The department is a lively community that is recognised internationally as one of the top centres for research and teaching in development studies.
As a lecturer, my job involves both distance and face-to-face teaching and academic research. The position comes with a lot of flexibility and enriching contacts with students, colleagues, and policy-makers. I really appreciate the freedom to set my own research agenda. I was fortunate enough to be offered the job a few months before I was finished with the DPhil and I am sure my experience teaching and convening seminars while at QEH helped a lot.
I came to the DPhil after a few years working in the field and QEH proved to be a very friendly and supportive community where I could test and refine all sorts of ideas. I had not fully grasped the value of this community when I applied but it is now very clear to me that this is, in addition to the incredibly rich and diverse range of seminars and courses, a main strength of Oxford and QEH in particular. Daily exchanges with fellow DPhils and QEH staff proved extremely useful for me to relate and understand the state and craft of research in fields that are not directly related to mine. This is a very valuable asset in my current position as I am part of another inter-disciplinary research centre.
QEH proved to be a very friendly and supportive community where I could test and refine all sorts of ideas.