The Global Development Institute provides PhD researchers with the opportunity to study a wide variety of exciting topics in global development.
Admission to studying for a PhD is highly competitive, so please allow as much time as possible to prepare your application, browse our research pages and academics' profiles, and familiarise yourself with the application process and any important deadlines.
Many of the scholarships have early deadlines so if you are looking for funding you are advised to apply early.
Your completed application should include:
- two references, one of which should be familiar with your academic work, on headed paper from the institution, signed, dated and stamped;
- a degree certificate and transcript for your bachelor's and master's degrees;
- a research proposal;
- evidence of your English language proficiency;
- a personal statement outlining your reasons for wishing to study on the programme, and the experience and skills you will bring;
- a detailed CV.
Finding a supervisor
Your supervisor will be an important part of your PhD programme. It's a close relationship over many years, through which you develop your ideas, skills, thinking and research. As a result, your supervisor's research interests need to closely align with yours. PhD study is structured through the PhD Supervisory Framework and PhD researchers are part of the Rory and Elizabeth Brooks Doctoral College.
If you aren't applying for a specific project, you'll need to find potential supervisors who will support your research. Details on recent publications, ongoing projects and particular research interests are all available on our academics' profiles.
It is important to approach academics who complement your research interests before you apply.
Most potential supervisors will also be happy to provide pre-submission feedback on a well-developed draft proposal that closely matches their research expertise. For more guidance, see How to write a research proposal.
Potential PhD supervisors
The following researchers are currently available to supervise PhD students.
Digital technologies have the potential to catalyse development, but they can also accentuate inequality and fuel injustice.
- Dr Richard Duncombe - Lecturer, Information Systems and Development
- Prof Richard Heeks - Professor, Development Informatics
- Dr Gindo Tampubolon - Lecturer, Poverty, Inequality and Growth
- Dr Jaco Renken - Lecturer, Information and Communication Technology for Development
Migration, refugees and asylum
The contemporary world is characterised by a high degree of mobility, making people on the move important political and developmental actors.
- Dr Oliver Bakewell - Senior Lecturer, Migration Studies
- Dr Tanja Bastia - Senior Lecturer, International Development
- Prof Uma Kothari - Professor, Migration and Postcolonial Studies
- Dr Tanja Müller - Reader in Development Studies; Convenor Manchester Migration Lab
Global urban futures
The geography of many cities is characterised by inequality, segregation and fragmentation, with concentrations of poverty and wealth in close proximity.
- Dr Nicola Banks - Lecturer, International Development: Urban Development and Global Urbanism
- Dr Tom Gillespie - Lecturer, Poverty, Inequality & Pro-Poor Politics
- Prof Diana Mitlin - Professor, Global Urbanism, Director of Global Urban Research Centre
- Dr Seth Schindler - Senior Lecturer, Urban Development and Urban Transformation
Growth and distribution
Poverty and inequality are at the heart of the link between growth and distribution and their alleviation depends on effective political and governance mechanisms.
- Dr Ralitza Dimova - Senior Lecturer, Development Economics
- Dr David Lawson - Senior Lecturer, Development Economics and Public Policy
- Dr Osman Ouattara - Senior Lecturer, Development Economics and Public Policy
- Dr Antonio Savoia - Senior Lecturer, Development Economics
- Dr Yin-Fang Zhang - Lecturer, Development Economics
Politics, governance and management
Building more effective and inclusive institutions that can deliver development is one of the most significant challenges in the Global South.
- Dr Kelechi Ekuma - Lecturer, Governance and Development Leadership
- Dr Ping Gao - Lecturer, Information Systems
- Dr Farhad Hossain - Senior Lecturer
- Dr Shirley Jenner - Lecturer, Human Resource Management
- Prof Aminu Mamman - Professor in Management and International Development
- Dr Chris Rees - Senior Lecturer, Human Resources and Organisational Change
- Dr Kate Rowlands - Senior Lecturer, Human Resource Management
Global production networks, trade and labour
Global production is undergoing a significant evolution, with more polycentric trade, new technologies, and the challenges of sustainable development.
- Prof Stephanie Barrientos - Professor of Global Development
- Dr Chris Foster - Presidential Fellow
- Dr Rory Horner - Senior Lecturer in Globalisation and Political Economy
- Prof Khalid Nadvi - Professor, International Development
Agrarian change and political ecology
Ending extreme poverty and hunger requires a transformation of agricultural production systems and linkages to the rest of the economy.
- Prof Bina Agarwal - Professor, Development Economics and Environment
- Dr Admos Chimhowu - Senior Lecturer, International Development
- Dr Tomas Frederiksen - Lecturer, International Development
- Dr Tom Lavers - Lecturer, Politics, Governance and Management
- Dr Johan Oldekop - Senior Lecturer in Environment and Development