Department of Development Studies
At the Department of Development Studies we offer a range of exciting degree programmes on-campus and online, at BA, MSc and PhD levels.
Our degrees are inter-disciplinary, combining political-economy, politics, anthropology, and history approaches to analyse processes of development in different contexts around the world.
Our academic staff create an intellectually engaged and challenging space across the many branches of international development and humanitarianism that make up Development Studies. They specialise in a range of thematic areas including sustainability and climate change, migration and displacement, conflict, humanitarian action, labour, political ecology, and aid and institutions.
Combined with exceptional resources and our interdisciplinary approach, we offer a unique learning and research opportunity for our diverse and vibrant student community
Meet the academics
Welcome to the Department of Development Studies. We are a department of 28 academics and hundreds of students, and our community of alumni, colleagues and friends is global. Development Studies is a live and evolving discipline, and our students and staff are challenged to refine our theoretical and practical understanding of why change happens, how power is exercised and in what ways inequalities can be explained and confronted.
London International Development Centre Migration Leadership Team
Developing a shared and participatory global strategy for identifying and supporting migration research.
Research and Evidence Facility: Informing migration policy in the Horn of Africa
Collating and producing evidence and policy relevant knowledge to generate a better understanding of the drivers of instability, migration, and displacement in the greater Horn of Africa, and the dynamics of cross-border economies and centre/periphery relations.
Drugs & (dis)order
A SOAS-led consortium researching into the role of illicit drug economies in conflict-affected borderlands of Afghanistan, Colombia and Myanmar.
The AGRUMIG project: "Leaving something behind"
Studying comparatively the impact of large-scale labour out-migration on agricultural and rural change in seven countries (Morocco, Ethiopia, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Thailand, PR China) to inform regionally specific combinations of rural development and migration policies.
Industrial Development, Construction and Employment in Africa (IDCEA): A comparative analysis
Exploring evidence on the employment effects of firms investing in manufacturing and building infrastructure in African economies.