New PhD courses by the Development Research School

December 15, 2022

Apply to new PhD courses by the Development Research School latest 18 December.

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The Development Research School, a collaboration between Lund University, Uppsala University, Gothenburg University and the University of Ghana, is launching two new PhD courses taking place in spring 2023. Applications are now open!

Learn more about the Development Research School and the latest updates on new courses and news.

Governance and the Sustainable Development Goals

The course provides a critical introduction to the governance of sustainable development and the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals. It emphasizes the challenges of implementing the 2030 Agenda with a special focus on low-and middle-income countries and poverty reduction.

The development of the 2030 Agenda and the current status of the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals will be discussed. Different theoretical perspectives and concepts related to governance will also be introduced and applied on empirical examples stemming from global, national, and local levels of sustainable development governance.

Doctoral students will be asked to connect their own research projects to the themes of the course and to bring in their perspectives on the 2030 Agenda from different disciplinary backgrounds.

The course runs on part-time basis from 2 February to 23 March 2023. It consists of three online sessions (on 2 February, 16 February, 2 March) and one on-site workshop at Lund university from 15 to 17 March 2023. A feedback and evaluation session will be held on 23 March. The course is open to PhD students from all fields of social sciences and related fields of study. Priority will be given to PhD students in the Development Research School. Other applicants will be assessed and accepted on the basis of the relevance of their PhD project to the course theme.

Deadline: 18 December 2022. Read more and apply.

Making foreign aid work: Managing tensions between top-down and bottom-up approaches

The goal of the course is to build knowledge about the essential and longstanding question why and when development cooperation is successful, and for whom. The course zooms in on donor-recipient relations and the tensions between top-down and bottom-up approaches in the management, delivery and implementation of foreign aid.

Fredrik Söderbaum is leading the course together with a team of lecturers and practitioners — Patrik Stålgren, Jesper Sundewall and Josephine Sundqvist — with decades of practical experience of managing and delivering foreign aid:

This course provides doctoral students with a unique opportunity to build both theoretical and hands-on, practical knowledge about what makes foreign aid work across different policy fields, contexts, types of donors and aid modalities.

The course runs on a part-time basis between 28 March and 26 May 2023. It consists of two parts. The first part is made up of four online seminars (28 March, 11 and 25 April, 9 May) with a short introductory lecture followed by discussions and presentations. In the second part of the course all participants will gather for an exciting on-site workshop at the School of Global Studies (SGS) in Gothenburg (15-17 May). 

The ambition is to attract doctoral students from a range of different disciplines and PhD programs in order to create stimulating discussions with intense interaction between the teaching team/practitioners and the doctoral students. The course promises to be of direct relevance for the participant’s PhD projects and that the doctoral students will simultaneously be able to share their own experiences with other participants. 

Deadline: 22 February 2023. Read more and apply.