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Development studies at Massey is ranked in the top 100 in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2017.
Development studies sets out to understand and analyse the processes that are transforming people’s lives around the world. You will study key development issues and ideas, and develop skills to help solve development problems.
In the past, development studies focussed on the world’s poorer countries and how Western solutions could be applied to their problems. We now recognise that the impact of global economic, political and social forces are universal—and embrace and connect us all. Our different cultures, environments and resources, however, inevitably lead to different outcomes for people.
We also acknowledge that solutions need to recognise local cultural, social and environmental differences, and that Western science and technology must work with and learn from indigenous knowledge systems.
Development studies at Massey University has a strong research component and attracts postgraduate students from all over the world, especially from Asia, Africa and the Pacific.
Postgraduate study draws on the depth and variety of interests and expertise of our academic staff. It also makes the most of Massey’s expertise in agriculture, economics, social anthropology, politics, natural resources, environmental studies and business studies.
Essential information about the development studies programme is available in the IDS Handbook 2017 (3,203 KB)
131.701 Development and Underdevelopment
131.702 Development Management
131.703 Gender and Development
131.704 Sustainable Development
131.706 Globalisation & Development
131.707 Development Research Design
131.798 Research Report
131.799 Research Report
131.816 Thesis (Part I)
131.817 Thesis (Part II)
131.897 Research Report
131.900 PhD Development Studies
Programme Coordinator: Professor Regina Scheyvens
Social media sites and Māori political engagement: Joanne Waitoa (Ngāti Porou and Ngāti Kahungunu) is examining the Mana Party’s Facebook pages – Mana ki Manawatū, Mana Wairarapa and Mana Rangatahi (youth), and the effectiveness of the party’s social media campaign during the 2011 general election. http://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/about-massey/news/article.cfm?mnarticle_uuid=22AA613B-A209-1181-F4EE-FCE0F948F6D5
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Known as "the Lonely Planet guide to the field", Development Fieldwork covers the methods, ethics and logistics of cross-cultural fieldwork and includes contributions from all Massey development studies staff.
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Last updated on Friday 31 March 2017