Institute for International
Cooperation and Development Studies

PhD Programme

The Development Studies PhD Programme is one of those offered by the University of the Basque Country/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (UPV/EHU). It is run by the Hegoa Institute and the departments of Applied Economics, Sociology and Social Work, Company Law, and the Gezki Institute. It holds the "Mention towards Excellence" awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Education.

Aimed at: People interested in furthering their academic education and specialising in the field of Development Studies.

The PhD Programme is aimed at training researchers in areas related to its underlying lines of research. The programme is interdisciplinary and fosters work on PhD theses aimed at delving further into a rigorous and critical analysis of globalisation, development processes and international cooperation.

Students are therefore offered the necessary academic guidance and methodology support to successfully completed their PhD thesis.

Entrance requirements

There are multiple and variable entrance channels, given the multidisciplinary and interdepartmental nature of the PhD programme. Therefore, there are no specific requirements limiting entrance to students from certain academic areas or fields, except for the statutory general requirements.

If you wish to learn more about the PhD programme, visit its web page on the UPV/EHU site.

In order to complete the pre-enrolment registration to the doctoral programme in Development Studies this documentation is required, standard for all UPV/EHU doctoral programmes, as well as a motivation letter and this thesis project form.


Karlos Pérez de Armiño
Professor and researcher

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Research lines

  • Gender and development
  • Development cooperation and humanitarian action
  • Development finance and microcredits
  • Rural development and food safety
  • Migrations and co-development
  • Appropriate technologies for human development and sustainability
  • Conflict, Security and Development
  • Development, globalisation and international economic flows
  • Culture, communication and development
  • International economic institutions and economic integration
  • Social exclusion, poverty and inequality
  • Environment and sustainable development
  • Labor relations, social rights and transnational companies
  • Local development and territory
  • Participation, democracy and human rights
  • Education, development and human capacities
  • Indicators and measurement of welfare and development
  • Social and Solidarity Economy

Doctoral theses