LSE Department of International Development

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LSE Department of International Development is an inter-disciplinary development institute located at the London School of Economics in London, United Kingdom.[1] It was established in 1990 as the Development Studies Institute (DESTIN) to promote interdisciplinary postgraduate teaching and research on processes of social, political and economic development.[2][3]

The department ranks among the most prestigious in the world with Quacquarelli Symonds ranking it the third best in the world.[4] Research Excellence Framework ranks 81% of the departments as rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.[5]

Research and Facility

The departments research focuses on causes of poverty, social exclusion, economic stagnation, humanitarian crises and human security.

The department conducts research and teaching across six broad themes:[6]

  1. Complex emergencies, security, and humanitarianism in war-torn societies
  2. Comparative and international politics of development
  3. Governance, civil society, and informal politics
  4. Development management
  5. Development economics
  6. The politics of global health

Professor Tim Allen heads the department and also serves as the professor of development anthropology.[7] Combined the department is home to 32 full-time teaching staff, some of its notable facility members include Mayling Birney (PhD, Yale),[8] Professor Catherine Boone (Ph.D, MIT),[9] Professor Jean-Paul Faguet (PhD, LSE)[10] and Tasha Fairfield (PhD, Berkeley).[11]


Academic years are divided into three terms: Michaelmas (October to December), Lent (January to March) and Summer (April to June).

The department offers four taught masters programs:[12]

  • MSc Development Studies
  • MSc Development Management
  • MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies
  • MSc African Development

In addition, the department offers the following joint degrees with other departments:

  • MSc Anthropology and Development
  • MSc Anthropology and Development Management
  • MSc Environment and Development
  • MSc Political Economy of Late Development
  • MSc Population and Development
  • MSc Urbanisation and Development
  • MPA International Development

Research degrees:

  • MSc Development Studies (Research)
  • PhD Development Studies

Programme for African Leadership

Launched in 2012, the program selects 50 students from Sub-Saharan Africa to "foster a new generation of African leaders."[13][14]

Cumberland Lodge

International Development students attend a workshop at Cumberland Lodge, which is a spacious 17th century house set in the Windsor Great Park located 3.5 miles south of Windsor Castle.[15][16]


  • The Quest to Bring Land under Social and Political Control: Land Reform Struggles of the Past and Present in Ecuador Geoff Goodwin Journal of Agrarian Change (2016)
  • The Trial of Thomas Kwoyelo: Opportunity or spectre? Reflections from the ground on the first LRA prosecution Anna Macdonald and Holly Porter Africa (2016)
  • Countering threats, stabilising politics and selling hope: examining the Agaciro concept as a response to a critical juncture in Rwanda Pritish Behuria Journal of Eastern African Studies (2016)
  • Precolonial Political Centralization and Contemporary Development in Uganda Green, Elliott and Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay Economic Development and Cultural Change Vol 64.3 (April 2016)
  • Decentralization and Development in Contemporary Uganda Green, Elliott Regional & Federal Studies Vol 25.5 (Nov 2015)


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  9. ^ "Professor Catherine Boone - [email protected] - Academic Profiles - Staff - Department of Government - Home". Retrieved 2017-01-06. 
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  14. ^ "Lalji PfAL Scholarship for Sub-Saharan Africans at London School of Economics | 2017-2018 Scholarships". Retrieved 2017-01-06. 
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