The IDS Bulletin – transforming development knowledge for a new decade

Published on 15 January 2020

The IDS Bulletin is the flagship journal from the Institute of Development Studies , bringing together the latest thinking and research from IDS and its partners and presenting this in an accessible way for development practitioners, policymakers and researchers.

Since 1968 it has covered the major themes and influenced debates within international development. It has a well-established reputation for intellectually rigorous articles developed through learning partnerships. Each thematic issue is edited by IDS Research Fellow(s), drawing on contributions from within IDS and its global network of partners and collaborators, including academics, policymakers, NGOs and civil society.

Open access

Due to IDS’ open access policy we are proud to say that articles published are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Contributors to the IDS Bulletin are not required to pay individual Article Processing Charges (APC’s).


Our extensive archive – covering over 2,600 articles and 200 issues – features authors such as Naila Kabeer, Robert Chambers, Melissa Leach, Gordon Conway, Simon Maxwell and Andrea Cornwall to name but a few. This treasure trove of research is a must for readers and practitioners of development studies.

Recent issues have included:

Into the next decade

As well as our archive, and as we move into a new decade, we have an exciting set of issues planned for 2020 including:

  • Advancing Gender and Energy Research edited by Ana Pueyo and
    Mar Maestre
  • Collective Action for Accountability on Sexual Harassment: Global Perspectives and Experiences edited by Mariz Tadros and Jenny Edwards
  • 50 Years of Work on Pastoralism at IDS edited by Ian Scoones

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