The department is a lively community that is recognised internationally as one of the top centres for research and teaching in development studies.
I am currently coordinating the High Frequency South Sudan Survey, an initiative of the World Bank in partnership with the South Sudan National Bureau of Statistics. The project includes a nationwide household poverty survey, as well as close monitoring of monetary exchange rates and market prices. This is my second time in South Sudan since completing the MSc course, having worked here previously as a Field Coordinator for Doctors Without Borders.
I chose the MSc in Economics for Development to help me shift my career as a humanitarian aid worker towards jobs focused on finding sustainable solutions for conflict-affected countries. What I valued most about the MSc course was its focus on applied research and how economic arguments are constructed using quantitative data. We were taught very practical data management skills, and I can honestly say that I am using those skills every day in my current job. It was also amazing to work with such a talented and motivated group of students. Although the quality of instruction was excellent, I learned as much from my classmates as I did from our professors.
We were taught very practical data management skills, and I can honestly say that I am using those skills every day in my current job.