Development Studies With Reference to Emerging Economies (MPhil / PhD) DID
King’s International Development Institute (IDI) A growing number of middle-income countries challenge conventional understandings of development. Much is to be learned from the experiences of the processes of change in these different nations, societies, and economies. Our supervisors accept original projects that explore how development processes occur in different ways and at different scales and levels, from global to local to familial. Topics have ranged from how to break away from primary exports and into producing value added products to the challenges for effective, equitable and transparency governance, state and market entanglements in health, equitable development of business groups, policy development for inclusive growth, and questions of gender justice.
The work of our doctoral students seeks to understand theoretical, empirical or methodological gaps in their chosen area. Students will join one of our three research groups (Poverty, Inequality & Inclusive Growth; Social Justice; Political Economy & Institutions) and are expected to play an active role in that community of interest. Under the guidance of their supervisor each student is encouraged to acquire disciplinary training relevant to their research question, but also to develop an enquiring appreciation of what other disciplines may bring to their field of study. Staff expertise includes political science, development economics, political economy, sociology, anthropology, management studies and development studies. King's College London is a member of the ESRC funded Doctoral Training Partnership which offers a range of training opportunities for our Doctoral students. There are some opportunities for registered PhD students to gain experience as paid teaching assistants on our BA International Development programme.
Duration: 3-4 years f/t or 6-7 years p/t
King’s International Development Institute (IDI), United Kingdom
PhD Program in Development Studies (PDED)
Centro de Estudos sobre Africa e do Desenvolvimento (CeSA) The PhD in Development Studies is a 3rd cycle program of studies that aims to provide high quality training and produce original research in the area of Development Studies, a field of interdisciplinary research of the process of economic, social and political changes in modern societies. This PhD program was created in 2009 and accredited by the national agency A3ES in 2015. After 2017/18 this program became a joint PhD of ISEG (School of Economics and Management), ICS (Institute of Social Sciences), IGOT (Institute of Geographic and Spatial Planning) and ISA (School of Agriculture) of Universidade de Lisboa, with some changes in its content, recently approved by the national agency A3ES. This programme is lectured in English, but it will offer tutorials both in English and in Portuguese. The PhD thesis may be written in Portuguese or in English.
What kind of themes can I study in the Program?
Research themes for the doctoral thesis and course units are grounded in a broad range of issues related to the development of contemporary societies and its methodological variables and analytical tools. The emphasis is on agriculture and contemporary agrarian transformation; poverty, inequality and equity issues; development economics and aid finance; development cooperation, policy and political issues; geography and urbanization; migration and gender; security- development nexus; sustainable consumption, food production and ecosystem services; and modernity theoretical challenges to development.
These themes are explored in our PhD programme through course units related to the development of contemporary societies, including: theories of development and modernity, the policy and politics of development, sustainability transitions and a focus on urban development. As a Development Studies programme, interdisciplinary links are established between economics, sociology, geography, social and economic history,
Centro de Estudos sobre Africa e do Desenvolvimento (CeSA), Portugal
PhD in Anthropology and Sociology IHEID
Graduate Institute (IHEID) Within international and development studies, anthropology and sociology are indispensable for the comparative study of global concerns in both margins and centres of power, and across their boundaries. The PhD in Anthropology and Sociology aims to provide students with theoretical perspectives and methodological tools to explore the social and cultural systems that influence, and are influenced by, policy interventions, especially – but not exclusively – in the field of development and international affairs.
Our four-year doctoral program is tailored for students with a strong commitment to anthropology and sociology and a demonstrated capacity for independent research work. Through the foundational doctoral seminar, a weekly departmental seminar series, and further opportunities to participate in cross-departmental colloquia, we offer a vibrant and welcoming intellectual community for PhD students.
Graduate Institute (IHEID), Switzerland
PhD Programme in Development Studies
Institute of Development Policy and Management, University of Antwerp (IOB) The Institute of Development Policy (IOB ) offers a multi-disciplinary Doctoral Programme, leading to a PhD in Development Studies administered by IOB and granted by the University of Antwerp. It in addition cooperates with the Faculty of Applied Economic Sciences (FAES) and the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences (FPSC) at the university of Antwerp to offer disciplinary PhD programmes in the field of development. The IOB PhD programme is related to the research agenda of IOB. Inevitably, IOB can only offer high quality guidance to a limited number of PhD-students and therefore adheres to a strict policy in considering and accepting applications.
Many PhD students have institutional links with IOB (e.g. as an alumnus of an IOB Master programme or as a researcher from a partner institute, or as a collaborator of a development agency that has commissioned research from IOB), and are invited to join the research team on this basis. IOB will however also consider applications from other candidates provided they have already secured the (self)finance for their PhD and provided they convince us that their research project fits with the research agenda of a senior staff member of IOB. From this it follows that spontaneous applications from students without previous relation to the IOB and without funding and the approval of an IOB supervisor for their PhD project will not be considered.
Institute of Development Policy, University of Antwerp (IOB), Belgium
Dual Career Training Programme to Obtain a PhD in Governance and Policy Analysis (GPAC²)
United Nations University, Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT) Combining a PhD degree with a full-time job? The Dual Career Training Programme to obtain a PhD in Governance and Policy Analysis (GPAC²) offers a programme that supports the ambitions and intensifies the research and analytical skills of fellows. The training programme invites GPAC² fellows to join the stimulating and challenging research community of UNU-MERIT and its School of Governance.
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.
United Nations University, Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT), Netherlands
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