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New IDS Bulletin on China’s impact on international development

China’s rapidly changing role in international development is the subject of intense debate, with profound impact on economies, societies and the environment globally. Against this backdrop, a new issue of the IDS Bulletin  brings together analysis of the lead institutions and policies...

30 November 2021


In memory of John Toye

It is with regret we announce the death of former IDS Director John Toye who passed away on the 12 November. John’s research interests included: public finance; the political economy of development; international economic institutions and the history of economic thought. Early career John...

24 November 2021


IDS academic recognised in global list of highly cited researchers

For the second year in a row, Ian Scoones Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies has been included in the annual Highly Cited Researchers List that recognises the global influence of academics within their field. Ian Scoones is co-director of the ESRC STEPS Centre at...

16 November 2021


Engaging with business on climate change and sustainable development

For businesses to act on climate change, they need to hear a combination of messages that convey urgency but also an optimism that they can make a difference. This was one of the central arguments made at a roundtable last week on climate change, business and sustainable development hosted by...

10 November 2021



Why COP26 failed on fossil fuels

For the first time at a key climate summit, the F word got a mention in the final text: fossil fuels. Yet even then, extensive lobbying ended with the word fossil fuels being prefaced with ‘inefficient’, leaving scope for generous interpretation, and only ‘unabated’ coal is to be...

2 December 2021