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IDPM research

At IDPM our research directly shapes public attitudes and values around international development issues.  Our work positively influences:

  • governments
  • international development agencies
  • non-governmental organisations (NGOs); and
  • corporate actors.


Our aim is to improve levels of wellbeing and social justice for marginalised and poor groups.  We work to secure both organisational and social change by directly influencing the strategies, policies and practices of a broad range of public and private agencies.

Our research explores emerging concepts from across the social sciences and our research contributes to the development of theory and policy.

The results of the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranked IDPM second in a Research Power ranking in Development Studies in the UK, with many of our researchers deemed to be 'world leading'.

Research themes

Research in IDPM is organised around ten themes:

  1. Development informatics
  2. Enterprise, technology and finance
  3. Environment and development
  4. Global urbanism
  5. Humanitarianism and development
  6. Organisations in development
  7. Poverty and social justice
  8. Social theory and development histories
  9. State-society relations
  10. Global production networks, trade and labour

About us

Our research is driven by both the academic and policy-related interests of individual researchers, and the activities of interdisciplinary research groups and centres from across SEED and The University.

Researchers have the independence and resource to pursue important ideas and issues that lie outside our major themes.

The Institute also hosts a number of world-class research centres focusing on key areas of development policy.

Our staff members provide research, consultancy, and policy analysis to governments, NGOs and international organisations.  We also promote economic and social development within lower income countries and disadvantaged groups.

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At IDPM, our research directly shapes public attitudes and values