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Global Development Institute

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Research

The Global Development Institute produces and co-produces research that extends knowledge frontiers and we’re driven by the desire to advance social justice on a global scale.

We achieve this by conducting world-class, interdisciplinary, research that critically and rigorously advances development theory. We work closely with a wide range of researchers from the global South. This includes longstanding relations that reach over many decades alongside new relationship with emerging scholars.

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Brooks Doctoral College

The Rory and Elizabeth Brooks Doctoral College is the first of its kind to focus on postgraduate research of international development.

We recognise that knowledge takes many forms and, that processes of knowledge generation outside of the academy are as important as orthodox academic research.

As a consequence, GDI partners with a range of knowledge generators to explore and develop modalities for the co-production of knowledge that addresses its mission. This entails work at the global, regional, national and local levels but the Institute particularly values knowledge partnerships with those who are the most disadvantaged and marginalized.

We believe that collaborative work based on dialogue, honesty, reflexivity and a willingness to seek understanding should be the basis of our engagement with partners.