Calling all researchers: The developing world needs you

Interdisciplinary research that links sciences, medicine or education is especially helpful in the context of the developing world. Photo by: Penn State  / CC BY-NC

Gone are the days when a master’s degree in international development was considered the key qualification to carving out a career in development. Today, those studying the sciences, medicine or education are finding their research has a direct effect on those living in the developing world.

This is thanks to the growing trend for research institutions to emerge from their “silos” and sponsor research in overlapping subjects, including tropical medicine and education — an approach which is particularly relevant in the developing world. This was also the impetus for for establishing the London International Development Center in 2008, bringing together social and natural scientists from Birkbeck Institute of Education, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the Royal Veterinary College and the School for Oriental and African Studies.

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    Daphne Davies

    Daphne Davies is a London-based freelance journalist and consultant with more than 30 years' experience in international development. She has worked with the U.N., the European Union, national governments and global civil society organizations, including Amnesty, WWF and LDC Watch. Her expertise is in monitoring government policies in relation to international cooperation. Her interests are in sustainability, social and economic matters, women and least developed countries.

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