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Global Development Institute

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PhD opportunities

Candidates pursuing research degrees at GDI are part of the Rory and Elizabeth Brooks Doctoral College, a multidisciplinary research community.

The Brooks Doctoral College aspires to be a world-class community of doctoral researchers contributing to socially just global development through the research of its members and their progression into leadership roles in public, private and civic institutions. Within the vibrant research environment which GDI offers, candidates will have access to:

  • a wide range of specialists conducting cutting-edge research in international development;
  • superb library and computer facilities;
  • and an ever-growing diversity of  lectures, seminars and masterclasses presented by staff, visiting speakers and postgraduate researchers.

The results of the most recent Research Excellence Framework ranked GDI first for impact in Development Studies in the UK, with many of our researchers deemed to be 'world leading'. 

Our research is driven by the academic and policy-oriented activities of individual researchers. GDI’s contributions are centred around four research themes:

Our four research themes are operationalised through the activities of multidisciplinary clusters of staff and postgraduate researchers, including the following research groupings:

Student Enquiries:

If you are either a current or former postgraduate research student and have any queries please: