UK Anchor Institution for China International Development Research Collaboration

IDS and the IDS Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development has been selected to be the role of UK Anchor Institution for Chinese development co-operation with the UK by DFID.

This is to build upon the increasing need for strong and regular collaborative links between researchers in the UK and in China to build long-term cooperation on a variety of development research topics. Chinese and UK research councils are working together more closely nowadays to organise joint calls. New UK funds such as the Newton Fund and Prosperity Fund are also creating new opportunities for China-UK collaboration. This project will create an institutionalised platform for UK and Chinese researchers and government policy actors to work together to respond to new joint opportunities.

China has become the major force for global development in recent years. China’s size and strategic importance means that its growth and growing influence, through global governance institutions and through initiatives such as the Belt and Road, will become increasingly critical for global development. This is especially the case in the context of the UN Global Goals, where China’s actions and investments, alone and in co-operation with other countries including the UK, will have a major influence on capacities to achieve multiple SDGs in a range of low and middle income countries. Support to China’s global development aspirations and actions, to ensure that these are aligned with the SDGS, requires rigorous evidence based research. Strengthening such research activity and mutual learning partnerships will be vital in meeting the Agenda 2030 ambitions globally.

IDS will manage a number of collaborative initiatives, especially with the China International Development Research Network (CIDRN). This will include the China and Global Development Seminar Series, international conferences, short training programmes for both Chinese and British researchers, events by development experts, research fellow visits to UK and Chinese universities and think tanks, and joint publications of the IDS Bulletin, among other activities.

Key contacts

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Jing Gu

Research Fellow, Centre Director


+44 (0)1273 915692

Project details

start date
1 May 2019
end date
31 March 2022


About this project



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Cal Hudson

Research Assistant

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Eric Kasper

Research Fellow

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Gerald Bloom

Research Fellow

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Jing Gu

Research Fellow, Centre Director

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John Gaventa

Research Fellow and Director, Action for Empowerment and Accountability (A4EA) programme

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Lisa Trebs

Research Assistant

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Martin Gardner

Project Support Officer

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