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James Georgalakis

Director of Communications and Impact

James is the Director of Communications 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 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 Covid-19 pandemic is a global crisis requiring rapid generation of policy-relevant evidence to inform...


The Impact Initiative

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



Please follow the science (but not too much!)

Earlier this week, we heard that UK politicians insufficiently challenged the Covid-19 scientific advice coming from our Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE). However, we were also told that they can’t deal with complexity and may have misunderstood the advice. Some of this...

14 October 2021


The Covid-19 recovery: whose evidence will count?

The Covid-19 Pandemic has highlighted the contested nature of research and the politics of knowledge. As we start the journey to recovery, there are important lessons for how we better connect evidence to policy. Coinciding with news of a successful Covid-19 vaccine trial, IDS announced two...

2 December 2020


James Georgalakis’s recent work


Making the case for the UK’s investment in interdisciplinary research

At a time of increasing scrutiny of UK Aid-funded university research, leaders of UK research councils and the Department for International Development (DFID) came together at the Wellcome Collection on 8 July, to discuss how to maximise the impact of the UK’s investment in interdisciplinary...

16 July 2019