Opportunities to join IDS as a Research Fellow

Published on 4 January 2023

IDS is recruiting up to three Fellows to join our research clusters. This includes two vacancies to join the Rural Futures cluster as Social Protection Fellow and a vacancy to join the Digital and Technology cluster as Cluster Leader.

Social Protection Fellows

The Rural Futures Cluster supports the emergence of development pathways that deliver both greater social justice and sustainability for rural people and places, while recognising their important interconnections with urban areas and the links between local change processes and those at national and global levels.

We are seeking to appoint up to two Research Fellows to contribute to our ongoing research into the dynamics of vulnerability and policy responses to poverty reduction. The Research Fellows will participate in shaping new research agendas and developing research projects with partners in lower income countries and it is intended that these appointments should contribute particularly to social protection research activity across the Institute.

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Digital Cluster Leader

Since the Digital and Technology cluster was formally established in 2014 it has grown in reflection of broader trends in development, where we are now looking at how digital technologies are reconfiguring social relations and geopolitical realities. This is an exciting and important time for the Digital Cluster and we need to expand to meet the potential. We are therefore seeking to recruit a new Research Fellow who will also assume the role of Cluster Leader to provide intellectual leadership and strategic direction.

Applicants will have a PhD in a relevant discipline or, exceptionally, equivalent research experience. The successful applicant will have evidence of making an impact or have been formative thinkers in the field of Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D), digital development or related fields. Evidence of making a contribution in ICT Policy spaces and debates, or in relevant NGOs or activist organisations is also essential. Applicants should have experience of leading and managing staff groups and be able to demonstrate their experience and ability to raise research funds.

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About IDS

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) delivers world-class research, learning and teaching that transforms the knowledge, action and leadership needed for more equitable and sustainable development globally.

At IDS we aim to ensure that our core values based on respect, resourcefulness, excellence and inclusivity are reflected in the environment we work in.

Working at IDS offers a unique and exciting opportunity. IDS is home to researchers, knowledge workers, support staff and about 200 students.

Key contacts

Kenya Simpson Martín

HR Coordinator - EDI, Recruitment & Onboarding

+44 1273 915873


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