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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.

People

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Deepta Chopra

Research Fellow

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Keetie Roelen

Research Fellow / Co-Director, Centre for Social Protection

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Jerker Edström

Research Fellow

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John Gaventa

Director of Research

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Danny Burns

Participation Research Cluster Leader

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Sohela Nazneen

Research Fellow

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Patricia Justino

Cluster Leader and Research Fellow

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Mary Wickenden

Research Fellow

Programmes and centres

Projects

Project

Displacement, Placemaking and Wellbeing in the City

The Displacement, Placemaking and Wellbeing in the City project will contribute to our growing understanding of the structures, dynamics and processes through which people who are enduringly displaced succeed or fail to become part of European and Indian cities.

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News

Crowdsourcing images on authority in Lebanon and Jordan

As part of the Public Authority and Legitimacy Making (PALM) project in urban Lebanon and Jordan, the team has launched a call for communities to share images to show how authority is exercised by 30 May 2019. These images will contribute to the wider project and research on host-refugee...

17 April 2019

Publication

IDS Postgraduate Prospectus 2019

Postgraduate studies have been central to IDS since its foundation in 1966 as the UK’s specialist institution for teaching and research on international development. Our teaching and learning is shaped by our distinctive ‘engaged excellence’ approach. This means working in partnership...

11 April 2019