Research course

Conflict Security and Development

Institution
Open University · Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent)

Months of entry

October

Course content

There are complex connections between conflict, security and development. While processes of social change can be violent and generate conflict, development is often framed as a means to ensure peace and security. The linkages between security and development receive increasing attention within development policy and practice at local national, international and global scales.

Our research scrutinises and re-thinks the impacts of community engagements , international aid, peacebuilding interventions, socio-economic development towards unilinear cycles of violenc e and efforts deployed to achieve inclusive development and sustainable peace. Understanding this contentious field of development often requires critical engagement with the interests and capabilities of a diverse range of actors, including states, non-state armed actors, non-governmental organisations, and multi-national corporations.

We welcome research projects that adopt interdisciplinary and/or anthropological approaches to conflict, security and development and that interrogate important methodological and ethical questions for Development Studies.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • MPhil
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    15 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Discipline Convenor
Email
FASS-DPP-PG-Admissions@open.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1908 655434