Postgraduate research (PhD and DBA)

Our work focuses on finding workable solutions to development problems and strengthening institutional capacities

We host more than twenty PhD and DBA (Doctor of Business Administration) researchers studying various aspects of the connection between socio-economic development and digital systems/data.


You can apply for our PhD research programmes through either the Global Development Institute (GDI) or the Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS):

Scholarship and funding

Details of PhD scholarships are available online:

DBA (Doctor of Business Administration)

DBA study is suitable if you are in continuing employment.  For example, you may be working on development informatics in an international agency, NGO, private company or government organisation.  Our DBA programmes take between four and five years with two annual visits to Manchester during this time.

To apply for a DBA programme, please visit the Alliance Manchester Business School website:

Research focus

The Centre has a particular interest in candidates working in areas complementary to our focal research themes, especially:

  • data-intensive development
  • data justice
  • data science and development
  • digital economy
  • digital inequality
  • digital labour
  • digital platforms
  • digital startups
  • digital trade
  • e-agriculture
  • e-/m-health
  • e-resilience
  • gender implications of ICTs
  • ICT4D champions
  • ICTs and civil society organisations
  • ICT policy
  • industry 4.0
  • m-finance
  • socially-responsible outsourcing (impact sourcing)


We are looking for those with:

  • a high merit or distinction level masters degree from an internationally recognised university in an appropriate topic (eg information systems, management, or development, among others);
  • good English skills; and
  • a relevant topic for study backed by a proposal that demonstrates an ability to work with academic theory.