Inequalities and Poverty

IDS works with global partners to generate new knowledge and evidence to identify the underlying causes of inequalities and poverty in all their dimensions and the progressive policies and practices that can help bring about transformative change.

Eradicating extreme poverty remains one of the world’s most pressing challenges, and addressing it requires the rising economic, social and political inequalities that harm people in rich and poor countries alike to be tackled.

IDS has also played a prominent part in promoting an approach that puts power at the heart of development analysis and contributed to strengthening understanding of the relationship between power, gender, sexual rights and poverty.

We continue to provide new analysis on inequalities and poverty trends, particularly in relation to the expansion of digital technologies and their impact on the lives of the poorest and most marginalised, and the growth of global cities and what this means for both urban and rural livelihoods, social relations and sustainability. Moreover, we work with governments, civil society, businesses and many others to help ensure this analysis shapes policies and programmes such as social protection and cash transfers to reduce poverty and vulnerability and strengthen livelihoods including agriculture.


Deepta Chopra

Professorial Research Fellow

Keetie Roelen

IDS Honorary Associate

Jerker Edström

Research Fellow

John Gaventa

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

Danny Burns

Professorial Research Fellow

Sohela Nazneen

Research Fellow

Patricia Justino

Professorial Fellow

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Upcoming Event

Pathways to Development Conference

The second Path2Dev Conference 2023 will be held from the 18 to 19 December 2023, at the Lahore University of Management Sciences in Lahore, Pakistan. We invite submissions of original research papers, paper sessions, and panel sessions on the theme of Inequalities and Social Justice. The work...

From 18 December 2023 until 19 December 2023

Upcoming Event

Decolonizing Humanitarian Action: A multiplicity of meanings, modes and methods

The movement to decolonise humanitarian action is gaining critical momentum. Join us for a webinar led by fellows from the Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform to get beyond the buzzwords and explore the multiple and emerging meanings, modes and methods for decolonising aid and...

14 December 2023


Podcast: Intersections in education: disability, development, and gender

Accessibility should be a cornerstone of society whether you are in a working environment or studying at a School or University, but often this aspect is neglected, even in modern societies. Indeed, research at IDS led by Stephen Thompson and Mary Wickenden has looked at different areas...

30 November 2023

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In an extraordinary time of challenge and change, we use more than 50 years of expertise to transform development approaches that create more equitable and sustainable futures. The work you do with us will help make progressive change towards universal development; to build and connect solidarities for collective action, locally and globally. The University of Sussex has been ranked 1st in the world for Development Studies for the past five years (QS World University Rankings by Subject).