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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


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