About Development Studies

We were placed 41st in the world for Development Studies in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018.

Opportunities in Development Studies

You can take both theoretical and applied approaches to Development Studies. The theoretical approach seeks to understand why and how societies, regions and communities change to improve quality of life. The more applied focus is on how governments, NGOs, international donors and other development agents can facilitate such change.

We provide a supportive environment for open, critical debate of leading development issues. You will be encouraged to design your own interdisciplinary course of study to suit your personal interests and career goals.

In 2015 a group of ten postgraduate students travelled to Southeast Asia to learn about the complexity of post-disaster recovery processes in different cultural, political and economic contexts. You can read about their experiences here.

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Development Studies staff and research

The postgraduate programme in Development Studies is supported by core staff within the discipline, supplemented by the expertise of staff throughout the Faculty of Arts and the University.

We have a wide range of research projects encompassing Asia and the Pacific, the Americas and Africa. We also have links with a number of overseas universities.

Development Studies staff

Professor Andreas Neef
+64 9 923 3486

Associate Professor Yvonne Underhill-Sem
+64 9 923 2311

Dr Jesse Hession Grayman
+64 9 923 8661