Dr Farhad Hossain

Reader in Development Management and Policy

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BSc Hons., MSc (Public Administration); Licentiate, PhD (Administrative Sciences)

Programme Director (2013-Current): MSc Human Resource Management (International Development)

Associate Director for PhD Programmes and Research Training (2018-2021): School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED)  

Executive Board Member (2019-2022): Section on International & Comparative Administration (SICA), American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), USA 

Executive Editor (2009-2012): International Journal of Public Administration (Routledge) 

PhD Discipline Co-ordinator (2010-2013): PhD in Development Policy and Management

Programme Director (2006-2010): MSc in Organisational Change and Development

Visiting Scholar (2002-2003): Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), University of Pittsburgh, USA


I am based at the Management, Governance and Development (MGD) cluster at Global Development Institute (GDI). In addition to research, the MGD cluster manages the following reputed MSc programmes at GDI: MSc Human Resource Management (International Development); MSc Organisational Change and Development; and MSc Management and Implementation of Development Projects.

Prior to joining the University of Manchester in January 2006, I have held various academic positions at the School of Management, University of Tampere and the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy: Social and Public Policy, University of Jyväskylä, both in Finland and at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. I have also served as a visiting scholar in a number of foreign universities including the University of Helsinki in Finland, the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh and the University of Namibia in Southern Africa.

Over the years, I have extensively engaged with the PhD programme in Development Policy and Management at GDI/SEED and have supervised a large number of PhD students to successful completion. Besides teaching and research, I am the Programme Director of the MSc Human Resource Management (International Development).

Outside Manchester, I also examine PhDs  and serve as External Examiner to a number of postgraduate programmes in the UK and abroad. For further details regarding my academic and professional expertise please see the relevant information below.

Further information


I am Course Convenor and Lecturer for the following two MSc courses:

1. Development Practice: International Contexts and Worlds of Action

2. Organizational Psychology, Management and Change

Course Convenor for the following PhD courses - SEED PGR Research Modules (2018-2021):

1. Research Design and Methods: Contexts and Practices;

2. Methodological Approaches to Qualitative Research; &

3. Methodological Approaches to Quantitative Research

PhD Supervision

I have supervised the following PhD students to successful completion:

2018 Adorsu-Djentuh, Franklin: Implementation of Environmental Sanitation Policies: Assessing the Role of Local Actors in Ghana

2018 Kumasey, Anthony: Public Service Ethics, Values and Spirituality in Ghana: Challenges and Opportunities

2016 Almutlaq, T. Y. M.: Service Provision and Quality in the Context of Mega-events in Saudi Arabia

2014 Tan, H. T. R.: Performance Measurement of Social Services in the Voluntary Sector in Singapore

2014 Bawole, J. N.: Decentralisation, Local Government and NGOs in Ghana

2014 Alhassan, A.: Perfprmance Measurements of the Microfinance Sector in Ghana

2012 Baomar, H.: HRM and Public Sector Career Development in the Sultanate of Oman

2012 Sanyare, F.: Decentralised Local Governance and Community Development in Ghana

2012 Rohitarachoon, P.: Human Resource Capacity Building and Local Governance in Thailand

2012 Verma, M.: Public Private Partnerships in Road Transport Infrastructure in India

2011 Ishii, R.: Decentralised Local Government in the Philippines

2010 Priyadarshee, A.: Microfinance, Social Protection, Poverty and Service Delivery in India

2010 Ghalib, A.: Management of  Microfinance Programmes in Pakistan

2010 Shahnawaz, S. A.: Policy Instruments and Resource Curse in Extractive Industries in Sub-Saharan Africa

2008 Adjei, J. K.: Microfinance, Asset-building and Poverty Reduction in Ghana

External Examiner: Postgraduate Taught Programmes

SOAS - University of London; University of Bergen, Norway; University of Birmingham; University of Ghana Business School, Ghana

External Examiner: PhD Degrees

University of Birmingham, University of Bath, University of Canberra (Australia), University of York, University of Reading, University of Helsinki (Finland), University of Stirling, University of Bradford, Swansea University, Birmingham City University, Liverpool John Moores University, Manchester Metropolitan University, Middlesex University, University of Abertay Dundee, University of Central Lancashire, Bangor University, University of Tampere (Finland), University of Salford, and University of Surrey

Country Experience

Bangladesh, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Namibia, Nepal, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Sweden and USA


Research Networks and Beacons


  • Public Administration and Policy, International Development, Development Management, Governance Reform, Capacity Building, Organisational Behaviour

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