PhD in International Development Studies

phdSince winter 2007, the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy has been offering an international English-language PhD programme in International Development Studies. It is implemented by the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy on behalf of the Faculties of Geography, Law, Social Science, and Economics. Up to 10 PhD candidates are accepted to the programme annually. The programme builds on three fundamental pillars: It is a structured PhD programme with a strong interdisciplinary and international focus.


Our online application platform will open again on 1 November 2021. Please use the online application platform to submit your application. The application deadline for the PhD IDS Intake 2022 is 31 March 2022.

News & Announcements:

Congratulations, Dr. Vilmondes!

After successful defence of her PhD Thesis on Wednesday 25 February 2021, Mariana Vilmondes from Brazil has been awarded the degree of a Philosophiae Doctor (Ph.D.).

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Her thesis with the title "Accountability Relations in Social Housing Programs: a comparative legal analysis of Brazilian and Chilean case studies" was supervised by Prof. Dr. Markus Kaltenborn and Prof. Dr. Katja Bender. Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein chaired oral exam – the first online PhD defense at IEE.

Congratulations, Dr. Al Asadi!

After successful defence of his PhD Thesis on Wednesday 15 July 2020, Mohammad Al Asadi from Syria has been awarded the degree of a Philosophiae Doctor (Ph.D.).

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Prof. Dr. Matthias Busse, Mohammad Al Asadi, Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein

His thesis with the title "Financing recovery in conflict-affected countries: Financing resources and fiscal sustainability" was supervised by Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein and Prof. Dr. Matthias Busse. Prof. Dr. Helmut Karl chaired the oral exam.

9th PhD Conference on International Development ‒ Call for Abstracts

The University of East Anglia (UEA) will host the 9th PhD Conference on International Development. It will take place in Norwich on 2‒4 September 2020 at the Julian Study Centre, UEA.

This conference represents a collaboration with several institutions in Europe; the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex; the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University of Rotterdam (The Netherlands); the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE), Ruhr-University Bochum, the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF), Duisburg, Essen and the Institute of Political Science (IfP) (Germany). The goal of the conference is to bring together current PhD researchers, recently graduated doctoral researchers, and senior scholars in the field of International Development and allied disciplines.

Conference themes:

  1. Environmental justice, climate change and natural resources governance
  2. Politics of development: governance, civic participation, aid and institutions
  3. Economics of development: insights from behavioural, experimental economics in low and middle-income countries
  4. Education, health and social protection: socio-economic and cultural contexts and innovative policies to tackle poverty and inequality
  5. Methods and meausurement in development studies

Deadline for abstract submission is 17 April 2020.

Please find more information on the conference here.

PhD IDS: Contact


Dr. Christina Seeger
Coordinator PhD-IDS

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