Celebrating PhD success

Published on 14 January 2021

Congratulations to all our postgraduate researchers who have recently completed their PhDs in Development Studies by Research!

The PhD in Development Studies by Research is IDS’s advanced research degree. It is awarded to candidates after a minimum of three years study, based on completion of original and significant research in the field of Development Studies – which is assessed through a written thesis.

Deepta Chopra, IDS Fellow and Director of Doctoral Studies said:

“Our focus is to build competent, world-class researchers who can help us solve complex development challenges through a unique combination of rigorous methodology and cutting-edge subject matter. Congratulations to Tanvir, Jennifer, Gerardo, Annalena and their supervisors for this major accomplishment!”

Tanvir Ahmed

Thesis title: ‘Use of technology to access healthcare: an exploration of Health literacy and related disparity in Bangladesh’.

Supervisors: Linda Waldman and Gerry Bloom

Career path: Tanvir is currently a Research Associate at the University of Sheffield where his research focus is on reducing pre-term and still birth in the UK

Jennifer Castaňeda-Navarete

Thesis title: ‘Homegardens Dynamics and Livelihood Security in Yucatán, Mexico. A Mixed-Methods Approach. Doing now?’

Supervisors: John Thompson and Rachel Sabates Wheeler

Career path: Jennifer is currently working as a Policy Analyst for Institute for Manufacturing at the University of Cambridge.

Gerardo Torres Contreras

Thesis title: ‘The politics of wind energy in the isthmus of Tehuantepec: wind, land and social difference’

Supervisors: Ian Scoones and Peter Newell

Career path: Gerardo is working as Associate Lecturer at UCL and Research Officer at the STEPS Centre.


Annalena Oppel

Thesis title: ‘Inequality, private redistribution and social identity – An empirical investigation of personal networks of support in Namibia’

Supervisors: Keetie Roelen and Stephen Devereux.

Career path: Annalena is a Research Associate at UNU-WIDER and researcher at the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex.

Find out more information about our PhD programme


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