International development policy requires a firm foundation of knowledge about development challenges and experiences, ability to apply a wide range of evaluative and analytical tools, an interdisciplinary approach to problem-solving, and communications skills.

Sanford faculty have active field research projects in more than 20 countries with expertise in economics, environmental engineering, political science, energy policy, quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods, migration, and many other applied areas.

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The Public Policy Studies major is a perennial top major at Duke University.


Executive Education

Please visit the Duke Center for International Development website for more information.


PhD in Public Policy


Our faculty generate knowledge at local, state, national and global scales. They have advised World Bank, USAID, the Millennium Challenge Corp., UNICEF and many field-based NGOs and community-based implementing organizations; trained thousands of foreign government officials in public finance and governance topics; identified crucial gaps in implementation of health care delivery globally and worked with global organizations to understand how to implement changes; worked to improve access to electricity and clean cook stoves in emerging economies, and much more.

Core Faculty: Development Policy

Featured Faculty & Research

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Eddy Malesky, Director, DCID


The Duke Center for International Development promotes sustainable development through its research, education and engagement with students, policy makers, practitioners, development partners, civil society and the private sector. 

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Professor Sarah Bermeo

Professor Sarah Bermeo

Sarah Bermeo's research lies at the intersection of international relations and development, with a particular focus on relations between industrialized and developing countries.


Student Feature

Alix Michael is pursuing dual degrees: a Master of International Development Policy and a Master of Science in Global Health. Recently, she wrote about meeting and hearing from internationally reknowned physician and medical anthropologist Paul Farmer at Sanford.

Read Alix's Student Perspective

Research Feature

Faculty member Anirudh Krishna and Sanford PhD candidate Emily Rains looked at 9,000 households in three Indian cities to explore social mobility in India’s urban slums. They found that volatility is high in slums and upward gains are precarious for residents.

Read their paper

Diversity Spotlight

MIDP arranged for a diverse panel of international development speakers for Global Career Days for MIDP and MPP students in fall 2020. Panels focused on International Development Management, Global Hot Topics, as well as Security and Peacebuilding.

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Alumni Spotlight

Bautista Logioco graduated in 2004 from the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University with a Master of International Development (MIDP) degree. Since then he has had a variety of international roles at the United Nations, including the World Food Programme, UN Women and the UN Development Program.

Watch his story

Featured Podcast

Dr. Jim Yong Kim

Our podcasts regularly feature stories about international development policy. In this episode of Policy 360: A conversation with Dr. Jim Young Kim. He served as the President of the World Bank, and co-founded the influential non-profit Partners in Health with Dr. Paul Farmer.

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Interested in pursuing a degree with a focus on international development policy? Great! The admissions page for each program has detailed guidelines, including our contact info. Please reach out!