Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

Centre for Global Development: Summer School - ‘Understanding Development: Interdisciplinary Perspectives’

23 June 2014 - 26 June 2014 | Training Course

Find out more about the Summer School on the Centre for Global Development site.

If you want to change the world you need to understand it. This is particularly important in the field of International Development. That is why the Centre for Global Development has decided to run its 2014 Summer School with the theme ‘Understanding Development: Interdisciplinary Perspectives’. We invite you to take part in this exciting four days programme that covers key development themes and looks at them from various disciplinary angles in order to learn about and discuss how different analytical lenses shape our way of seeing ‘the problem’ and ‘the solution’ to particular development issues. 

As participants of our Summer School you will take part in small-size interactive lectures and workshops, taught by key experts in various fields of International Development, drawn from different Departments and Faculties at the University of Leeds. Via interactions with our staff/experts and your fellow students, you will deepen your capabilities and skills related to critical thinking and analysis, research, group work, and communication. All learning will take place in a friendly and stimulating atmosphere.

The summer school is targeted at individuals who are interested in development, thinking about doing a degree in international development, or are thinking about career change towards a field in international development.

Students will be awarded a certificate of completion.



  • Poverty and inequalities, Dr Jorg Wiegratz, School of Politics and International Studies; and Dr Gaston Yalonetzky, Leeds University Business School
  • Sustainable and urban development, Dr Susannah Sallu, School of Earth and Environment; and Professor Gary Dymski, Leeds University Business School
  • Water scarcity and social responsibility, Dr Jon Lovett, School of Geography; and Anne Tallontire, School of Earth and Environment
  • Human rights, social movements and power, Professor Jane Plastow, School of English; and Professor Paul Routledge

In addition to the above interactive lectures and workshops, the summer school will include:

  • Panel discussion on Development Alternatives
  • Practice oriented workshop run by the Researchers in Development Network (RiDNet);
  • Film screening and discussion on farmers’ uprising in Tunisia and Egypt
  • Influential keynote speakers
  • Practical workshops for participants



To apply for the summer school, please contact Egle Cesnulyte. The early bird registration will last till 28 April 2014, after that the full fees will apply. Early bird registration for University of Leeds students is £295*, for everyone else - £345; the full fee for University of Leeds students is £350*, for everyone else £400. The fee covers tuition fee, course material, lunches, tea/coffee/snacks, the summer school diner and all course related costs. Accommodation and travel costs are not included.

*  University of Leeds undergraduate students are encouraged to apply for Leeds for Life which can cover up to £200 of your summer school fee.

** Two scholarships are available covering cost of tuition.  If you are interested in being considered for a scholarship please send a personal statement (500 words maximum) explaining why you want to attend the summer school, and how you think you will benefit from it, along with your CV and contact information. 

The deadline for scholarship applications is 14 April 2014.

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