School of Politics and International Studies

Global Development and Justice

Our research 

Research into global development at the School of Political and International Studies concentrates upon the issues of entitlements, rights, responses and resistance in the study of global poverty and inequality.

Our internationally-renowned academics represent a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds and research expertise. A major strength of this research work is its inter-disciplinary nature; academics from across the University employ their specialist knowledge to research work in this area.

We also boast two well-established research centres: the Centre for Global Development and the Centre for African Studies. These centres highlight and promote our cross-disciplinary approach, and aim to explore and advance global development issues.

We undertake research, advisory and consultancy work in many specialist fields. From rural livelihoods, gender and land reform to resource distribution, religion and community financial services, our international development research spans the social, economic, political, cultural, financial and environmental aspects of development issues and development policy.

Our research centres are also very active, and hold many seminars, events and conferences throughout the year with high profile international speakers. Our seminars are often open to all, so if you are interested in learning more about our research, please come along to the next open event.

Study with us

Our well-regarded and flexible Masters programmes provide a high quality and challenging study experience. We offer a range of research-led taught postgraduate programmes that combine our development expertise with other social science, science and humanities disciplines.

As well as merging economic, political and sociological thinking to approach development studies in a fresh and invigorated way, we also provide avenues for students to consider gender, health, education, business and area studies in their exploration of development issues.

Global development research specialists also currently supervise over twenty postgraduate research students: half of whom hold ESRC, ORS and British Council awards.

International postgraduate recruitment into our school is significant; over fifty per cent of postgraduate students are students from overseas, and their presence brings differing insights, perspectives and experiences of global issues into the ethos of our school.


Centre for Global Development

The centre promotes academic excellence through generating knowledge on development issues in low income countries and pursuing collaborative research with institutions in the developing world.

Centre for African Studies

The centre brings together people of different disciplinary backgrounds that share research interests in Africa, and promotes African studies in the University and city of Leeds.



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