James Georgalakis

James Georgalakis

Director of Evidence and Impact

James is the Director of Evidence and Impact at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), helping to shape the Institute’s approach to research communications, strengthening evidence use and evaluating research impact.

As part of the Institute’s Strategic Leadership Group, James manages both IDS’ Communications and Engagement Team and its Knowledge Impact and Policy Team. He is chair of the Fundraising Ethics Committee and the Information and Communications Technology Committee.

James is currently enrolled at the University of Bath as a Doctoral Candidate in Policy Research and Practice. His research interests relate to the role of networks and relationships in the mobilisation of research knowledge for development. He is also Director of the popular IDS professional development course ‘Shaping Policy with Evidence‘.

James has worked in the not-for-profit sector since 2000, predominantly in policy communications and advocacy roles. He joined the international development sector in 2005. Since joining IDS in 2010 he has played a key role in ensuring that IDS research has a real and lasting impact on policy and behaviours and strengthening the positive external perceptions and identity of the Institute.



Covid-19 Responses for Equity (CORE) Knowledge Translation Support

This knowledge translation project aims to increase the visibility, support and uptake of research generated by IDRC’s cohort of CORE research projects, to foster evidence-based policymaking for response to and recovery from the socio-economic impacts of Covid-19.


Covid Collective Research Platform

The Covid Collective Research Platform will offer a rapid social science research response to inform decision-making on some of the most pressing Covid-19 related development challenges.


The Impact Initiative

Six year initiative that seeks to maximise the impact of research funded by the ESRC-FCDO Strategic Partnership.



We need to talk about equity in knowledge mobilisation

A movement towards equitable research partnerships and knowledge production has swept across research communities. However, we seem to hear much less about equitable knowledge exchange and mobilisation. Nonetheless, research engagement practitioners are becoming increasingly aware of the...

12 January 2023


Research for change in low- and middle-income countries

Leading thinkers from Africa, South Asia and Latin America are working with an international research team to explore how research evidence and diverse types of knowledge can promote safer, healthier and more equitable lives for all. They have identified four modes of knowledge translation that...

8 June 2022



The Socioeconomic Impact of Covid-19 in Low- and Middle-income Countries: A Synthesis of Learning from the Covid-19 Responses for Equity Programme

This report provides a snapshot of the research undertaken and published by members of the IDRC-supported CORE programme. It sets out the main themes addressed by the research in relation to Covid-19 impacts on industries, sectors and socioeconomic groups in locations across Africa, Middle East,...

10 October 2022


Pathways to Impact in the Pandemic

Covid Collective Helpdesk Report 10

This report is based on an analysis of 90 research projects supported by the Covid Collective, COVID CIRCLE, and Covid Response for Equity (CORE) initiatives. It provides an overview and insight into how different funders and initiatives were working to facilitate change in the context of the...

Joe Taylor
Joe Taylor & 3 others

14 September 2022


Maximising the Impact of Global Development Research – A New Approach to Knowledge Brokering

This report, by the Impact Initiative for International Development Research, provides an approach for brokering evidence across large research investments. It is based on six years of work undertaken by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and the REAL Centre based at the University of...

Pauline Rose

9 March 2021

James Georgalakis’s recent work


IDS vacancy: Research Fellow – Knowledge, Impact and Policy Cluster

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is looking for a new full-time Research Fellow for our Knowledge, Impact and Policy (KIP) Cluster. This is an exciting opportunity to join IDS in a new research and leadership role that will bring together the theory and practice of knowledge for...

14 February 2023