The department is a lively community that is recognised internationally as one of the top centres for research and teaching in development studies.
Research Groups & Major Externally Funded Projects
We host six research groups and one major five-year project funded by external bodies; all are international leaders in their specialist fields.
The International Growth Centre (IGC) aims to promote sustainable growth in developing countries by providing demand-led policy advice based on frontier research.
The Technology and Management Centre for Development (TMCD) aims to address some of the most important issues related to technology and management facing public and private policy-makers. The Centre also serves as a global nerve centre for cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research into the applications of technology and management in and for the developing world.
The International Migration Institute (IMI) takes a long-term and forward-looking perspective on international migration, viewing it as part of broader processes of global change and development, rather than as a problem to be solved.
The purpose of the Refugee Studies Centre (RSC) is to build knowledge and understanding of the causes and effects of forced migration in order to help improve the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable people. It was founded in 1982.
Young Lives is an innovative long-term international research project investigating the changing nature of childhood poverty.
The Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) is an economic research centre that aims to build a more systematic methodological and economic framework for reducing poverty, grounded in people's experiences and values.
Changing Structures of Islamic Authority and Consequences for Social Change (CSIA) is a five-year research project that brings together Islamic textual scholars, ethnographers and survey specialists to map the competing theological positions of today’s leading Islamic authorities, to examine their real-life consequences, and to explore why young Muslims follow one authority over another.