On 1 March 2015, 15 mid-career professionals started the GPAC2 programme to obtain a PhD in Governance and Policy Analysis. This year’s group is made up of eight women and seven men, representing all continents: four European, two Asian, two African, three North American, three South American and one Australian.
During the first week, the requirements of a PhD were explained, and the fellows participated in an intensive PhD research methodology class. The foundations for academic research were made clear during lectures, workshops and discussion sessions.
During the second week, the first drafts of the PhD proposals were discussed with the institute’s academic staff. In addition, fellows participated in two out of four Master’s courses on ‘Poverty Measurement and Basic Social Protection Strategies’, ‘Growth Empirics’, ‘Comparative Political Economy’ and ‘Firms in a Globalized World’.
The two weeks were an intensive, successful start of the programme. The group interacted in a very open constructive manner, and the feedback from both fellows and teachers was positive. We look forward to hosting the second workshop in June, with more proposal discussions and research design and analysis classes.
Images: UNU / H.Pijpers, S.Brodin