IDS is a world-leading centre in international development studies with over 50 research students, working on a range of research topics in many parts of Asia, Africa, the Balkans, Latin America and the Middle East. IDS is dedicated to research on processes of social, political and economic development and change in order to understand problems of poverty and development related issues within local communities, national political and economic systems, and in the international system.
The IDS research agenda encompasses many important development challenges. Research is driven by the academic and policy-oriented activities of individual researchers. Our research clusters provide a flexible and evolving structure for research, and over time they have shifted their focus in response to new priorities and interests. We also host many major research centres such as the STEPS Centre, Future Agriculture Consortium etc.
Our research has been consistently rated at the highest level producing world class, cutting edge original research that have made significant impact to individuals, institutions and societies around the world. IDS Fellows have considerable experience of living and working in the developing world, and most have engaged in policy relevant research and consultancy work with international development agencies or non-governmental organisations.
Candidates share their working space creating synergies and community support between other PhD students with a shared social space for discussion. All students are part of the IDS research community and have access to research, knowledge, communication and teaching opportunities and engagement with the IDS staff, as well as a thriving series of seminars presented by development professionals and practitioners and key academic speakers.
We have a large and diverse postgraduate population and alumni network from around the world. Our graduates are employed by the world's major development agencies and universities in roles such as government ministers, policy makers, economists and civil servants. Recent placements include the DFID, ODI, World Bank, UNEP, UNDP, University of Leeds, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Swiss Development Agency, and BRAC.
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Last updated October 13, 2017