Institute of Development Studies

Founding Year: 1966

Staff: 200


Melissa Leach (Director)

The Institute of Development Studies is a research institute that “delivers world-class research, learning and teaching that transforms the knowledge, action and leadership needed for more equitable and sustainable development globally.” It works 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.”



Institute of Development Studies contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals

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