Studying Development


Development Studies            

Development Studies provides critical perspectives on aid and international development, with the aim of understanding how to overcome inequalities and promote social justice in our world. As an area of study it is comprehensive - incorporating land use, sustainability and environmental management with urbanisation, human development, social change, pro-poor economics, human rights and more. Development is a highly contested subject, on both theoretical and practical levels, as courses in Development Studies reveal.   

You can study towards a postgraduate degree (Postgraduate Diploma, Masters, or PhD) in Development Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, Massey University, the University of Auckland and the University of Otago (through Geography). Lincoln University has a specialist programme on International Rural Development, while the Auckland University of Technology specialises in economic, social and community development through the Institute of Public Policy. Pacific Studies, which often explores development issues, is offered at most NZ universities, among them the Te Pua Wananga ki te Ao - the School of Maori and Pacific Development at the University of Waikato and the Centre for Pacific Studies at the University of Canterbury.

Through the Steering Committee, DevNet has close relations with Development Studies (and related departments) around Aotearoa NZ universities.