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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


Making the case for the UK’s investment in interdisciplinary research

At a time of increasing scrutiny of UK Aid-funded university research, leaders of UK research councils and the Department for International Development (DFID) came together at the Wellcome Collection on 8 July, to discuss how to maximise the impact of the UK’s investment in interdisciplinary...

16 July 2019


Civic space and participation critical to meeting Global Goals

IDS researchers will join international partners at the United Nations High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) to call for a greater focus on participation and recognising, respecting, promoting and fulfilling human rights for all, as well as tackling the problem of closing...

8 July 2019


IDS announces new Director of Research

IDS is excited to announce that Peter Taylor has been appointed IDS’ new Director of Research. Peter will start the role on at the beginning of January 2020. Peter Taylor has more than 30 years’ experience in international development.  He is currently working at the International...

24 June 2019


IDS at the Development Studies Association annual conference 2019

Fellows, professional staff and students from IDS will be attending the Development Studies Association (DSA) annual conference to be held in Milton Keynes. This year’s conference is hosted by the Open University and has a central theme of ‘Opening up Development’.  A wide range of...

18 June 2019


IDS Director receives Lucy Mair Medal for Applied Anthropology

IDS Director, Melissa Leach has been awarded the Lucy Mair Medal 2019 for Applied Anthropology. The Medal, conferred by the Royal Anthropological Institute, honours excellence in the application of anthropology to the relief of poverty and distress, and to the active recognition of human...

17 June 2019


Holistic parenting education improves infant brain development

Failure to support healthy brain development can result in life-long consequences. With training, parents can become even more effective providers of the care and stimulation that babies and young children need to develop properly. Launched today, research conducted in Ngororero District,...

10 June 2019


IDS Director calls out unfair and damaging visa system

IDS Director, Professor Melissa Leach, has highlighted how a prejudiced UK visa system that is refusing visas for African researchers is undermining international collaborations and efforts to tackle global challenges such as the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo...

10 June 2019


IDS Strategy 2020-25 Development: Your Views Needed

As we move towards the five year anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development (Global Goals), the Institute has begun the process of developing its next five year strategy and is thinking hard about how it can contribute to accelerating much...

3 June 2019


Recommendations for G20 on achieving Universal Health Coverage

Recommendations from a group of health experts, including IDS Research Fellow Dr Gerald Bloom, highlight the vital role that the G20, who are due to gather in Japan in June 2019, can play in achieving universal health coverage (UHC).  UHC is a key target articulated in the United Global Goals...

24 May 2019