Wednesday, 6 June, 2018 - 09:40

Fully funded PhD opportunity at Northumbria University.

This collaborative PhD opportunity between the International NGO, Christian Aid, and the Centre for International Development at Northumbria University will explore Christian Aid’s relationships with its supporters, how they view their contribution to international development, and the role of Christian Aid. The title: ‘Give, Act and Pray’: The dynamics of ‘transformational’ supporter engagement and global citizenship in relation to Christian Aid’s work in the UK.
Christian Aid is the official relief and development agency of 41 British and Irish churches.  It believes that building common cause between people in the global north and global south is key to shifting and ending poverty. However, the organisation recognises that social change is complex, and it wants to understand more about how change happens over the longer-term. To this end it has set up a study to follow the lives of their supporters (in the UK) and programme participants (in Kenya, Colombia) over the next 10 years in order to understand different perspectives on change, and the impacts of their work.
The research will be developed and managed between Professor Baillie Smith and Christian Aid. They are seeking applicants who have interests and/or experience in one or more of the following: international development; community development in the UK and internationally; civil society; participatory methods. For more information about the wider project or this PhD, please contact: Professor Matt Baillie Smith ( and/or Dr Kate Newman (

ANGEL Network,
Development Education Research Centre (DERC)
UCL Institute of Education
LIDC Building, 36 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PD

Partner organisations

Carousel image attribution: "panoramio (2525)" by William “Patrick” Ma. Under CC 3.0

The establishment of this network and website has been made possible with funding support from the European Commission.
The activities and publications of the network are the responsibilities of the organisers, the Development Education Research Centre, and can in no way be seen as reflecting the views of the European Commission.