Doctoral study in Development Studies

Why study with us?

We were placed in the top 100 in the world for Development Studies in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020.

As a doctoral candidate, you'll benefit from: financial support for research expenses through PReSS funding; high-calibre supervision practices; and the networks and expertise of our world-class academic researchers.

Research opportunities

We welcome PhD research proposals in areas such as:

  • Community-driven development
  • Gender, health and education
  • Migration and displacement
  • Land policies and land grabbing
  • Climate adaptation and mitigation
  • Post-disaster response and recovery
  • Tourism and development

We look forward to your contribution to the intellectual life and research profile of Development Studies.

Our people

A tight-knit team of high-calibre researchers work in Development Studies at the University of Auckland.

Current research topics

Scholarships and awards

There are several scholarships you may be eligible for when you decide to pursue your PhD in Development Studies:

Help and advice

Our friendly staff will provide you with advice on enrolling in your PhD at Student Hubs.

If you would like to discuss your plans for your doctoral research you can contact our PhD Adviser.

Apply for doctoral study