Introduction to the department

Welcome to the Oxford Department of International Development. We very much hope that you will enjoy working with us.


On the following pages, we would like to share some basic information about our departmental culture and how the department works. If, after reading them, you still have queries about aspects of departmental functions, please do not hesitate to ask.

The Oxford Department of International Development comprises more than 150 staff members (including casual workers) consisting of academic research and teaching staff and support staff. We have about 250 students on the following courses:

  • MPhil in Development Studies
  • MSc in Economics for Development
  • MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy
  • MSc in Migration Studies
  • MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies
  • DPhil in International Development
  • DPhil in Migration Studies

As well as academics working on individual research, the department hosts five research groups:

  • International Growth Centre (IGC)
  • Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) based at 2 South Parks Road
  • Refugee Studies Centre (RSC)
  • Technology and Management Centre for Development (TMCD) based at 2 South Parks Road
  • Young Lives (YL)

The department also typically hosts up to ten visiting research fellows at any one time, under a variety of schemes, who undertake research into various aspects of development. 

The department is located on two sites: 3 Mansfield Road and 2 South Parks Road (located two minutes' walk up Mansfield Road). 

The department is part of the Social Sciences Division (SSD) The Head of SSD is Professor Timothy Power.