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The Department of International Development (DID) at King's has a different agenda to traditional development studies in the UK and wider afield.  

In keeping with its origins as a King’s Global Institute, the Department of International Development specifically focuses on middle-income developing countries and ‘emerging economies’ - the fast growing economies where foreign aid is largely irrelevant. 

Research at the Department seeks to explore critical perspectives on economic growth, modernisation and ‘progress’ and to do so by exploring context-specific economic, social and political change in these countries rather than applying prescriptive models of development.

The DID pursues this through consideration of two key poles of development: inclusive development, i.e. the policies, politics and economics of ensuring that the broad population share in the benefits of growth and wealth; and national development, i.e. the policies, politics and economics of promoting and sustaining economic development within a global context. 

Research expertise in the Department spans political science, sociology, social anthropology, development economics, history, geography and management. Our work has received financial support from the ESRC, AHRC, MRC, DfID, Wellcome Trust, Leverhulme Trust, and British Academy among others.

We have strong regional expertise and collaborations in Latin America and SE Asia, in China and India.

The research of the Department’s staff and its international collaborators focuses around a set of research groups which contribute to an understanding of how societies move towards more inclusive modes of economic, social and political development, and what hold this back. 

Explore International Development at King’s

Undergraduate study

Our International Development BA offers a distinctive approach to the study of development.

Postgraduate study

Find out about postgraduate taught courses in the Department of International Development.

Contact us

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