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Development Research School

The Development Research School deals with sustainable development and poverty reduction in low-income countries, with a particular focus on aspects of governance, power, and inequality.

The school has two overarching objectives:

  1. to contribute to high-quality and boundary-crossing doctoral research in the focus area; and
  2. to strengthen collaboration and networks between the four partner universities and between individual doctoral students within and beyond these universities.

The school is organised as a partnership between the universities of Lund, Gothenburg and Uppsala, and the University of Ghana. While the school is coordinated and administered by Lund University, a programme committee and an international advisory board will oversee its work. The school will be open to doctoral students from the four partners but also from other universities and from any discipline.

The work program is structured in five activities:

  1. jointly developed interdisciplinary doctoral courses
  2. regular research seminars
  3. policy dialogues with invited guests intended to bridge the gap between research and policy
  4. a mobility programme
  5. other capacity-building and skills training activities

Through its work, the school seeks to close a major gap in Swedish doctoral training. So far, there has been a lack of both systematic knowledge and collaboration on issues related to governance, power and inequality within the overall context of the sustainable development goals.

The Development Research School will collaborate and profit from existing networks and collaborations within, between and beyond the four partner institutions, for example with Swedish Development Research Network (SweDev) and Lund University Agenda 2030 Graduate School.


Autumn 2022

  • Methodology and field-studies course (5-9 August in Accra, Ghana)
  • Launch at Development Research Conference (DevRes) 23 August
  • Website (under construction)
  • Seminars online and onsite (tba)
  • Mentor programme

Spring/summer 2023


  • Kristina Jönsson, Associate Professor in Political Science at Lund University and coordinator of the Research School (Kristina [dot] Jonsson [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se)
  • Fred Dzanku, Senior research fellow at the Institute of Statistical Social and Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana 
  • Fredrik Söderbaum, Professor of peace and development research in the School of Global Studies (SGS) 
  • Anders Sjögren, Associate professor in Political Science at the Department of Government, Uppsala University 


The Development Research School is funded by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet).