The Global Development Research Division conducts research that promotes social justice and equality, and raises awareness of the global challenges surrounding the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Our work builds on the long tradition of development research at the University. We work with partners in countries around the world to explore common themes such as relative poverty, precarious work, marginalisation, urbanisation and cities, rural development, and climate change. Our research cuts across disciplines, including Agriculture, Economics, Geography, Law and Meteorology, and working across these boundaries is a key part of what we do. Division members possess expertise in a wide range of methodological approaches, with particular strengths in communications and public engagement. The Division has close links with the Walker Institute.
In the latest Research Excellence Framework 2021 results, our research was ranked ninth in the UK by Grade Point Average (research quality), with 91% of our research overall rated 4* (world-leading) and 3* (internationally excellent). Our research was submitted as part of Unit of Assessment 22: Anthropology and Development Studies.