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Carol Smithyes

Communications Officer

I am communications specialist with over 15 years’ experience of designing and delivering strategic and practical applications for communication for development.

My current role as Communications Officer in the Communication and Engagement Unit at IDS is to help create an environment that enables IDS to position itself as a trusted source of expertise on development, to communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences, and to ensure IDS’s profile reflects its values and approach. Providing strategic corporate communications support and coordinating cross-institutional communications activities are an integral part of this work.

My responsiblities involve marketing, project management, media and PR activities, production of multimedia and other online content, editing, event management, website development, design and production of publications, strategy development and policy engagement.



Careers in international development

International development offers a wide range of career opportunities. IDS postgraduates have gone on to work as ministers in national government, high-level officials in development organisations such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank, civil servants, leaders...

7 October 2019

Carol Smithyes’s recent work


Global Development: A review of 2019 and a glimpse into 2020

It has been another busy year for IDS and our project partners, and an important year for international development.   At a time when the world is grappling with a series of dramatic social and political shifts, our work continues to bring important new evidence, insights and engagement to...

19 December 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