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The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) based at the University of Sussex is a global organisation for research, teaching and communications on international development.

In all its work, IDS aims to challenge convention and to generate fresh ideas that foster new approaches to development policy and practice.

IDS has five research teams based on the following themes:

IDS also has eight postgraduate programmes and a variety of knowledge services (including id21, Eldis, the British Library for Development Studies, and BRIDGE).


Management and Funding

Established in 1966 as an independent research institute, IDS has close links with the University, but is financially and constitutionally independent.

The Institute's Board of Trustees consists of up to 20 members, the majority of whom are independent. The current Chair of Trustees is Richard Manning.

Notable Academics

In the early years of IDS, Dudley Seers served as Director and Professorial Fellow from 1967 to 1972. Hans Singer, who was knighted in 1994 in recognition for his service, was also a Professorial Fellow from 1969 until 2006. John Toye[1] was Director of IDS from 1987-97. Alison Evans[2], an IDS graduate and IDS Research Fellow from 2005-6 is now Director of the Overseas Development Institute.


  1. ^ John Toye's Biography on World Who's Who website
  2. ^ Alison Evans' Biography on the Overseas Development Institute website

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