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Rory Stanton


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Personal profile


Rory Stanton is a lecturer and Programme Co-Director in Human Resource Development (International Development) in the Global Development Institute (GDI).

After working initially for the private sector in Ireland, Rory spent five years working for UNICEF in southern Africa as an Assistant Project Officer for the organisation’s HIV/AIDS Prevention Project in Zimbabwe, and as a Communications Officer for UNICEF-Lusaka in Zambia. Following this, Rory returned to Ireland where he studied for an MA in the Sociology of Development and the Anthropology of Globalisation at the University College Cork. He later took his studies further by undertaking doctoral studies at the Institute for Development Policy and Management (now GDI). His research, focusing on the Zambian context, explored how the disparities between the development practices of large NGOs and historical migration practices produce conflicting developmental worldviews and aspirations.

Upon completion of his PhD studies Rory worked as a development and editorial consultant for various educational and policy institutes including the University of Manchester and the Korean Institute of Public Administration. He returned to academia through facilitating participatory research seminars for the Development Informatics Group in IDPM/GDI and progressed to course convenor, and then to his current role on HRD (International Development) programme.

Currently, Rory convenes the HRD programme’s core research and gender and development modules, and he is a guest lecturer on other core modules.

Further information

Rory has supervised over 60 Masters students (on-campus and distance-learning) to successful completion of their research dissertations. These research topics have included HRD and creativity, NGOs from the point of view of practice, capacity development, empowerment, etc., gender and HRD, HRD in China, IT and HRD, and politics and social media.

Service and Leadership

Programme Co-Director, Human Resource Development (International Development) (2017 to date)

Chair of the GDI Mitigating Circumstances Committee (2018 to date)

Member of the GDI Mitigating Circumstances Committee (2016-2018)

GDI Equality and Diversity Champion (2019 to date)

Internal PhD Examiner

Membership of academic bodies

Member of Development Studies Association 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Breaking the Bonds of the Local: Global Social Networks and Development, The University of Manchester

1 Sept 200430 Jan 2009

Award Date: 14 May 2009

Master of Arts, Development Studies, University College - Cork

Award Date: 19 Sept 2001

Areas of expertise

  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Development
  • Development communication
  • Development Studies
  • Global Political Economy
  • HM Sociology
  • Development Studies
  • GN Anthropology
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
  • Global Cultural Economy

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global inequalities
  • Global Development Institute


  • Development Organisations
  • Human Resource Development
  • Development Practice
  • Ethnoscapes
  • Research methods