Global Development Academy

Transcending boundaries

Our projects and programmes transcend disciplinary, intellectual and institutional boundaries.

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Researchers at the University of Edinburgh work with partners in hundreds of countries to generate knowledge, dialogue and solutions.

The Global Development Academy supports research across disciplines that generates new connections between north and south, and between academics, practitioners and policymakers.

International experts in disciplines ranging from divinity to medicine, and social anthropology to engineering, are extending our understanding of the limits of current trajectories of development, and actively contributing to transcending these limits.

Interdisciplinary study

As one of the world’s leading research institutions, Edinburgh is an exciting and challenging place to conduct doctoral research.

The Global Development Academy allows PhD students to develop highly interdisciplinary research skills and agendas.

Students generally register for a PhD in one of the University’s 22 schools but they are exposed to supervision, training and research from across the institution.

Research students will also be able to access the numerous seminars, workshops and training opportunities that will enable them to become tomorrow’s research leaders.

Collaborative projects

Many students link their research into larger collaborative projects.

This provides opportunities to work with and engage with researchers and projects in other universities and other countries.

It also ensures that individual PhD research can make an important contribution of its own.