GPAC² meets the needs and availability of working professionals and researchers with full- or part-time jobs, allowing them to combine their careers with obtaining a PhD. The programme is designed to provide advanced training in the theory and skills crucial to policy analysis and design. The research that participants will focus on fits into one of the School’s research themes. The key lecturers of the programme are leading scholars in the field of policy analysis and the related areas like governance, social protection, migration, growth and development, technology and innovation.
The Dual Career Training Programme to obtain a PhD in Governance and Policy Analysis (GPAC²) is taught in English and consists of a first year with three training workshops, followed by two progress workshops a year. The GPAC² programme programme in year one can be taken with a focus on Governance and Policy Analysis or with a focus on the Economics of Technology, Innovation and Development. Basic courses in year one are similar, specialization courses are different between tracks. All programme requirements are identical in the tracks.
PhD; Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Brighton IDS offers a programme of supervised study leading to a DPhil in areas of research closely related to its current priorities. Because of this focus, the programme is small and applicants are assessed both on their academic credentials and on the relevance of their proposed research to the work of one or more IDS Fellows. Close working relationships are fostered between DPhil students, their supervisors and Fellows working in the same area, in order to enhance the quality of students' DPhil education.
The IDS research agenda encompasses many of today's most important development challenges. The research programmes are organised in five closely linked multidisciplinary teams, and a growing number of international, multi-partner research projects are hosted at the Institute. The five research teams are:
Globalisation: focusing on the dynamics of the global environment in which the private sector investment and growth necessary for poverty reduction are situated.
Governance: focusing on the politics of state engagement and public action in developing countries.
Knowledge, Technology and Society: exploring how science and technology can improve the livelihoods and well-being of poor people, and to promote greater social justice.
Participation, Power and Social Change: looking at how and where participation by citizens can make a difference to questions of social justice and development.
Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction: improving the understanding of vulnerability, and designing effective means of addressing it, as a central component of poverty reduction.