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About us

The School of International Development (DEV) has a global reputation as a centre of research excellence – and this feeds directly into our teaching, as well as our policy work with international and national organisations.

DEV research addresses contemporary challenges in developing and transition economies via methodological and theoretical innovation, interdisciplinary collaboration and a commitment that our research should make a difference. We work closely with individuals and communities often taking a long-term approach.

Staff research is listed on individual People pages; however the School also hosts a number of research groups, which are organised via three broad research areas: economic development, social development and sustainable development.

Making a difference

The School has a unique relationship with International Development UEA (formerly the Overseas Development Group/ODG), a charitable company that has pioneered research, training and consultancy in international development since 1967. Working together to address key development issues, this unique relationship maximises the impact of DEV's work internationally. The value of this work was recognised in 2009 by the award of the Queen's Anniversary Prize, the UK's most prestigious higher education award, in recognition of over 40 years' sustained and highly respected response to environmental change and poverty in some of the world's poorest countries.

Research excellence

The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) rank the School of International Development 4th (Times Higher Education) in the country for overall research, with 74% of our research ranked “world-leading” or “internationally excellent”

Disseminating our research

DEV research is published in a wide range of outlets, including interdisciplinary and disciplinary journals, books, and research reports, and has contributed to UEA being amongst the most highly cited academic institutions, globally publishing in development studies. DEV's Working Papers and Research Briefings series disseminate original research and policy advice on a wide range of subjects and the School runs a varied programme of research seminars and events.


All research undertaken within the School of International Development and International Development UEA must conform to our Ethics policy on research involving human subjects. For more information on ethics, see our Ethics Statement.