Participants will receive practical training in camera work, sound recording, storytelling and editing and will work in small teams to produce, film and edit a short documentary using professional equipment. They will also learn about the theoretical and ethical implications of using films for research or advocacy purposes. By the end of the course, students will have had an introduction to the basic skills required to make a short documentary.


Students who wish to be trained in the techniques required to employ film as a research or advocacy tool.


The trainers for this course are Ed Owles and Elhum Shakerifar from Postcode Films. Postcode Films is an award winning documentary production company run by independent filmmakers with a background in visual anthropology. As well as making feature length documentaries and short films for NGOs, they have been running workshops for the last nine years that help students learn how to create responsibly-made and engaging films. Previous films made as part of their ongoing relationship with UEA DEV students can be viewed at

DATES: 7th May (independent study) then 16th-19th May 2016. Six days independent study is expected between these days.



The aim of this 3-day group facilitation skills course is to provide a firm foundation in theory and practice of group facilitation that participants can build on with confidence. A range of working methods will be used: experiential and creative activities, reflective practice, working with the process of the group, skills practice, coaching, games, theoretical input and discussion.


This course is suitable for anyone interested in facilitating group learning processes or improving how they work in teams with other people. Practical applications of facilitation skills include team working in almost any working environment and facilitating participation in research and development initiatives.


Jenny Nicholson is a professional facilitator with a diploma in Humanistic Psychology from the Institute for the Development of Human Potential (IDHP) and 25 years of experience of facilitating a range of different groups. Dr Marisa Goulden is a Lecturer in the School of International Development with extensive experience of facilitating focus groups and workshops for research and other purposes in international development contexts in Egypt, Ethiopia and Uganda as well as in the UK.

DATES: 17th-19th May 2016

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Research Methods in Global Environmental Justice (GEJ)

Organised by the Global Environmental Research Group from UEA's School of International Development, this one-day workshop will consider the opportunities and methodological challenges of using a GEJ perspective to conduct critical environment and sustainable development research. The workshop will comprise two halves. The first will be devoted to dedicated presentations provided by members of the GEJ research group, followed by a Q&A session for each presenter. Specific themes covered will include the main epistemologies and combined methodologies used within the GEJ framework, as well as a critical exploration of what doing GEJ research might involve in a wide range of practical fields. The second half will involve a facilitated roundtable discussion and short presentations prepared in advance by the participants with the aim of considering how their own research might benefit from a closer engagement with the concept of justice. Overall, the workshop will make an intellectual case that GEJ is a new and productive analytical lens for examining place-based environmental struggles in relation to larger political and economic processes.

See here for further details or email to book your place.

Research workshops for PhD students in 2013/14 Research workshops for PhD students in 2013/14

Previous workshop information


Experimental Developmental Economics

School of International Development with the School of Economics and Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Science.

The workshop is for PhD students and other researchers who want to learn about lab-in-the-field experiments in developing countries. Emphasizing methods, the presentations discuss the why and how of lab-in-the-field experiments, and are taught by specialized academics with a strong field experience.

Ethical concerns and considerations in International Development research

People are often at the heart of research in International Development, and ensuring that we engage in ethical research practice is of paramount importance. In this workshop, organised by the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia, we will focus specifically on three particularly sensitive ethical issues: political engagement, working in conflict zones, and working with children.

Annual PhD Student Conference 19-20th September 2013

The School of International Development at the University of East Anglia (UEA), in collaboration with the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE),  Ruhr-University Bochum, and their partners in the UAMR Graduate Centre for Development Studies, and the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, is delighted to be hosting this year's PhD Conference on in September 2013.

The conference, which is supported by The European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI), is an excellent opportunity for doctoral students to engage with contemporary issues of international development and network with peers. In addition to keynote speakers, the main activity will consist of a series of parallel sessions over the two days, giving many PhD students an opportunity to present their work and get feedback from other students and faculty drawn from the three collaborating institutes.

Studying Global Environmental Justice 12th October 2013

This workshop will interest any of your PhD student whose research encompass or intersects how resources are governed, what conflicts mark them and the multi-layered politics of resource use, and seek an opportunity to present and discuss their research amongst peers and experts.

Epistemological Issues in International Development, 7th December, UEA London

The School of International Development at the University of East Anglia will organise a workshop on epistemological issues in international development. This workshop targets PhD students of development and will be held at centre of the University located in London. There is no registration fee for the workshop.

The workshop will do the following:

Explain and distinguish key terms – epistemology, methodology, methods

Outline the specific epistemological issues of prominence in development studies

Present three separate sessions as follows:

· Epistemologies and debates in social analysis

· The epistemology of natural science

· Epistemologies in economics