International Development

The University of Manchester has been at the forefront of development studies for over 60 years.

The Global Development Institute (GDI) continues the commitment to addressing global poverty and inequality. We’re the largest dedicated development research and teaching institute in Europe, led jointly by Professors Diana Mitlin and David Hulme. The results of the most recent Research Excellence Framework ranked GDI first for impact ranking in Development Studies in the UK, with many of our researchers deemed to be 'world leading'.

Within GDI, the Rory and Elizabeth Brooks Doctoral College is the first of its kind to focus on postgraduate research of international development. The College enhances engagement between postgraduate researchers and GDI academic staff to encourage innovation and collaboration in research and teaching. It provides opportunities for PhD researchers to obtain bespoke support, enabling them to become the next generation of academics, leaders and policymakers.

GDI’s core strategic research strengths lie in four programmatic themes. These are:


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