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About us

Four universities - one school

The Research School on Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction (the Development Research School) is an international collaboration between Lund University, Uppsala University, Gothenburg University and the University of Ghana.

It was created in January 2022 and deals with sustainable development and poverty reduction in low-income countries, with a particular focus on aspects of governance, power, and inequality. 

We wish to enhance collaboration and networking amongst PhD students from different disciplines and PhD programs at different universitites.

The School has two overarching objectives:

  1. to contribute to high-quality and boundary-crossing doctoral research in the focus area.
  2. to strengthen collaboration and networks between the four partner universities and between individual doctoral students within and beyond these universities.


The Development Research School is organised as a partnership between the universities of Lund, Gothenburg and Uppsala, and University of Ghana.

While the school is coordinated and administered by Lund University, a programme committee and an international advisory board will oversee its work.

The school will be open to doctoral students from the four partners but also from other universities and from any discipline.

The work program is structured in five activities:

  1. jointly developed interdisciplinary doctoral courses
  2. regular research seminars
  3. policy dialogues 
  4. a mobility programme
  5. other capacity-building and skills training activities


The Development Research School will collaborate and profit from existing networks and collaborations within, between and beyond the four partner institutions, for example with Swedish Development Research Network (SweDev) and Lund University Agenda 2030 Graduate School.

Contact us

  • Kristina Jönsson
    Programme coordinator: kristina [dot] jonsson [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se
  • Sandra Jakobsson
    Communications officer: sandra [dot] jakobsson [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se