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UNGA74: governments must commit to social science for ‘health for all’

As global leaders come together for the 74th UN General Assembly, a major focus will be the High-Level Meeting: ‘Universal Health Coverage: Moving Together to Build a Healthier World’ on 23 September. This is a global opportunity to mobilise the highest political support for the achievement...

19 September 2019


IDS alum, Mujtaba Piracha, appointed as envoy to World Trade Organization

Dr Muhammad Mujtaba Piracha has been appointed as Pakistan’s ambassador to the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Piracha, a governance expert specialising in public financial management, completed his PhD at IDS in 2016. His PhD thesis was on sub-national taxation. His...

18 September 2019


Podcast series brings together ideas for progressive change

IDS is celebrating one year of its podcast series –between the lines— about ‘books for a better world’, with a special episode that brings together clips from all the episodes across the series. The series launched with IDS’ Robert Chambers, a researcher and development...

3 September 2019


IDS Bulletin asks whose power matters when it comes to food?

As debates around plant-based diets for the health of the planet continue to occupy public and political discourse, the latest IDS Bulletin argues that there is an urgent need to understand the diverse perspectives involved in the food system for a sustainable future. Drawing attention to the...

2 September 2019


Climate and inequality highlighted as biggest global challenges

As IDS begins to develop its upcoming five-year strategy (2020-25), reflecting on recent years and our current strategy, and thinking about where global development is headed. We have been asking others on Twitter what they think are the critical global challenges of our time, and what is needed...

14 August 2019


Call for Session Proposals: Contested Natures – Pollen Conference 2020

The Political Ecology Network (POLLEN) Third Biennial Conference will be held in Brighton, United Kingdom on 24-26 June 2020 on the theme of Contested Natures: Power, Possibility, Prefiguration. The organisers have issued a call for proposals for themed sessions in a variety of both...

7 August 2019


New IDS Bulletin on the political economy of food

This new issue of the IDS Bulletin, edited by Jody Harris, Molly Anderson, Chantal Clément and Nicholas Nisbett examines a range of perspectives on power in food systems, and the various active players, relationships, activities, and institutions that play a major role in shaping them. It...

6 August 2019


Top summer reading and resource recommendations

For student’s looking to start their postgraduate degree in international development and for anyone with an interest in development studies, we have put together a selection of recently published titles that reflect a wide range of themes. Books The Water–Food–Energy Nexus Jeremy...

29 July 2019


What are the critical global challenges of our time?

The world is facing a series of really big global challenges from climate change to pandemics to conflict. These are challenges that affect everybody everywhere, and to tackle them we need to bring together knowledge, theories, practices, experiences and ideas, from people and organisations all...

22 July 2019


In memory of Professor Ephraim Wadonda Chirwa

Professor Ephraim Chirwa, the Director of Research-Africa of the Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA) Programme and a founding member of the Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC), passed away after a sudden illness on the morning of 15 July 2019. An economist by training (with...

18 July 2019