The Bartlett Development Planning Unit


Careers and employability

This strongly interdisciplinary course attracts, among others, anthropologists, economists, geographers, lawyers, politicians and public administrators.

Since the course’s beginnings in the mid-1990s, graduates have been engaged in a diversity of professional positions , including in local, regional and national governments, consultancy firms, national and international NGOs, United Nations programmes, international aid agencies, multilateral organisations, think tanks and prestigious universities.

Many graduates return to their previous jobs while others embark on new careers after the course. Examples of organisations where recent graduates are employed include:

  • Asian Development Bank
  • Christian Aid (UK and West Africa)
  • EMBARQ India - The WRI Centre for Sustainable Transport
  • Entremundos, Guatemala
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • Heifer International
  • Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)
  • International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
  • Medical Research Council HIV/AIDS Programme (Uganda)
  • Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
  • Save The Children
  • United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
  • United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR)
  • United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
  • World Vision
  • International consultancy firms such as OCO Global, Halcrow (UK) and PADECO (Japan)

Some graduates also pursue advanced research degrees (e.g. PhDs), while several work as academics in reputed universities or as independent consultants.