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Erin MacDermott

Communications Officer

Erin MacDermott is a Communications Support Officer at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). She is focused on Public Affairs and Media Relations and works to increase policy engagement with, and impact of, the Institute’s research output across all programmes.

Prior to joining IDS, Erin worked across a variety of public affairs and policy positions, from supporting cultural sector growth in the United Kingdom, to most recently working in Spain to increase public sector awareness and engagement with sustainable agriculture projects.

Erin holds a Bachelor of Science in Politics and Economics from the University of Bristol and a Master of Science in Climate Change, Development and Policy from the Institute of Development Studies. At IDS she is based in the Communications and Engagement Team.



A year in global development: a look back at 2022

The past year has been full of immense development challenges. Whilst the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic continued to exacerbate inequities, conflicts continued in Ethiopia and Yemen and a new war broke out in Ukraine. Extreme weather events caused by climate change caused devastation globally on an...

14 December 2022

Erin MacDermott’s recent work

Upcoming Event

Sussex Development Lectures

Global health priorities in a changing world

In this Sussex Development Lecture, Professor Charlotte Watts, Chief Scientific Advisor and Director for Research and Evidence in the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) will share some analyses of ongoing trends, and make some personal reflections on key future agendas,...

8 February 2023


New IDS Bulletin: Reframing climate and environmental justice

Questions of justice are relevant to all aspects of climate and environmental change, from how and where the impacts are felt the most, the allocation and prioritisation of funding, the type of responses that are considered, to how negative impacts can arise from mitigation, adaptation, or...

12 December 2022