Development and Humanitarianism in an Unequal World

The Development and Humanitarianism pathway brings together complementary sets of interdisciplinary collaboration, spanning not only social sciences but also medical and environmental science.

Programmes eligible for NWSSDTP funding

N.B. Master’s programmes can only be funded as part of a 1+3/2+2 Studentship

Lancaster University

University of Liverpool

University of Manchester

For information on how to apply for funding, please visit our How to Apply page.

Pathway Representatives

Contact details for Development and Humanitarianism in an Unequal World Pathway Representatives at each institution can be found here

Current Development and Humanitarianism in an Unequal World NWSSDTP students


hemmingJack Hemingway (2018 Cohort)

Groundwater Governance in South Africa: Domestic and Transboundary Governance, and Preparedness for Hydraulic Fracturing

The project will be exploring the groundwater governance arrangements of South Africa, particularly surrounding the developing unconventional oil and gas industry in the country. Using the ecologically pristine Karoo region as a study site, an evaluation of the institutional preparedness for hydraulic fracturing will be conducted, focussing on legislation, policy, stakeholders, and knowledge, information and science.

Anna Thurlbeck (2020 Cohort)

  • University of Manchester
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To what extent do ideational and socio-political factors become embedded in formal fiscal federal institutions over time and how do these factors shape distributive outcomes?

This research project will examine the present allocation of federal revenue amongst states in Nigeria with the main objective being the analysis of the socio-political and historical forces underlying the fiscal federalist system and the degree to which these forces shape formal redistributive processes.

Laila Zulkaphil (2022 Cohort)

Innovative Financing for Humanitarian Aid: Implications of Using Impacts Bonds for Humanitarian Actions

In the context of an increasing humanitarian funding gap, Laila’s research examines impact bonds as an innovative humanitarian financing mechanism. Theoretically, the research analyses how the use of such impact investing affects the meaning of humanitarianism as well as humanitarian principles and ethics. Practically, the research explores whether and under what circumstances impact bonds are suitable for financing humanitarian actions.

Development and Humanitarianism in an Unequal World NWSSDTP Alumni

Margot Tudor (2017 Cohort)

Blue Helmet Bureaucracy: Peacekeeping as Colonial Ambition, a Lesson in Governance, and the Exploitation of ‘Humanitarianism’

This project historicises United Nations peacekeeping interventions in post-colonial contexts. It investigates how these missions provided legitimate environments for UN staff to direct the design of sovereignty in newly independent or decolonising territories. It challenges the concept of the UN as a homogenous humanitarian agency and demonstrates the divisive organisational anxieties bound up in the development of the post-colonial international order.

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