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Global Development Institute


The Global Development Institute benefits from the inspiring leadership of Professors David Hulme and Diana Mitlin.

Both David and Diana are internationally recognised in their fields and with more than 55 years’ experience in international development between them.

International reach

David and Diana are supported by over 45 staff members, coming from five continents and 18 different countries. We have up to 100 PhD students from across disciplines and a network of associates within the University and around the world.

Staff list

Find out more about our staff and visit their profile pages for further information. A number of our researchers offer PhD supervision, find out more about some of our PhD supervisors

Academic staff

Teaching and research associates

  • Dr Fortunate Machingura - Global Challenge Research Fund Postdoctoral Fellowship 
  • Dr Eleni Sifaki - Research Associate
  • Dr Lujia Feng - Senior Tutor in MGD.
  • Dr Martin M Gazimbi - Research Fellow
  • Dr Roshan Adhikari - Research Associate, FutureDAMS
  • Dr Barnaby Dye - Research Associate, FutureDAMS
  • Dr Pon Souvannaseng- Research Associate, FutureDAMS

Professional Support Services staff

  • Kat Bethell - Research Administrative Assistant, Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre
  • Julia Brunt - Programme Manager, Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre
  • Clare Degenhardt - Editorial Administrator, Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre
  • Katherine Hall - Project Manager
  • Peter Jacobs - PGT Programme Administrator (Social Development and Human Resource Development programmes)
  • Chris Jordan - Communications and Impact Manager
  • Emma Kelly - Digital Communications Officer 
  • Rowena Harding - Research Communications Officer
  • Kerry Mccann - Institute Manager
  • Julie Rafferty - Finance Administrator
  • Adam Randon - Programme Manager, Future DAMS
  • Kate Robinson – Senior Programmes Officer (Applied and Distance Learning) GDI Distance Learning Programmes
  • James Starr – PGT Programme Administrator (Development Informatics Group and Management, Governance and Development programmes & Development Economics & Public Policy programme)
  • Shirley Thomasson - Departmental Support Administrator
  • Anna Webster - Communications and Uptake Manager, Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre

Honorary and visiting fellows

View a list of our honorary and visiting fellows:

Current PhD students

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