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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 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


IDS ranked in top two international development think tanks

The Institute of Development Studies has been ranked second out of 132 international development think tanks in the 2018 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report, retaining its ranking from the 2017 index. The Institute has also been ranked fourth out of 95 university-affiliated think tanks, a...

1 February 2019