Institute of Development Studies, UK


International Cooperation

IDS works collaboratively with research and academic institutions, government ministries and agencies, multilateral organisations, non-government organisations (NGOs) that range from big international charities to local advocacy groups, as well as philanthropic foundations and commercial companies, in all parts of the world.

Below is the list of all present and past partner and organisations we have worked with:

Research Institutes and Universities
Networks and Associations
Government Ministries, Bilateral Agencies and Political Parties
Philanthropic Organisations
Multilateral Organisations
Non-Governmental Organisations
Research Councils
Consultancy and Media Companies

Brief Introduction

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is a leading global institution for development research, teaching and learning, and impact and communications, based at the University of Sussex. The vision is of equal and sustainable societies, locally and globally, where everyone can live secure, fulfilling lives free from poverty and injustice. We believe passionately that cutting-edge research, knowledge and evidence are crucial in shaping the changes needed for our broader vision to be realised, and to support people, societies and institutions to navigate the challenges ahead. Through our commitment to engaged excellence we work towards transformations that reduce inequalities, accelerate sustainability and build more inclusive and secure societies. We do this neither as a university organisation nor a thinktank, but by combining elements of both in a unique mix that is articulated in our engaged excellence approach.  Since 1966 IDS has been working with partners to tackle complex development challenges and contribute the evidence, analysis, theory and facilitated learning that can help communities, practitioners and decision-makers at all levels work together for practical, positive change. Our partnership with the University of Sussex supports and accredits our teaching and learning programmes, where in PhD studies and a range of high-level Masters’ courses we aim to produce a new generation of development thought, policy and practice leaders.

The Director of the Institute of Development Studies is Professor Melissa Leach.


Our international development research is organised into closely linked multidisciplinary research and knowledge clusters.

Business, Markets and the State
Investigating how and under what conditions businesses and market systems enable or constrain pathways for positive development, and the role of the state in these processes, and is currently developing its programme of work through the IDS Business and Development Centre.

A focus on the circumstances of poor and vulnerable people and explores ways in which different forms of inequalities interact to produce both good and bad outcomes for people in cities.

Conflict and Violence
Developing new insights into how people live and interact in contexts of conflict and violence, and what institutions best support them.

Digital and Technology
The Digital and Technology Cluster research will challenge prevailing technocratic views by highlighting inequalities that Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) may cause.

Gender and Sexuality
Our research strives towards a world free of social and gender injustice, where unequal gendered power relations are transformed and the rights of all human beings are upheld in ways that both challenge and transcend axes of social difference, including sexual orientation, class, race, ethnicity, religion and disability.

The Governance Cluster identifies the following sub-themes of research to ensure citizens are represented and governed fairly in a world of changing state authorities.

Green Transformations
Accelerating sustainability is a priority theme of IDS. The undeniable search for more material prosperity by more and more people undermines the sustainability of human life on our planet. The newly established Green Transformations Cluster concentrates on this dilemma and the name seeks to bring this out.

Health and Nutrition
The Health and Nutrition Cluster pursues programmes of research and policy engagement on health systems, nutrition and understandings of zoonotic diseases.

Participation Cluster research focuses on issues of systematic social exclusion facing women, people living in extreme poverty, people with disabilities, slaves and bonded labourers and others.

Power and Popular Politics
Power and Popular Politics Cluster focuses on the governance struggles of non-elites. We rearticulate understandings of society and government from a popular perspective.

Resource Politics
Resource Politics Cluster believes accelerating sustainability needs to go beyond current ‘think global, act global’ thinking, which emphasises the need for large-scale responses to resource challenges and the uncertainties brought by global environmental change.

Rural Futures
The Rural Futures Cluster seeks to support the emergence of pathways that deliver both greater social justice and sustainability for rural people and places, while recognising their important interconnections with urban areas.


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