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Global Development Institute

PhD supervisors

In the GDI we provide our PhD students with the opportunity to pursue research in a wide variety of exciting topics in global development.

All PhDs within the Rory and Elizabeth Brooks Doctoral College will be supervised by and consult with internationally recognised academics in your chosen field of research. We are fortunate to host several research centres with exceptional academics who are active in research of international significance that addresses the challenges to improving human, societal and environmental conditions.

PhD supervisor profiles

Research at the Global Development Institute is focused around four themes. Each theme boasts world-class researchers, find out more about some of our our PhD supervisors (you can find a full list of GDI staff here):

Growth, inequality and poverty

We push forward the frontiers of research about the interactions of growth, inequality and poverty.


21st century globalisation and development

Our research recognises the multi-faceted nature of contemporary globalisation.


Politics, governance and management

Building more effective and inclusive institutions and political systems that are capable of delivering development.


Environmental, urban and agrarian change

Significant changes are occurring in the relationships between urban and rural areas, particularly when combined with the increasing impact of climate change. 


Our research

The combined field experience of our staff covers over 60 countries in Asia, Africa, Central and South America and the Pacific. Much of this experience has been gained from working with national and international agencies where the focus has been on finding workable solutions to development problems and strengthening institutional capacities.

Our research activities address four major themes of development policy and practice including;