Organisation profile

Organisation profile

Research carried out by Centre for Development Studies (CDS) affiliated staff, postgraduates and visiting fellows touch on many issues and geographies and evolve rapidly. Four pervasive issues are:


1.    The interaction between change at local, national and global levels

2.    The dynamics of inequality, poverty, gender and other forms of discrimination

3.    The importance (and challenge) of doing research spanning different academic disciplines

4.    Retaining academic independence while also engaging directly in policy, practice and power relations.


Research is currently organised in four pathways

1.    Development policy, practice and political economy

2.    Social justice, sustainability and wellbeing

3.    Conflict, migration and humanitarian action

4.    Global public health and education


CDS staff are located across the University and beyond, but a core group are located in the Department of Social and Policy Sciences. For more information visit the CDS website


UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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