The department is a lively community that is recognised internationally as one of the top centres for research and teaching in development studies.
The Oxford Department of International Development (ODID) ranked as the top development studies department in the country in the UK government’s national assessment of research excellence in both 2008 (Research Assessment Exercise) and 2014 (Research Excellence Framework), with most of our research rated as world-leading and internationally excellent.
We draw on our unique strengths – the exceptional range and depth of our disciplinary and regional expertise and our connections to networks across the global South – to generate academically rigorous research into the underlying structures and overarching processes of development. We draw on this deep scholarship to forge new ways of thinking about development that can help improve the lives of ordinary people, whether by informing policy at the highest level or by changing practice on the ground.
Who We Are
ODID comprises a core of some 25 academic staff engaged in teaching and research, together with 50 research staff in five research groups that are at the forefront of their fields: the Refugee Studies Centre, the International Migration Institute, Young Lives, the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative and the Technology and Management Centre for Development. ODID and the Department of Economics also lead, with the LSE, the large International Growth Centre established by DfID. These centres have support from key research partner institutions in developing countries, and engage in extensive policy advisory work for governments, international agencies and civil society organisations.
We teach around 260 postgraduate students on doctoral and master's programmes. These programmes are research-led, and combine rigorous research methods training with applied thesis work which prepares students for both academic and policy careers. We are also home to a considerable number of post-doctoral fellows and academic visitors from a wide range of developing countries.
The Head of Department is Nandini Gooptu.