have given rise to. By drawing on analysis of case studies and examples drawn from different countries, you are encouraged to reflect critically upon the theoretical, practical and ethical implications of each notion and to develop your own views about the applicability of these concepts and their potential impacts in different social contexts.

    • Critical Debates in Development Theory

      30 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      On this course you will examine the theories associated with modernisation, dependency, participatory approaches, post-modernism and all-encompassing trope 'globalisation'. You will explore how our thinking about development has changed over time and why it has changed. While theoretical in orientation, you will consider through seminar discussions that the division between 'theory' and 'practice' is to some extent misleading.

    • Research Methods and Professional Skills (Int Dev)

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module provides you with training in social science research methods (generic as well as specific to your dissertation research) as well as with a set of professional skills that prepare you for a professional career. The module is run as a series of half-day workshops from which you select three workshops to match your specific needs depending on disciplinary orientation, previous training and experience, future employment plans and personal interests. The workshops will cover a wide range of topics. The social research methods workshops will include interviewing, ethnographic methods, participatory research techniques and questionnaire design. The professional skills workshops will include, for example, stakeholder engagement, sustainable livelihoods analysis, environmental impact assessment, project planning and private sector consulting. The professional skills will also help to prepare you if you plan to take a work placement over the summer. As part of the module, you will also receive a workshop on dissertation planning and design.

    • Dissertation (Social Development)

      45 credits
      Summer Teaching, Year 1

      This module provides you taking the programme with the opportunity to complete under expert supervision a 10,000-word dissertation on a topic of your choosing relevant to the field of social development. You may wish to conduct fieldwork for your dissertation, others may chose to work on secondary sources. In order to prepare for this work, you will have been given a training workshop in dissertation writing and you will be allocated a supervisor, who will help you prepare for your research, develop your problematic and supervise your independent research and writing through four half-hour one-on-one supervisions in the summer term.


    Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

    • Activism for Development and Social Justice

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      On this module, you will address the ways in which activists and activism have sought to engage in development and social justice. You'll explore and evaluate different approaches to activism, grounding this in theories of social mobilisation and citizenship, and will work through a series of practical examples, drawing on empirical material produced by anthropologists and others, to explore how activism has been used to address issues of development and social justice. In doing so, you will seek to build on the material introduced in previous terms on theories of social change and approaches to development and social justice, to explore how different kinds of activisms seek to bring about change.

      The module will explore the contributions that imaginative, insurgent, disruptive and chaotic forms of social action have to make to development, and will cover a range of forms of collective action from the use of petitions and lobbying of representatives, to the use of the arts in "interrupting" everyday life to bring some of its elements into question, to mobilisation for protests and peaceful demonstrations, to non-violent direct action and info-activism.

    • Anthropologies of Food

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

    • Anthropology of Reconciliation and Reconstruction

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      In their ethnographies, anthropologies have studied 'intra-cultural' conflict resolution practices. As activists, they have contributed to the emergence of generic approaches to conflict resolution. They have, however, raised important questions regarding the contextuality of generic practices and whether they can capture the complexity of local circumstances.

      In the first part of this module, you critically assess the relationship between local ('intra-cultural') and generic approaches to conflict resolution (as practiced by INGOs and other third-parties) - asking whether the latter can be tempered with a sense of context-specificity. You also consider the sociology of mediation and peace negotiations and the power relations and dynamics involved.

      In the second part of the module, you explore the desire to 'reconstruct' society in the aftermath of violent conflict. You critically assess 'truth acknowledging' exercises (such as truth commissions), and explore issues of memory and ways in which a psychologised 'nation' can be 'healed'. You contrast this with arguments in favour of 'retributive' exercises (such as international criminal tribunals and domestic trials).

      The module is structured as follows:

      1. 'Traditional' conflict resolution
      2. Re-traditionalising conflict resolution
      3. The international 'peacebuilding' discourse
      4. Memory and narrative in post-violence contexts
      5. Memorialisation
      6. 'Reconciliation' or 'co-existence'?
      7. 'Truth commissions'
      8. International criminal tribunals
      9. Case study 1; post-genocide Rwanda
      10. Case study 2; post-war Sierra Leone
      11. Case study 3; post-war Guatemala
      12. One-to-one term paper tutorials
    • Anthropology of Science and Technology

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

    • Childhood and Youth in Global Perspective; Rights, Protection and Justice

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module will explore legal and rights frameworks relating to children and young people with a particular emphasis on international conventions and perspectives. The first part of the module will involve an exploration of three areas of law: children's rights, child protection/welfare and youth justice/offending. 
      Explorations of these topics will include an examination of ideas of globalisation and post-colonial critiques where relevant. In the second part of the module case studies will be used to critically explore these issues in relation to practice with children and young people drawing upon examples from the developed and developing world.

      An indicative list of practice topics for exploration includes: 

      • Children/young people and work
      • Children and poverty
      • Children and homelessness
      • Children and criminal justice
      • Children and refugee status
      • Children and the family 

      The module will make connections between policy and practice approaches to children and youth in majority and minority worlds as well as linking themes such as migration, adoption and child trafficking. We will, however, pay particular attention to the specificities of work within a development context including an exploration of the practice issues asssociated with work in refugee camps and with street children.

    • Critical Debates in Environment and Development

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      The aim of this module is to gain familiarity with cutting edge debates linking environment and development. A subsidiary aim is to develop research skills and in particular to develop skills in establishing analytical frameworks and the use of evidence. You should think critically about cutting edge topics. Current research has questioned much of the mainstream analysis of environmental problems and their social causes that now informs development policy and practice. This research emerges from environmental history, anthropology, remote-sensing, geography and non-equilibrium ecology, and from methods reflecting different social values (eg taking a pro-poor or politically marginalised perspective). It forces us to expose relations between power, environmental knowledge and environmental policy. This module considers and evaluates these challenges. We explore their significance for understanding the relationship between poverty, environmental science and policy, and consider how these relations are changing given the globalisation of environmental science and policy. 

      Topics vary each year as different issues arise. Issues addressed by the module are currently: forest policy and REDD+; biofuels and the land grabs; neoliberal approaches and ecosystem services; conflict and environmental change; coastal hazards and pollution; biotechnology and food security; 9 billion people and the resource crunch; and low carbon technology.

    • Fair Trade, Ethical Business & New Moral Economies

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      Where and under what conditions are our T-shirts produced? How does Fair Trade impact on the livelihoods of small farmers in the Global South? Is Corporate Social Responsibility just a marketing ploy? Has ethics become only a matter of personal consumption behaviour?

      This module familiarises you with discourses and practices around ethics and engagement in the global economy. It covers some of the ways in which ethics in markets, trade and global production networks are phrased and expressed in the contemporary world, and explores what sorts of mobilisations have emerged in the light of new ethical concerns. You will explore the ways in which ethical issues within the sphere of the economy have long been articulated in terms of moral economy, philanthropic giving, and relationships of patronage and dependency.  The module goes on to discusses the contemporary shift towards global trade and production networks, and the ways in which this shift has produced new ethical concerns around economic behaviour.

      These concerns are increasingly (and differentially) expressed in terms of CSR, fair trade and ethical consumption. They also give rise to a series of engagements in terms of CSR interventions, ethical trade initiatives, civil society activism and critical consumption practices. You will assesses each of these initiatives from both a theoretical and an ethnographic perspective. You will also critically consider the implications of such engagements in terms of power, equality and gender, and the ways in which they emerge from and reproduce complex global interdependencies.

    • Knowledge, Power and Resistance

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module reflects the various ways in which power and knowledge interact within contexts of development and economic change. The module provides you with the conceptual apparatus to theorise notions of discourse, power and resistance, but also deals in depth with the historically and culturally contingent nature of the various meanings given to development, modernity and tradition, and how these in turn are linked to different forms of knowledge. As the module shows, narratives and counter narratives of development are not only produced by the developers and developees, but also by yourself and fellow students. They are also inextricable from relations of power.

    • Livelihoods, Inequalities and Rural Change

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module considers the impacts of globalisation on rural livelihoods. Attention is paid to the interconnectedness of the global, national and local levels in causing change in rural societies. We consider the influence of social relations on rural economic life and, conversely, the influence of rural economic life on social relations. The module explores the effects of population mobility and working for global markets on rural economic and social life, the future of agriculture and the role of non-agricultural activities for livelihoods.

    • Medical Anthropology: Cultural Understandings of Health and Healing

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      Medical knowledge, related practices and health-seeking are shaped by the social, political and cultural contexts in which they occur. This module draws upon theories, concepts, and approaches in medical anthropology to interrogate the concept of 'health' in its diverse formulations. The module considers how people integrate different types of medicine in their everyday lives. It examines 'health-seeking' in different medical traditions. 'The body' is used as an alternative framework for understanding medical pluralism, and the connections between experience, efficacy, and knowledge.

    • Migration, Inequality and Social Change

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module is primarily about migration for work in low-paid, low-status occupations. It lays emphasis on the connections between work migration and inequality and deliberately draws attention to the dynamic and contested social relations in which migrant experiences are embedded. The term 'work migration' is preferred to 'labour migration' here because it stresses the agency of the migrant. However, much of what we discuss as work migration is forced by economic compulsion and lack of alternative livelihoods. We focus as much on internal migration for work (for example within India and China) as we do on international migration. 

      Particular attention is paid to global economic change (including the current crisis) and its link with changes in workplace relations. We are also centrally concerned with structures of ideas and how they change, including gendered and racialised ideologies of work. We study work migration as integrated into processes of social change, both caused by and causing changing relations between ethnic groups, genders and generations. Throughout the course ethnographic studies are drawn on to bring out how migration is experienced by migrant workers themselves, relatives they may have left behind, employers in 'destination' areas and local workers. The final sessions consider both ways of reducing the vulnerability of migrant workers and the development of a more critical approach to migration policy analysis.

    • Poverty, Vulnerability and the Global Economy

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module examines the processes of impoverishment and marginalisation of children, youth and adults in development contexts. A principle focus in on what anthropology can tell us about processes of impoverishment and marginality in development contexts – a complex and highly contextual field. By considering detailed ethnographic accounts of peoples’ everyday lives, you will also interrogate how local preferences, priorities and values can be incorporated into development policy. Throughout the module you will explore these topics with reference to the development policies and practices that have been aimed at `the poor’, as well as the wider political economies of economic transformation in the contemporary world. Focussing upon local contexts, a central premise is that people’s everyday experiences of poverty and marginality have to be situated historically, as well as in terms of the micro-dynamics of economic, social and political relations.

    • Refugees, Displacement and Humanitarian Responses

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      The aim of this module is to gain knowledge and understanding of the complexity of forced migration issues in developing countries, and of the range of ideological and practical perspectives which inform policy concerning the reception and settlement of refugees, and the resolution of conflicts which give rise to forced migration flows. At the end of the course, you will be expected to have a conceptual and intellectual grasp of the principle components of the growing literature on forced migration and development, and specific understanding of the practical experience of, and lessons learnt from refugee assistance programmes over the past 50 years.

    • Religion, Culture and Identity

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

    • Sexuality and Development: Intimacies, Health and Rights in Global Perspective

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module explores sexualities in the context of global socio-economic changes and development practice. It brings together theoretical perspectives on sexual subjectivity with a range of applied concerns relating to health, activism and policy.

      In particular the module examines ways in which "dissident sexual subjects" have been imagined globally, often both included and marginalised in communities, in the state and internationally.

      Themes and issues include:

      • sexual subjectivities, intimate lives and global transformations
      • HIV and Aids through anthropology and policy
      • citizenship, economies and queer abandonment
      • sexuality, law and the state
      • UN agencies and (im)possible sexual subjects
      • sexualities in transition – trans-subjectivites, trans-bodies, trans-nationalisms
      • viral and virtual intimacies
      • sex work, sex, and work
      • working with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) on sexual rights and health
      • global dialogue, sexual rights, wellbeing and marginalisation.

      You will also look at concerns such as new imaginaries of sexual identity and subjectivity portrayed in the media, through new technology and via neoliberalism.

      The module will be taught through seminar-based readings and discussions, film analysis, reflexive class exercises and group presentations.

      You'll draw widely on literature from anthropology and the social sciences, comparing theoretical perspectives on sexuality with more practice-based literature, such as reports by UN agencies, NGOs and so on.

      The aim will be explore, contest and consider differing modes of engaging with sexualities on a global scale – as academics, health practioners, activists and so forth.

    • The Global Governance of Education and Conflict

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      The module seeks to critically examine cutting-edge issues related to educational governance, policy-making and planning in low- and middle-income contexts. Each academic year three or four key issues will be selected, based on current developments in the field of education and international development.

      Issues such as the global governance of education in conflict-affected states, public-private partnerships in education, governing teachers, and NGOs and the global governance of education will be selected and taught as a block of two to three sessions. Each block will provide participants with a comprehensive reading list on the topic, discussion and debate on the core questions raised by the selected issue, and a possible final essay question that participants can select.

    • Transnationalism, Diaspora and Migrants' Lives

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

    • Dissertation with Placement (Global Studies)

      45 credits
      Summer Teaching, Year 1

      This module is designed to allow you to apply theories and concepts, as well as practical and research skills learned during the MA programme, to a work context in the UK or internationally. It takes the form of a 12-week work placement with an organisation working in a field relevant to the degree programme, normally undertaken from May-July after assessments on other courses are completed.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above in the social or natural sciences. Applicants with other degrees or relevant practical work experience will also be considered.

English language requirements

Standard level (IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section)

Find out about other English language qualifications we accept.

English language support

Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.

Additional information for international students

We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our Masters courses.

Pre-Masters in International Relations and International Development

Need to boost your academic skills for your taught course? Find out more about our Pre-Masters in International Relations and International Development.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?


Home: £7,700 per year

EU: £7,700 per year

Channel Islands and Isle of Man: £7,700 per year

Overseas: £15,100 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

Borrow up to £10,280 to contribute to your postgraduate study.

Find out more about Postgraduate Masters Loans


Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor’s Masters Scholarship (2017)

Open to students with a 1st class from a UK university or excellent grades from an EU university and offered a F/T place on a Sussex Masters in 2017

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Chancellor’s Masters Scholarship

Sussex Graduate Scholarship (2017)

Open to Sussex students who graduate with a first or upper second-class degree and offered a full-time place on a Sussex Masters course in 2017

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Graduate Scholarship

Sussex India Scholarships (2017)

Sussex India Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from India commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex India Scholarships

Sussex Malaysia Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Malaysia Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from Malaysia commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Malaysia Scholarships

Sussex Nigeria Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Nigeria Scholarships are worth £3,500 or £5,000 and are for overseas fee paying students from Nigeria commencing a Masters in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Nigeria Scholarships

Sussex Pakistan Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Pakistan Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from Pakistan commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

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Within the School of Global Studies there is a close academic collaboration between departments and interdisciplinary research centres.

Our faculty and students are members of:

  • Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies
  • Centre for World Environmental History
  • Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies
  • Centre for Cultures of Reproduction, Health and Technologies
  • Africa Centre
  • Asia Centre
  • Sussex Centre for Migration Research
  • Sussex Centre for Photography and Visual Culture
  • Centre for Security and Conflict Research Centre for Global Political Economy
  • Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence.

  • Faculty profiles

    Dr Andreas Antoniades
    Senior Lecturer

    Research interests: debt, discourse theory, Emerging Markets, emerging powers, european political economy, eurozone, Everyday Life, global economic crisis, globalisation, Greece, hegemony, International political economy, Ireland, Michel Foucault, varieties of capitalism

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    Dr Paul Boyce
    Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and Inteal Development

    Research interests: Anthropology and Queer Theory in India, Anthropology of Sexualities, Anthropology of the Body, Applied Anthropology, Bioavailability, HIV prevention research, International Development, Intimacy, Male and Transgender Sex Work, Male Sex work in SE Africa, Psycho-social and Psychoanalytic perspectives in Anthropology, Queer and Transgender Representation, Queer Theory, Sexual and gendered subjectivities, Sexuality and Law in Nepal, Visual Anthropology and Media

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    Dr Grace Carswell
    Reader in Human Geography

    Research interests: Land Use

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    Prof Andrea Cornwall
    Professor of Anthropology and International Development

    Research interests: Brazil, democratisation, Empowerment, gender and development, Gender and Sexuality, Nigeria, participation, public engagement, Public health

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    Dr Vinita Damodaran
    Professor of South Asian History

    Research interests: Climate change, Energy, environmental history, Global history, indigenous peoples, Mining, South Asian history

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    Dr Geert De Neve
    Professor of Social Anthropology & SouthAsian Studies

    Research interests: Anthropology of Development, anthropology of South Asia, Anthropology of the Global Economy, Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethical Trade, India, Poverty and inequality, Social Protection, Social transformation, Tamil Nadu

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    Dr Nigel Eltringham
    Senior Lecturer in Anthropology

    Research interests: Africa, Conflict and violence, ethnicity, Film, Genocide, Human Rights, international criminal court, International Criminal Law, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Political violence, Post conflict reconstruction, Rwanda, Transitional justice

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    Prof James Fairhead
    Professor of Social Anthropology

    Research interests: Ebola, Environmental Anthropology, Green Economy, Health, Historical Anthropology, International Development, New Guinea, West Africa

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    Dr Anne-Meike Fechter
    Reader in Anthropology

    Research interests: Aid, Aid Workers, Cambodia, childhood and youth, Development, Expatriates, gender, Indonesia, Migration, Mobility, Morality and Ethics, southeast asia, Transnationalism

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    Prof Elizabeth Harrison
    Professor of Anthropology and International Development

    Research interests: Anthropology and ethnography, Anti-corruption, community, gender, International Development, Irrigation, Moralities, Natural Resource Management, Participation and engagement, Political anthropology, Sub-Saharan Africa, United Kingdom

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    Dr Pamela Kea
    Senior Lecturer In Anthropology

    Research interests: Anthropology of West Africa, Asylum and FGM, childhood and youth, Decolonial critique and the arts, Feminist theory, gender, Home-making practices, Intimacy and transnational kinship relations, Migration and Mobility, Postcolonial/Decolonial theory, race and ethnicity, The aesthetics of migration, The household moral economy, Transnational networks and subjectivities, Visual and Material Culture

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    Dr Evan Killick
    Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and International Development

    Research interests: Amazonia, Climate & Climate Change, Conservation, Development studies, ethnography, Friendship, indigenous peoples, International Development, Kinship, Latin America, REDD

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    Prof Dominic Kniveton
    Professor of Climate Science & Society

    Research interests: Africa, Climate change, Development, Migration, South Asia

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    Dr Mark Leopold
    Lecturer in Social Anthropology

    Research interests: Anthropology and espionage, Anthropology and Literature, Biography, Borders, Conflict and violence, Embodiment, Forced migration, History, History of Anthropology, Masculinities, north east Africa, Peacemaking, Political anthropology, psychoanalysis, South Sudan, Uganda

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    Prof Alan Lester
    Professor of Historical Geography

    Research interests: apartheid, British Empire, Colonialism, Humanitarianism, indigenous peoples, Settler Colonies

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    Dr Julie Litchfield
    Senior Lecturer in Economics

    Research interests: Applied Economics, Conflict and violence, Development Economics, Migration, Poverty

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    Dr Peter Luetchford
    Senior Lecturer in Anthropology

    Research interests: Coffee producers and cooperatives, Economic anthropology, ethical consumption, food politics, Latin America, Organic farming, Political anthropology, Spain, The moral economy

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    Dr Kamran Matin
    Senior Lecturer

    Research interests: Diplomacy & International Relations, Eurocentrism, International historical sociology, International theory, Iranian Studies, Kurdish Studies, Marxism, Middle East and African history, Nationalism, political Islam

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    Dr Lyndsay Mclean Hilker
    Lecturer in Anthropology and International Development

    Research interests: Africa, Anthropology and ethnography, Anthropology of Development, Development Practice, DRC, ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality, gender-based violence, identity-based conflict, reconciliation, Rwanda, Social transformation, Violence, youth and violence

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    Prof Peter Newell
    Professor of International Relations

    Research interests: Climate change, Energy, Finance

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    Dr David Ockwell
    Reader in Geography

    Research interests: Climate change, Climate change mitigation, climate policy, Energy, Energy and climate policy, energy policy, Energy transitions, Innovation Policy, International Development, Sustainable energy production

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    Prof Filippo Osella
    Professor Of Anthropology And South Asian Studies

    Research interests: anthropology of gender and masculinity, anthropology of Islam and Hinduism, anthropology of migration, anthropology of South Asia, anthropology of trade and entrepreneurship, charity & philanthropy, Economic anthropology, India, Pakistan, Persian/Arab Gulf GCC countries, Sri Lanka

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    Dr Fabio Petito
    Senior Lecturer in International Relations

    Research interests: civilizational analysis, comparative political theory, Contemporary Religion, Geopolitics, Italian Studies, Mediterranean Politics, religion and international relations

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    Dr Rebecca Prentice
    Senior Lecturer in Anthropology

    Research interests: Development studies, Economic anthropology, Embodiment, Ethnographic Methods, Garment industry, gender, Health, Health and Safety, Human Rights, Labour relations, labour rights, medical anthropology, Neoliberal subjectivities, precariousness, Skill and craft, West Indies

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    Dr Dinah Rajak
    Reader in Anthropology and International Development

    Research interests: anthropology of global capitalism, Anthropology of markets, Bottom of the pyramid enterprise, Conflict and resources, Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethical Trade, Economic anthropology, Entrepreneurship, HIV/Aids, mining and extractive industries, Moral economies, private sector development, South and Southern Africa, Transnational corporations

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    Prof Ben Rogaly
    Professor of Human Geography

    Research interests: class, community, employment in agriculture and food, Identity, labour geography, migration studies, place, race and racism, social geography, work migration

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    Dr Pedram Rowhani
    Senior Lecturer in Geography

    Research interests: Climate Impact, Food Security, GIS Mapping, Land Cover Change, Land Use Change, Remote Sensing & Earth Observation

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    Prof Jan Selby
    Professor of International Relations

    Research interests: environmental security, Israel-Palestine, Peace processes

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    Prof Benjamin Selwyn
    Professor of International Relations and International Development

    Research interests: Theories of development

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    Dr Anna Stavrianakis
    Senior Lecturer in International Relations

    Research interests: arms control, arms trade, militarisation, militarism, War and violence in international politics

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    Prof Maya Unnithan
    Professor Of Social And Medical Anthropology

    Research interests: caste and kinship, childbirth and infertility, gender and development, health and migration, human rights and reproductive health, maternal health inequalities, reproductive technologies, Social anthropology

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You’ll be qualified to work in government, community and international development organisations across the world.

Some of our recent graduates are employed by:

  • the UNHCR
  • Shelter for Life
  • a consultant for the Colombian government.

Throughout the course we focus on developing both your academic and practical skills – including analytical, writing and presentation skills.

You’ll also gain a thorough understanding of social science research methods and gain independent research skills.

Graduate destinations

93% of students from the School of Global Studies were in work or further study six months after graduating. Recent Department of International Development students have gone on to roles including:

  • research consultant, Social Development Direct
  • development and funding advisor, Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development (ACORD)
  • head of conference production, Climate Action.

(EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015 for postgraduates)

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

“My dissertation thesis sparked an interest in pursuing further field research into the postsocialist and postconflict socioeconomic transition in Bosnia and Herzegovina.” Dejana MekanicSocial Development MA