Studying International Development at University of Reading, a Top 200 University in the World

British Council, Japan
1-2, Kagurazaka, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-0825 Japan
The director of the Graduate Institute for International Development, Agriculture and Economics (GIIDAE), University of Reading, will be giving a taster lecture on International Development. 

This event is of particular interest for those who would like to pursue a career in the fields of international development, agriculture, food marketing, or agricultural economics.

GIIDAE helps to prepare the next generation to address some of the biggest challenges faced by the world today. The master’s programmes offered at GIIDAE are designed to equip students with the relevant analytical and research skills that will help to combat global challenges, such as the pressure placed on finite natural resources from human and environmental change, increasingly complex nature of poverty, and the challenges of sustainable economic development and finance. 

GIIDAE offers international recognized teaching and research expertise (ranked in the top 10 worldwide for Agriculture – QS World University Ranking 2017 agriculture and forestry). Our diversity is our strength as students have the ability to choose modules from a broad variety of topics with everything from Agricultural Economics, to Food Security and International Development.
Studying at GIIDAE offers a globalized educational experience, excellent networking opportunities and placements overseas. 

About Reading
The University of Reading is one of the top 200 universities in the world. It is a global university with a world-class reputation for teaching, research and enterprise.  Academic staff pioneer multidisciplinary work in International Development, Agriculture, Food Security, English Language Teaching, Environmental Sciences, Literature, Construction & Built Environment, Meteorology and Art & Design.  

18:30-19:15 Academic lecture + Q&A session
19:15-19:45 Alumni 1 presentation
19:45-20:15 Alumni 2 presentation 
20:15 -21:00 individual counselling session with Dr Sarah Cardey (for SAPD programmes); and Vicky Li-Ong (for the rest subjects) 
21:00-21:30 wrapping up 

Facts and Figures 
QS World University Ranking 2018:  188th worldwide and 28th in the UK.  
Research rated as ‘internationally recognised’:  98%.  
Year of establishment:  1892.  
Location of Reading:  25 minutes from London by train.  
Campus size:  130 hectares. 

About speaker
Dr Sarah Cardey, Associate Professor

  • Programme Director for MSc Applied International Development 
  • Programme Director for MSc Communication for Development 
  • Teaching: Gender and Development, Communication for Innovation and Development, Principles of Communication Design for Development, Concepts and practices of communication 
  • Convenor of the Development Teaching Group 
  • Lead educator on Hungry Planet: People, food and agriculture Online Open Course (FutureLearn)
Key Facts:
Sarah is an interdisciplinary social scientist who specialises in gender and development, development communication and rural livelihoods. She has a BA from Mount Allison University, an MSc from the University of Guelph and a PhD from the University of Reading. Her primary research interests are in gender and development, development communication, farmer innovation, livelihoods and governance. She is also interested in policy-practice linkages, research into practice, and multidisciplinary approaches to development challenges. She is currently involved in projects with colleagues in Sudan, Uganda, Kenya and South Africa. These projects include looking at innovation systems in smallholder farming from a gendered perspective and monitoring and evaluation of participatory communication methodologies in development contexts. Past work includes experience in Uganda, Kenya, Sudan, South Africa, Cameroon, Togo, Mali, Ghana, India, Haiti, Canada and the UK. She works with both qualitative and quantitative methodologies and bring a gendered lens to the implementation, analysis and conduct of research. Prior to joining Reading, she worked in development communication in the field. For instance, she was a participatory media specialist. in Ghana, Togo and Mali with Canadian Crossroads International. She also served in Haiti as a development journalist for the Mennonite Economic Development Associates. 
She served as a co-chair of the Communication and HIV/AIDS Working Group of the International Association for Media and Communication Research from 2008 - 2015, and is an active member of the C4D Network. She have been invited to meetings and symposia about communication and development, including the World Congress on Communication for Development in 2007, a symposia about finding evidence to drive communication hosted by the Communication Initiative in 2010, and the Forum on Communication for Development & Community Media for Family Farming hosted by the FAO in 2014. In 2011, she was the lead organizer of the symposium entitled "Food Security and Poverty Alleviation Under Changing Environmental Conditions" held in Khartoum, Sudan. 

Sarah's primary research interests are:
  • Gender and development (including issues related to sexuality and development) 
  • Development communication, including communication and social change, HIV/AIDS communication and critical health communication in development 
  • Extension systems and innovation systems in smallholder agriculture 
  • Rural livelihoods



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