MA International Development Management (2004 – 2006)
I began the Masters Degree in International Development Management as a part time student in 2004 and graduated in 2006. When I took this course the Department was called the Bradford Centre for International Development, and I was able to complete the course whilst working at the same time. As I worked my way through the course I became interested and a variety of issues which I had not previously given consideration to, so while I began my course with an interest in macro issues related to free trade agreements and the effects of corporate globalisation I finished my MA with an interest in micro level issues such as empowerment and participation and wrote my Masters Degree Dissertation on public policy and the role of the state in providing equitable opportunities for communities to participate in the distribution of resources which are needed for poverty reduction.
After graduating in 2006 I had decided that I would like to pursue further work in academia and began to consider my options for further work. I spent some time working voluntarily within the department to gain further research experience, which in turn resulted part time paid employment as a research assistant working on social enterprise and early in 2008 I was proud to be part of a team of academics which secured the publication of a journal article. Shortly after this work was published I went to travel in Vietnam and Cambodia, whilst travelling I delivered lectures on social enterprise at the Vietnamese Universities of Ho Chi Minh City and Da Lat and whilst in Cambodia I was introduced to the social enterprise Mith Samlnh (Khmer for ‘Friends’) which is operated by an NGO called Friends International who exist to provide practical help to street children and their families.
My time spent travelling gave me some good practical experience and when I returned I secured further full time employment within the Department (now called Development and Economic Studies) as a research assistant and student dissertation supervisor. I also produced a series of case studies on social enterprise which were presented at a University of Bradford Conference on Regeneration, in turn my case studies (including a study of Mith Samlanh Cambodia) facilitated further published articles and in the first semester of 2008 I began lecturing work within DES, lecturing on Public Action, Development Policy Issues, Development Theory and Dissertation Research Methods, whilst also starting out on my PhD. I have recently played a role in the successful bid to the British Council in partnership with the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) in Cambodia and Friends International to develop a new module in Social Enterprise which will be delivered in Cambodia to students of the RUPP post graduate development studies programme.