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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


IDS student receives social impact prize for startup enterprise

IDS master’s student, Yoko Inagaki, has been awarded an £8,000 prize in the University of Sussex's annual student enterprise competition. Yoko, who is currently studying for an MA in Globalisation, Business and Development at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) was awarded second...

2 April 2020


IDS and Sussex alumna Sosan Aziz wins British Council Social Impact Award

IDS and Sussex alumna Sosan Aziz has won a prestigious British Council Alumni Award in Pakistan’s Social Impact Category. The Award recognises the outstanding achievements of alumni with a UK higher education whose work has positively changed their society or community. This year, more...

2 March 2020


IDS at the World Urban Forum

We’re excited to be participating in the upcoming Tenth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10). Convened by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the World Urban Forum has become the premier international gathering for addressing the challenges of sustainable...

5 February 2020


IDS ranked best international development policy think tank

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) has been ranked as best international development policy think tank in the 2019 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report. The ranking puts IDS above Brookings Institution and the German Development Institute, in an index that includes more than 131 think...

31 January 2020