Institute of Development Studies

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) delivers world-class research, learning and teaching that transforms the knowledge, action and leadership needed for more equitable and sustainable development globally. Through equitable and sustainable partnerships, we work with governments, philanthropic foundations, non-governmental organisations, academics and civil society to transform approaches to progressive social, political and economic change in ways that ultimately make a difference to people's lives. We have helped foster innovative new partnerships that have generated millions of dollars in additional tax revenues in Africa that can be reinvested in countries' national development. We have worked to provide solutions to environmental problems that build on local people's knowledge and practices. We have highlighted the role of local communities in bringing an end to deadly epidemics like the Ebola virus. We have nurtured hundreds of exceptional development leaders and champions including political leaders, country Ambassadors and government officials, civil society leaders and entrepreneurs. 

Our reputation for research and international outlook is second to none and reflected in our performance in the latest QS World University Rankings where we are ranked first in the world for development studies, together with the University of Sussex. We are also ranked as the number one international development policy think-tank by the 2020 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report.

 Find out more about our vision and strategy. Read more about our impacts in our Annual Review IDS Offer: Postgraduate Learning We live in times of rapid change, facing urgent and complex challenges from climate change to accelerating uncertainty. You can be part of the global leading development studies research institute to bring actionable and positive change. You can make a difference. Join us to learn collaboratively with researchers and activists at the forefront of international development.

Our world-class postgraduate degrees and professional development programmes enable individuals and organisations to build the skills and knowledge needed for more equitable and sustainable development globally. Development Opportunities

We provide world-class, tailored and supportive professional development courses and learning opportunities for those working in non-governmental organisations, governments, multilateral agencies and research institutions to develop and put into practice the individual and organisational skills and expertise critical to realising transformative social change.