'This interdisciplinary programme allowed me to explore and learn new theoretical concepts and methods and also gave me the opportunity to specialise, for example in environmental topics, education, governance, urbanisation, health, etc.' - Lennart Funck.
The Programme Director of the MSc in International Development Studies is Dr. Courtney L. Vegelin.
In addition to being programme director, Courtney Vegelin also lectures in International Development Studies (IDS) for the Master’s Programme and for the Bachelor Minor Programme IDS. Her academic background is in International Relations, in which she also taught for many years before joining the IDS programme. Her research interests include exploring the multi-scalar, multi-stakeholder, and relational contexts in which social inclusion and political agency is denied, how such phenomena can be interpreted through global agreements such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and how and why notions of transparency and accountability are making their way more firmly into global development discourse. Her main passion, however, is teaching, sharing new ideas and knowledge from within the field of International Development to students, engaging with students’ own knowledge and experience, and helping to build a global community in the classroom.
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