Research in Global Development is innovative, transdisciplinary, and world-leading.
Whether exploring the impact of climate change on the everyday lives of farmers in developing countries, or working on how institutions respond to disasters, or confronting the structural features of underdevelopment, our research addresses fundamental questions about contemporary problems across the world.
This new Division houses academics from across the University, pursuing cutting-edge enquiry into the theory, practice, and policy of development, poverty and justice in rich and poor countries alike. The multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary work within Global Development builds on the long tradition of development research in the University and currently spans four of the University’s schools and departments – Agriculture, Policy and Development, Economics, Geography and Law – supporting many collaborative projects. With a focus on development issues at the local, national, transnational, regional, and international levels, cross-cutting themes include migration and displacement, climate and disasters, environment and resource sustainability, rights and duties, and institutions and governance. Bringing these researchers together in a single Division will support work on pressing Global Development issues that cut across disciplinary boundaries, it will also make the research more visible to external partners, and facilitate external engagement.
The University has established a new post, Professor of Law, Conflict and Global Development, and appointed Rosa Freedman, who is currently leading the Research Division. The University has also appointed Margot Salomon as Visiting Professor of Global Development Research to contribute to the development of the Global Development Division.
The Global Development Division houses many research projects that address pressing development issues. Examples of projects include:
- Participatory Integrated Climate Services for Agriculture (PICSA)
- Low Carbon Rural Development
- BRAVE Project
- Working Better With Whitley
- Homo UNicus: The United Nations and the Gender Question
Global Development Research Seminar: Exploring everyday forms of resilience
By Professor Katrina Brown, Professor of Social Sciences at the University of Exeter
When: Tuesday 17 October 2017, 16:30
Where: Room G.04, Chancellor's Building, University of Reading
Safeguarding children from sexual abuse
When: Monday 6 November 2017
Where: Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London
Climate Justice: can fairness create a green future?
Exploring different climate justice topics through presentation-slams, interactive posters and challenges.
When: Monday 11 November 2017
Where: Minghella Studios, University of Reading
Meet Our Staff
Staff conducting research into Global Development spans four of the University’s schools and departments:
- Agriculture, Policy and Development
Undertaking postgraduate studies in Global Development brings significant opportunities for rich intellectual endeavour and transdisciplinary study.
The Global Development Division cuts across several departments offering doctoral students in affiliated schools the opportunity to benefit from supervision and support from across the Division and to find a home within more than one school within the University, if they so desire. Opportunities for global development doctoral research are available in the four schools from which Division members are drawn.