The School of Global Development is committed to making a real impact on global challenges facing especially (but not only) the so-called ‘developing world’.

Our postgraduate researchers work at the heart of active research teams at UEA, challenging boundaries and making real advances.

The school’s research interests include:

  • Agriculture, nutrition and health
  • Behavioural and experimental development economics
  • Climate change, adaptation and disaster risk management
  • Development aid and practice
  • Education, childhood and youth
  • Environmental justice; indigenous rights
  • Gender, race and discrimination
  • Health and human development
  • Impact evaluation
  • Just transitions
  • Media and humanitarian communication
  • Migration
  • Poverty and inequality
  • State, governance and conflict
  • Water security

How you'll work

Working closely with a supervisory team of two academics gives you the support to carry out your own independent research and make your own mark.

We have a wealth of remarkable academics. To know which team will be right for you, we suggest you check out people in your area of work and read up on some of their publications. Identify at least one member of staff at UEA who would be a suitable supervisor, and contact them to express your interest and discuss your research proposal. 

Our culture

As a PhD researcher at the School for Global Development you will be joining an active group of committed, passionate and innovative young researchers from across the world who aim to have a real impact, working on topics across global development.  

At our research-intensive university and school we provide networks, resources and vision to match your professional and research ambitions.

Your first year will normally focus on advancing your research and analytical skills. You will have access to first-class in house training, including through the Social Sciences Graduate School Training Programme at the UEA Doctoral College , and you will have a small budget for specialised training out house if required.  

You will have dedicated office space and opportunities to engage in teaching. As a PhD candidate, you’ll find the school and university to be a supportive group and institution that truly values its academic research community. We set the scene for for a rich social life where you meet like-minded and other colleagues and make friendships for life.  

Our people

We welcome research on a wide range of topics related to global development, and particularly encourage proposals in the fields listed above.

The school offers a number of competitive studentships. To be considered for these, prospective students need to submit their applications by a specific deadline.

Current Opportunities

  • South East Network for Social Sciences (SENSS) Doctoral Training Partnership studentships (opportunities published in the autumn, deadline normally in January)
  • Faculty of Social Sciences Studentship in Global Development (opportunities published in the autumn, deadline normally in January)
  • School of Global Development Studentships (opportunities published in the autumn, deadline normally in January)
  • And more - get in touch to find out more

These studentships cover tuition fees for both UK and international students and provide a maintenance grant (stipend).

Please take some time to explore our pages and get to know our academic staff and their areas of interest.

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