The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is a leading global charity for international development research, teaching and communications.
Our vision is a world in which poverty does not exist, social justice prevails and economic growth is focused on improving human wellbeing. We believe that research knowledge can drive the change that must happen in order for this vision to be realised.
Founded in 1966, IDS enjoys an international reputation based on the quality of our work and our commitment to applying academic skills to real-world challenges. Our theory of change is at the heart of what we do. We think that knowledge should be generated by sound methodology and in partnership with other development and non-development actors.
IDS hosts six dynamic research teams, several popular postgraduate courses, and a family of world-class knowledge services. These three spheres are integrated in a unique combination – as a development knowledge hub, IDS is connected into, and is a convenor of, networks throughout the world.
The Institute is home to approximately 100 researchers, 40 knowledge services staff, 65 professional staff and about 200 students at any one time. But the IDS community extends far beyond, encompassing an extensive network of over 250 partners, 1600 alumni and hundreds of former staff across the development community worldwide.
The development research programmes at IDS are organised in six closely linked multidisciplinary teams.
Research on how climate change affects poor people and how policies for adaptation and low-carbon development are shaped by economic and political power.
Asian drivers of global change, China and India, regionalism, value chains and standards, putting enterprises and growth back onto the poverty agenda.
State capacity, collective action and public policy, politics, law and rights, security, conflict and fragile states.
Knowledge, Technology and Society Team
Health, agriculture, environment, making technologies work for the poor, science and citizenship.
Participation, Power and Social Change Team
Participation in politics and governance, institutional learning and change, the theory and practice of participation.
Vulnerability and Power Reduction Team
Social protection, conflict, ICTs, post MDGs, microfinance, food and agriculture, wellbeing, pro-poor policy processes.
IDS Knowledge Services aim to ensure that research knowledge makes a greater contribution to poverty reduction in the global South through the delivery and development of knowledge-sharing products, services, networks and organisations.
We use the term knowledge mobilisation to describe the process of making research relevant and more widely used in development policy and practice, by repurposing it and sharing it via appropriate media and networks.
IDS Knowledge Services are delivered by the Knowledge Services department and the Global Projects team in the British Library for Develpment Studies (BLDS) and a number of international partners. We have established and are responsible for developing and maintaining widely recognised and used research information services such as Eldis and BRIDGE.
We have worked in the knowledge for development sector for nearly 20 years, and have developed a considerable expertise in this area. We have established a range of partnerships with knowledge intermediary organisations in the South, including libraries, research institutions and civil society organisations. We work to build and share capacity with these organisations which themselves create and share innovative knowledge products and services.
We focus not simply on production and delivery of products and services, but are concerned with processes leading to behaviour change. We seek to have influence at the individual, institutional and sectoral levels to ensure that policy and practise isinformed by high quality evidence based research. We develop our work with partners with afocus on outcomes, results and value for money. We also have a strong focus on equity, diversity and gender mainstreaming.
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