“SIID offers an opportunity to get involved with different aspects of development studies at the University, often allowing you to hear about ideas, research and initiatives that are happening beyond your own departmental boundaries. It gives you the chance to think about development from different theoretical and philosophical perspectives and potentially challenges the way you think about your own work.
During my time at the University, SIID has offered a number of different events and opportunities. In particular the reading group and the research network events have provided regular spaces to take some time out from your own research and to broaden the way you think about development. I also enjoyed being part of the SIID postgraduate conference organising committee, a valuable insight into coordinating and running a conference. The conference itself also provides an informal environment to experience how conferences work and an opportunity to meet other students who have an interest in international development from across the university, and further afield. I’ve also really enjoyed the events that SIID have put on as part of a wider process of public engagement.”