UK Anchor Institution for the China International Development Research Network

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS), including the IDS Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development, is the UK Anchor Institution for the China International Development Research Network (CIDRN), funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

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, has 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 goals in a range of low- and middle-income countries.

Our role as the UK Anchor Institution responds to the increasing need for strong and regular collaborative links between researchers in the UK and China to build long-term cooperation on a variety of development research topics and provide the evidence needed to inform China’s global development and help achieve the Global Goals.

The CIDRN is a network of Chinese research centres, institutes and university departments, created and developed by researchers interested in China’s role in international development – and particularly, China’s engagement with other developing countries. The Network supports knowledge exchange and cooperation among Chinese researchers and between Chinese and international development communities, ultimately assisting with the formulation of Chinas’ international development policy.

IDS will work with CIDRN partners to deliver a range of activities to promote mutual learning. These include the China and Global Development Seminar Series, international conferences, short training programmes for Chinese and British researchers, research fellow visits to UK and Chinese universities and think tanks, and joint publications.

The UK Anchor Institution for CIDRN will also run the China Global Development Knowledge Network (CGDKN), a platform for researchers and government policy actors to work together to respond to new joint opportunities in a challenging time. To keep up to date with the latest news, events, publications and opportunities, subscribe to the newsletter.

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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Gerald Bloom

Research Fellow

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Jing Gu

Research Fellow, Centre Director

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Martin Gardner

Project Support Officer

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Poppy Bardwell

Project Manager

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Seife Ayele

Research Fellow

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Wei Shen

Research Fellow

Recent work

Past Event

China and international development: Knowledge, governance and practice

China’s rapidly changing role in international development is the subject of intense debate, with profound impact on economies, societies and the environment globally. Watch now https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3w9h1pG3NvA Against this backdrop, a new issue of the IDS Bulletin titled...

9 December 2021