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Luke Humphrey blogs about the annual RiDNet conference which was held in Leeds in January As a final year undergraduate student, the idea of studying a PhD crosses the mind often as plans for what comes next are put together. It can seem like a logical step or nice idea...

Reflections on a two-year teacher development project in Myanmar (Burma) This blog presents an insightful conversation between Sarah Hampton & Ally Shepherd,who met on a two-year project in Myanmar working in teacher training institutions which develop primary and secondary teachers in different regions of the country. Both are former University of Leeds...

POLIS Master’s student Rachel Muter reflects on what it means to do development work in Uganda, and some of the practical and emotional challenges it entails. “If you really want to get involved in development work then be prepared to be made vulnerable, to ask more questions than have answers...

Getting an Internship in development is notoriously difficult, and finding funding to enable you to do it may seem even more impossible. BA International Development graduate Yumna Usmani shares her experience of securing her dream internship with UNHCR Amman and gives some encouraging tips to development students keen to work in the field....

One of our Summer School participants recently returned from volunteering in the Calais refugee camps. In this blog Isabella Pearce and her colleague Hannah Robathan reflect candidly on the atmosphere in the camps leading up to and following the historic Brexit vote of June this year. Inside the Calais refugee...

Blog post by Jorine Beck As a University of Leeds alumni I am pleased to be able to share some thoughts on the relationship between academics, global inequality, art and the general public with you. Under the name ‘PrettyPolitical’ I make political art and studying at the University of Leeds...

Plangsat ’s presentation was voted “most innovative methods” at the RiDNet conference at the University of Leeds last November. Here she presents some of the challenges faced during fieldwork in Northern Nigeria for the CGD blog. My Personal Encounter Conducting Fieldwork in Northern Nigeria: The Encounters, Challenges and How to...

RiDNet (Researchers in Development Network) Brown Bag lunch! Last month RiDNet ran a training session for development researchers working with research assistants during field work. The session was part of the RiDNet Brown Bag series and was the first of 2016. Dr Pete Steward, and PhD researchers Jo Clarke and...

University of Leeds RiDNet (Researchers in Development Network) member and Leeds Trinity University PhD student Jo Clarke had her first journal article published in the International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics. Titled Sport Policy in Cameroon, the article draws on Jo’s PhD which critically explores Sport for Development in Cameroon. Jo recently returned...