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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.

He is also 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.

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.



The Impact Initiative

Five year initiative that seeks to maximise the impact of research funded by the ESRC DFID Strategic Partnership.



Why policy networks don’t work (the way we think they do)

The UK policy network that responded to the Ebola crisis which struck West Africa between 2013-16 far from being one cohesive community of experts and government officials may have been three competing groups. Despite successfully increasing political commitment to the social response to the...

25 September 2019


The bounded mutuality of research-policy partnerships

Engaging research with policy means dealing with the realities of partnering with those whose agendas and mandates differ to your own. The Impact Initiative for International Development Research, which has spent the last four years supporting over two hundred research projects funded by the...

11 June 2019


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