Global Development Institute
The Global Development Institute at The University of Manchester is renowned for its commitment to critical thinking and social justice. With a history spanning over 60 years, the university has remained a pioneer in Development Studies. The Global Development Institute continues to drive innovative ideas that promote sustainable development and social justice worldwide.
In an ever-changing world, the concept of 'development' has evolved significantly. While significant progress has been made in reducing poverty and improving life opportunities for billions of people, many still lack access to essential services. Moreover, the relentless rise of inequality and the impacts of climate change pose threats to future progress. Researchers at the Global Development Institute tackle these formidable challenges head-on. Their areas of focus encompass the politics of development, economic growth, agrarian and urban transformations, the opportunities and challenges presented by digitalization and migration, global production networks, and the effectiveness of development organizations. The institute takes great pride in leading The University of Manchester's initiatives to combat global inequalities and achieve meaningful impact in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals, ranking first in the UK in this regard.
Development Studies originated at The University of Manchester in 1958, and in 2016, the Global Development Institute was formed by merging the strengths of the Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM) and the Brooks World Poverty Institute. The institute engages in interdisciplinary research and collaborates with partner organizations, experts, and academics from the Global South. Their contributions range from assisting countries in redesigning social protection systems to enhancing supply chains for women farmers and supporting community groups in accessing basic services and housing.
The Global Development Institute's exceptional research environment was recognized in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF), where it secured the second rank in the UK for Development Studies. Notably, it was the only department to achieve a 100% score for its research environment, solidifying its status as the premier institution for Development Studies research in the UK. Additionally, the QS World University Subject Rankings placed the institute seventh in the world for Development Studies.
The institute incorporates cutting-edge insights from its research into all its postgraduate teaching programs. With over 100 PhD researchers and more than 400 master's students, it stands as Europe's largest dedicated development research and teaching institute. The diverse and vibrant GDI community is enriched by the wealth of experiences brought by its students from across the globe. To support the academic excellence of its PhD researchers, the institute houses them within the Brooks Doctoral College, offering tailored training and support.
The institute's courses provide a platform for a wide range of development perspectives and voices, including activists from the Global South and leaders from multinational companies. Additionally, it hosts an array of distinguished speakers annually, including former heads of state and influential development thinkers, who inspire debate and foster new ideas. Even after graduation, the institute maintains strong ties with its 10,000 alumni, many of whom assume influential roles within development organizations and enterprises, both returning to and emerging from the institute.
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