School of Global Development

A future for everyone

We are a world-leading centre for research, teaching, and practice, and have been ranked as the top development studies institution in the UK (THE REF Analysis 2021) and one of the top-15 institutions in the world for development studies in 2022 (see QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022). Our staff and students are committed to the use of critical analysis to create a fairer planet, and we work with a wide range of organisations – from the World Bank to WaterAid – to make a difference in the world.

As part of the School of Global Development* at UEA, you will join our close-knit academic community of 50 staff and over 500 students from around the world. You will learn from experts across multiple disciplines, fusing insights from economics, geography, environmental sciences, anthropology, media, politics, and development practice. Through this unique interdisciplinary approach, you will be equipped with both the theoretical grounding and the practical skills to create change in the world.

Come and study development with the best in the world. Make your voice count. And be a force for change.


*As part of the celebration of our 50th anniversary in 2023, we have changed our name from the School of International Development to the School of Global Development.


All our Undergraduate courses are also offered in variants with a study abroad year, a placement year or a short-term overseas placement.


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School of Global Development*

(L-R) Chris Law MP, Dr Martin Scott, Renu Mehta
13 Sep 2023

New report from UEA Academic asks whether UK Aid Match has been used for ‘charity washing’, ahead of Westminster event

A new report from the University of East Anglia’s Dr Martin Scott into the Government’s UK Aid Match (UKAM) scheme has led to concerns of ‘charity washing’, with...

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A keel-billed toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus) perches on a tree branch in Laguna del Lagarto, Costa Rica
09 Aug 2023

A ‘values crisis’ underpins the biodiversity and climate emergency

A new study published in Nature shows how undervaluation of nature is foundational to the environmental crisis we face. 

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21 Jun 2023

Indigenous knowledge crucial to managing wildfire risk

Wildfire risks could be reduced by strengthening Indigenous knowledge in management strategies, according to new research from the University of East Anglia

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Sea defences on the coast of Ghana.
23 Mar 2023

Measuring impacts of climate change on heritage to be explored at conference

A major conference on coastal heritage loss due to climate change is taking place at the University of East Anglia next week.

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