The department is a lively community that is recognised internationally as one of the top centres for research and teaching in development studies.
Kuumuori John Ganle
Straight from Oxford after my MPhil (Development Studies) and DPhil (Public Health), I joined the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, School of Public Health, University of Ghana, as a lecturer. In addition to teaching at both graduate and undergraduate levels, my current role involves mentoring Master of Public Health and Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health students to undertake independent research on various topics related to sexual, reproductive and maternal health. I am also actively involved in conducting cutting-edge research related to access to sexual, reproductive and maternal healthcare services, especially for minority and other underserved populations, including persons with disability, and ethnic and religious minorities. And I am currently involved in conducting collaborative research with researchers in Ghana, the United Kingdom, Germany, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Australia and South Africa.
For me, I have no doubt that much of what I am able to do today in my career as a teacher and researcher has roots in my training at Oxford, especially the MPhil in Development Studies at ODID. The course really re-oriented and equipped me with the skills and competencies to undertake original and independent thinking and research. In particular, the course capacity-built me to think about and approach international development challenges and their solutions in ways that many conventional MSc/MPhil development studies courses around the world simply are unable to do. This is indeed a rare skill I will forever cherish, and for which I will remain deeply thankful to ODID.
I have no doubt that much of what I am able to do today in my career as a teacher and researcher has roots in my training at Oxford.