The department is a lively community that is recognised internationally as one of the top centres for research and teaching in development studies.
A Supportive Environment
We provide an exceptionally supportive and enriching environment for our DPhils, who are able to draw on the expertise of scholars in a wide variety of disciplines related to the broad field of development and a range of regional specialisms, with notable strength in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Our research centres, which are at the forefront of their subject areas, are a rich source of data and case study material for doctoral research and we also have close connections with other departments and research centres across the University.
Around 80 per cent of our current DPhil students have received full or partial scholarships to fund their doctoral study at ODID and once on the course, they can draw on further departmental funding to meet their needs at different stages of their research.
Our students have a dedicated study area, known as the Loft, which provides a friendly and welcoming space for peer support and networking. In 2020-21, owing to the coronavirus pandemic, the Department has had to reduce the number of desks available and put in place a timetable for a limited number of students to use the Loft. We will return to normal as soon as the situation allows. Our DPhil students hold a weekly seminar series at which they present their work and benefit from peer feedback. First-year students also present their work to members of the academic staff and other students in preparation for the start of fieldwork, which provides comprehensive academic input in the formative phase of research.
As a result of the supportive environment offered by the department, our doctoral students generally go on to complete their studies in good time. Students are also encouraged to publish in their final years, and are supported in doing so through workshops and a dedicated fund. Students often submit their work to international peer-reviewed journals, including the journal Oxford Development Studies, which is edited at the department. ODS offers a £1,000 prize for the best student paper accepted for publication.