IDS 50th Anniversary Activities

21 December 2015

IDS was founded in 1966 as a ‘special institution’, Britain’s first national institute of development studies. Working collaboratively with our global partners, IDS has an impressive international record of pioneering work in research, teaching and learning, and communications and impact.

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It has promoted innovative,multidisciplinary approaches to tackling some of the world’s biggest development challenges and is committed to continuing to do this as we move into a new post-2015 development era. To celebrate our fiftieth anniversary, IDS will be hosting a series of activities that bring together partners, alumni and colleagues to consider the opportunities and challenges the next 50 years will bring and ask how we can ensure a more equitable, sustainable and inclusive world for the twenty-second century.

Key IDS dates for 2016


  • IDS Graduation Ceremony (22 Jan)
  • IDS Bulletin open access platform goes live (25 Jan)


  • 2015–16 Spring Term begins (1 Feb)
  • IDS Bulletin launch event, London (2 Feb)
  • SPRU Jahoda Lecture (4 Feb)



  • IDS 50th Anniversary Party (20 April)


  • 2015–16 Spring Term ends (6 May)
  • IDS Alumni event in Brazil (13 May) 
  • IDS Anniversary Bulletin published: ‘An Intellectual History of Development Studies – Looking Back in Order to Look Forward’ (23 May) 
  • Brighton Fringe event (date tbc)


  • IDS Alumni event in Nigeria (2 June) 



  • SPRU Conference (7–9 Sept)
  • 2016–17 Winter Term begins (15 Sept)


  • Open access week (date and IDS activities tbc)


  • 2016–17 Winter Term ends (9 Dec)