International Development

We focus on the totality of problems that confront the developing world

The International Development Research Group is a cross-discipline intellectual space for social scientists to share new research ideas, innovate and collaborate.

Benefits of research across disciplines

Our group brings together social scientists with interest in international development from across faculties. Being part of a diverse collective of experience and knowledge brings real opportunities to innovate. It is a supportive group where members can:

  • share fresh analysis
  • conceive new research ideas and publications
  • network and collaborate for new research bids.

We also engage with local groups and NGOs to seek collaborative opportunities for impact oriented academic research.

Research focus

We focus on the Global Challenges confronting us currently and in future. We collaborate on work around global development and the problems of the social world, and on the links between the social and natural worlds.

We focus on challenges faced by the Global South and encourage researchers working on the implications of decisions carried out in the Global North.

We develop the intellectual agenda for international development within the University, including working collectively to develop research agenda to exploit funding opportunities such as GCRF (in full) as well as EU and other opportunities.

Bristol Global Challenges and Development seminar series

Our group explores the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) via our monthly Bristol Global Challenges and Development Seminar Series. This series also hosts seminars on issues of global development that are unconnected to the SDGs. All seminars are run in collaboration with the Cabot Institute.

Sharing research findings

We publish a blog and organise public lectures, to share research findings with other researchers and the public.

Looking to join us?

We welcome staff and postgraduate students from across the faculty. 

If you are interested in joining our group, then please email the group leaders below with details of your relevant research interests:

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