King’s International Development Institute (IDI) The Department of International Development (DID) at King's has a different agenda to traditional development studies in the UK and wider afield. It specifically focuses on 'emerging economies,' both to explore the sources of their success as well as understand the major development challenges they continue to face. These fast growing and changing societies raise new questions about the global economy, national development and promoting sustainable and equitable growth.
Research at the department seeks to explore critical perspectives on economic growth, modernisation and ‘progress’ and to do so by exploring context-specific economic, social and political change in these countries rather than applying prescriptive models of development.
We have three research groups: - Political Economy & Institutions Poverty, - Inequality & Inclusive Growth - Social Justice
Research expertise spans political science, sociology, social anthropology, development economics, history, geography and management. We have strong regional expertise and collaborations in Latin America and SE Asia, in China and India. The African Leadership Centre hosted by DID brings unique connections with the African continent and offers a separate programme in Leadership Studies with reference to Security and Development.
Duration: 3-4 years f/t or 6-7 years p/t Study mode: Full-time, Part-time
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.