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Hannah Corbett

Head of Communications and Engagement

Hannah leads the Communications and Engagement team which is responsible for the coordination, planning and delivery of cross-institutional corporate communications, publishing, marketing and policy engagement.

Hannah has fifteen years of communications and policy engagement experience working in, and with, academic institutions as well as organisations in the charitable, public and private sectors.

Since joining IDS she has helped develop and strengthen the institutional approach to external affairs and marketing, as well as designed and delivered  policy engagement training for postgraduate students, IDS staff and international research organisations and think tanks.

Prior to joining IDS, she worked in a communications consultancy providing strategic communications and engagement advice and running high profile political events for a wide range of clients including charities, unions, industry bodies and businesses.





Engaging Research with Policy and Practice

How can research evidence influence policy and practice? This Learning Guide seeks to draw out some of the key lessons from on successful approaches and impact lessons on effective use of research evidence to engage policy and practice.

1 November 2016

Hannah Corbett’s recent work


IDS response to COVID-19

COVID-19 has been declared a global pandemic  by the World Health Organization (WHO) which has urged strong government and community action worldwide.  In response, the Institute of Development of Studies (IDS) has decided to act swiftly to help reduce the spread of the virus, while...

12 March 2020


Social dimensions of the COVID-19 outbreak in China and beyond

IDS Director Professor Melissa Leach and Research Fellow Dr Hayley MacGregor have been working with colleagues at the Wellcome Trust and the WHO on integrating social sciences into the COVID-19 response, as the virus continues to cause concern globally. A new report has now been published on...

18 February 2020


Working across disciplines and sectors key to achieving Global Goals

Higher education must drive efforts to promote greater working across disciplines and sectors in order to generate the knowledge needed for meeting the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development (Global Goals) by 2030.  This is what IDS Director, Professor Melissa Leach told senior...

27 January 2020


IDS Director attends 2019 Sustainable Development Forum in Beijing

Around 600 participants from governments, academia and businesses across China and internationally gathered together in Beijing to discuss accelerating progress against the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development (Global Goals).  The conference also hosted the launch of...

30 October 2019