About IDS Alumni

IDS Alumni blog will no longer be updated but you can read all the latest opinions from the IDS community on our website

This will be the last post to be published on this blog. The Institute of Development Studies now publishes all our members’ and guest bloggers’ posts directly onto our website.

Future posts from IDS Alumni will be found here:

IDS Alumni blog on the IDS website

Also, you can keep up to date with the latest opinion and expert analysis from your favourite development bloggers, comment on and share their posts, by visiting our website, following us on social media or subscribing to updates from the following IDS research and knowledge clusters:
We are sure you will continue to enjoy the conversation.

Best Wishes

The IDS Communications and Engagement Unit
IDS Alumni

IDS alumni are located all over the world and after studying at IDS go on to a range of careers in development. This makes the Alumni Blog uniquely placed to represent opinions on development from a diverse range of experience and professions, all of whom have IDS in common.

The IDS Alumni Association has a range of services on offer for alumni and existing students.

IDS Alumni Association Contact Database

Join the IDS Alumni Association, a thriving and rapidly growing network of development professionals. Share values, views and perspectives. Stay in touch with IDS staff, students, your own alumni cohort and of course other alumni. The Update your Details form asks you to update your details and seeks permission to share these with the groups mentioned above, it only takes a moment to complete. Please use your IDS username and password, if you need one contact the Alumni Office.

The British Library for Development Studies, (BLDS) gives alumni a free Help Desk service called Ask a librarian plus BLDS Updates (e-mail lists of the latest subject acquisitions). We have a Document Delivery, including a free service to research institutes in the South at no cost to the user, enabled by collaboration with the Global Development Network (GDN). As IDS alumni, you are free to use BLDS for reference only, for an unlimited time after you graduate. IDS alumni can get BLDS membership for a 50% fee reduction: £50 per year (50% discount), £25 for 6 months and £15 for up to three months. This entitles access to the BLDS collections and borrowing of up to 30 items.

E-mail for Life

E-mail for Life is a service available to all IDS alumni. It is a permanent e-mail address, with an option to redirect mail from that account to another e-mail address. For more information email the Alumni Office.

This page offers you career information, as well as information about post-graduation internship opportunities. Remember, you can get advice from the University of Sussex’s Careers and Employability Centre (CEC) up to three years after you graduate. We run a careers fair, which alumni are welcome to attend.

Publications Discount

Alumni are entitled to discounts on all IDS Publications. 33 per cent but increased to 60 per cent if you live in the South.

University of Sussex Alumni

As a former IDS student, you are also alumni of the University of Sussex, and all the benefits of being a Sussex Alumni are open to you. Find out about the benefits of being a Sussex Alumni.

About IDS
The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is a leading global institution for development 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 sustainable 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 over 120 staff working in research and teaching, 70 in knowledge services, communications and the library and about 200 students at any one time. But the IDS community extends far beyond this, encompassing an extensive network of over 360 global partners, 2,100 alumni and hundreds of former staff across the development community worldwide.