IDS ranked in top five of international development think tanks

Published on 27 January 2017

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) has been ranked fourth out of 130 international development think tanks in the 2016 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report, just behind Chatham House, the Brookings Institution and the Korean Development Institute. Recognising our important partnership with the University of Sussex, the Institute has also been ranked fifth out of 90 university-affiliated think tanks.

The index report published by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2016. The index catalogues nearly 6,500 think tanks globally and contacted 4,750 journalists, academics, donors and policy makers as part of the nominations process.

IDS Director, Melissa Leach said:

“I’m delighted that IDS and our partners at the University of Sussex have been recognised in this way. In an ever-more challenging global context, I think it reflects the strategic emphasis we place on engagement around, and practical application of the research and evidence we generate, as well as the quality, impact and range of international development research and courses at IDS and across the Sussex campus which have a world class reputation.”

Sussex global centre for international development research

In 2016 QS University Rankings ranked the University of Sussex with IDS as the top university in Europe for Development studies, and second only to Harvard globally. Together the development teaching and research at Sussex, which includes IDS, achieved the highest possible score for academic reputation – 100.4, placing it first in the world on this criterion.

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