The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is a leading global institution fordevelopment research, teaching and learning, and impact and communications, based at the University of Sussex.
Our present 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.
The Institute is home to approximately 100 researchers, 70 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 360 partners, 2,100 alumni and hundreds of former staff across the development community worldwide.
The Institute is currently refreshing its vision, structures and strategy to meet the challenges of a rapidly-changing world.